215089 Iowa HPV vaccination project: Reducing barriers to care

Tuesday, November 9, 2010 : 4:30 PM - 4:50 PM

Karith Humpal, BA, English; MA Education , Family Planning Council of Iowa, Des Moines, IA
Jodi Tomlonovic, MPA , Executive Director, Family Planning Council of Iowa, Des Moines, IA
Background:Girls in Iowa under 19 are provided access to the HPV vaccine through the VFC Program. Women ages 19-26 are not provided access through any federal programming at this time. The population for this study is women, 19-26, who choose to receive family planning services at the Family Planning Council of Iowa or the Iowa Department of Public Health's clinics.

Objective:Reduce the incidents of cervical cancer and mortality through provision of the HPV vaccine to vulnerable populations.

Methods:State-wide surveys of family planning clients at 16 clinics, ages 19-26, were administered to determine the levels of assistance needed for client receipt of the HPV vaccine. A pilot project ran to determine the effectiveness of Merck & Co., Inc.'s Patient Assistance Program in the family planning clinic setting, as well as a pilot to determine health insurance coverage levels for the HPV vaccine.

Results:56% of women surveyed want to receive the HPV vaccine, but 78% of them need assistance to pay for the vaccine series. Research data also identified a need for increased education about HPV-related disease. Merck & Co., Inc.'s Patient Assistance Program is a viable resource for provision of the HPV vaccine, but family planning clinics need more information about how to set up the program and build a vaccine inventory.

Implications for Programs, Policy and/or Research:Family planning clinics around the nation can use this research as a starting point for creating assistance programming to address localized access needs to the HPV vaccine.

Learning Areas:
Assessment of individual and community needs for health education
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Program planning
Provision of health care to the public

Learning Objectives:
1. List barriers to HPV vaccination in young women. 2. Develop programming to address barriers to HPV vaccination in young women in the family planning clinic setting.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I oversaw the research and preparation of the Iowa HPV Vaccination Project. I am the Executive Director of the Family Planning Council of Iowa.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.