Center for Health Promotion and Prevention Research


Adolescent Vaccination Project: Multi-Component Interventions for Patients and Providers to Increase HPV Vaccination in a Network of Pediatric Clinics.

Project Overview

The Adolescent Vaccination Project is a collaboration between the UTHealth School of Public Health, Baylor College of Medicine, and Texas Children's Pediatrics (TCP). The primary goal of this initiative is to increase initiation and completion of HPV vaccination among male and female patients at TCP, a network of over 50 clinics in the greater Houston area.

To increase HPV vaccination rates, we are using a multi-level approach that targets families, providers, and the healthcare system.

Provider-level initiatives include: (1) immunization champions that help facilitate the rollout of project strategies in their clinic; (2) tailored immunization reports, highlighting adolescent vaccination rates at the provider, clinic and network levels; (3) EHR-based provider reminders for HPV vaccination; and (4) a comprehensive online continuing education module, developed specifically for TCP physicians, nurses and clinical staff, that focuses on HPV vaccination best practices and communicating with parents about the HPV vaccine.

Family initiatives include: (1) an enhanced reminder system for patients due or overdue for HPV vaccination; (2) parent focus groups to better understand the factors affecting decision-making and the barriers that TCP families face; and (3) an educational intervention for families that employs innovative strategies to identify and overcome barriers to HPV vaccination.

The study will use a group-randomized design to determine the comparative effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of a provider intervention and a provider plus family intervention at increasing HPV vaccination rates in TCP clinics.

Sally W. Vernon, PhD, Principal Investigator
Lara S. Savas, PhD, Co-Principal Investigator
Ross Shegog, PhD, Co-Investigator
Maria E. Fernandez, PhD, Co-Investigator
David R. Lairson, PhD, Co-Investigator

Baylor College of Medicine
Catherine Mary Healy, MD, Co-Investigator

Texas Children's Pediatrics
Stan Spinner, MD, FAA), Partner
Carol Miller, Partner

Project Staff

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