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Celebrating HPV prevention work across the nation

Champions recognized in 25 states for their work to increase vaccination rates

The American Cancer Society, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Association of American Cancer Institutes (AACI) recently announced the 2019 HPV Vaccine is Cancer Prevention Champion award winners. This year, champions were honored from 25 states (not all states participate). The winners were notified last week. A spotlight of each winner is posted on the CDC’s website. 

This award was established in 2017 to recognize clinicians, clinics, practices, groups, and health systems that are going above and beyond to foster HPV vaccination in their communities. State and territorial immunization program managers coordinate the nomination and review process. Champions must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Adolescent Health: The candidate must be a clinician, clinic, practice, group, or health system that treats adolescents as part of their overall population.
  • Vaccination Rates: The candidate must reach the target series completion rate of 60% for the patient population aged 13–15 years. The rate must account for both female and male patients. Vaccination under the two-dose schedule (two doses given at least five months apart in children ages 9–14 years old) satisfies series completion, as does the original three-dose schedule.

In addition, Champions should meet one or more of the following judging criteria:

  • Leadership: The candidate is considered an authority on HPV vaccination. 
  • Collaboration: The candidate has worked to build support for and increase HPV vaccination rates in their adolescent population. 
  • Innovation: The candidate has used creative or innovative strategies to promote HPV vaccination or address challenges to HPV vaccination in their practice, health system, community, state, or region. 

To learn more about these champions and how they have achieved high HPV vaccination rates, read the winner spotlights.

  • Arkansas: Laura Williams, MD
  • California: Raymond Perry, MD
  • Georgia: Cobb Pediatric Associates
  • Hawaii: Aiea Pediatrics
  • Iowa: Nathan Boonstra, MD, FAAP
  • Louisiana: Sunnyside Pediatrics
  • Maine: Westbrook Pediatrics
  • Massachusetts: Thomas J. Schuch, MD, MPH
  • Michigan: Ascension Borgess Family Medicine and Pediatrics
  • Minnesota: Andrea Singh, MD
  • Mississippi: Vibha Vig, MD
  • Nevada: Reno Center for Child and Adolescent Health
  • New Jersey: Bellevue Pediatrics
  • New Mexico: Jicarilla Service Unit HIS
  • New York: Anna Belle Hyde, FNP-C
  • Ohio: Cincinnati Health Department
  • Oklahoma: Southwestern Pediatrics
  • Oregon: Warm Springs Health and Wellness Center
  • Pennsylvania: UPMC St. Margaret Bloomfield Garfield Family Health Center
  • South Carolina: Tandem Health
  • Tennesse: Sewanee Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine
  • Utah: Southridge Pediatrics
  • Virginia: Elizabeth Watts, MD
  • Wisconsin: Lakeshore Community Health Care
  • Wyoming: The Nursing Team of University of Wyoming Family Practice Clinic 


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