Organizations across New Hampshire came together in 2016 to form the HPV Vaccine Stakeholders Working Group to collaborate on evidence-based efforts to increase HPV vaccine rates across the state. With support from a NH Comprehensive Cancer Collaboration implementation funding award, the group set out to host provider education and public awareness events focusing on targeted New Hampshire populations.  The implementation period was January through May 2017 and resulted in a series of successful events.

In January, the group organized two provider education trainings at Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene.  The content was based on the CDC’s You Are the Key to Cancer Prevention campaign.  Thirty-three providers from various disciplines and departments including pediatrics, women's health, family medicine, and community health participated.  Of the participants, 100% stated they would recommend the session to others, and over 85% indicated they plan to implement at least one change to improve their practice or patient care to increase HPV vaccinations.  Over 95% agreed or strongly agreed that as a result of the training, they can provide useful and compelling information about the HPV vaccine to parents to aid in making the decision to vaccinate.

Public awareness education events were held at the Chesterfield School in February, at Keene High School in April, and at the Rialto Theatre in Lancaster in May.  These events targeted providers as well as general public audiences and included continuing education accreditation.  The programs consisted of screenings of the film Someone You Love:The HPV Epidemic and were followed by expert panel discussions and audience question and answer sessions. These free events highlighted the physical and emotional toll that HPV and cancer can have on our lives and what can be done to help prevent cancer. In total, approximately 73 people attended including medical providers, parents, students, school personnel, and school nurses. The preliminary survey results show that all or nearly all participants agreed or strongly agreed that the events provided useful and compelling information and that participants are better able to explain the rationale for vaccinating youth at ages 11 or 12.

HPV immunization is a way to prevent cancer, and low vaccination rates leave New Hampshire boys and girls vulnerable to HPV-related cancers. According to the CDC, HPV infections cause over 17,000 cancers in women, and over 9,000 cancers in men each year in the US.

The HPV Vaccine Stakeholder Working Group began meeting approximately one year ago with the goal to prevent cancer by increasing HPV immunization rates in New Hampshire.  The group fosters collaboration and dialogue among professionals around New Hampshire who are interested in improving HPV vaccination rates.  More than a dozen organizations participate in the HPV Vaccine Stakeholders Working Group.  For more information, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..