The greatest barrier to HPV vaccination is a lack of provider recommendation. Only 53 percent of Texas adolescents received a recommendation. This can be attributed to several factors, including:
- limited provider knowledge of HPV-associated diseases,
- lack of awareness of optimal immune response data (timing of vaccine administration),
- limited understanding of HPV recommendations (i.e. three-dose series, no STI testing required), and
- limited time to discuss HPV vaccine due to competing priorities.
- Failure to complete the series.
- Lack of provider vaccine confidence
HPV Team-Based Learning Module in Texas Medical Schools
Through collaboration and influence this project seeks to increase medical provider education around HPV while they are still in training. Dr. Lois Ramondetta and her colleagues published the HPV Team-Based Learning Module on MedEdPORTAL. MedEdPORTAL serves as a clearinghouse for high-quality, peer-reviewed health education tools. This allows Medical Schools across the nation to download the curriculum and implement it in their programs. The Provider Education workgroup continues to target the 11 Medical Schools in Texas to encourage them to include the HPV TBL in their curriculum. Our member organization, Texas Medical Association co-wrote a letter with Dr. David Lakey, another member of the TX HPV Coalition and past-commissioner of Texas Department of State Health Services, to all the deans of the medical schools in Texas encouraging them to adopt the HPV TBL curriculum.