271432 In the game of life every shot counts

Monday, October 29, 2012 : 4:54 PM - 4:57 PM

Laura Patterson, BA , Immunization Program, Public Health Informatics, Marion County Public Health Department, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Indianapolis, IN
Background: Many people rely on heuristic reasoning to determine the potential risks and/or benefits of a particular course of action. Heuristic reasoning utilizes mental inventories of recalled experiences for decision making; giving special weight to perceived authorities, while steering clear of options that could improve their situation but that also involve the potential to make them worse off than they are at present. A 1979 study revealed the tendency of these individuals to selectively credit and dismiss information in a manner that confirms their prior beliefs. After evaluating the data, we tailored our project by putting a “face” on cervical cancer. Our partnership advocates for HPV vaccination by highlighting the unsuccessful fight of 23-year-old, Kristen Forbes, against cervical cancer. Our goal is to improve Marion County's Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) immunization rates to 50% by the end of 2013.

Setting: According to the “2011 National & State Vaccination Coverage Among Adolescents Aged 13 Through 17 Years in the US”, the percentage of girls receiving at least 1 dose of HPV vaccine in Indiana is 37%. Only three other states have lower HPV vaccination rates. Population: Marion County has a population of approximately 903,393 (2010 census). Project Description: Our project utilizes modern technology to promote our message: PSA's, YouTube, electronic newsletters, theaters, websites and Twitter. Notwithstanding, we employed the more traditional media such as: banners, posters, public address, celebrity endorsement (Indiana Fever), and television interviews. Results/Lessons Learned: Our collaboration has improved the public's awareness of HPV through the utilization of public forums, testimony to CDC and the 2nd Annual Healthcare Summit in Washington DC (Women in Government) as well as a presence in conjunction with Super Bowl XLVI.

Learning Areas:
Advocacy for health and health education

Learning Objectives:
Describe the utilization of personal experience in tailoring a Public Service Announcement (PSA) on Human Papillomavirus Virus (HPV).

Keywords: Cervical Cancer, Immunizations

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am a public health professional with more than twenty-eight of experience and currently work for the Marion County Public Health Department as a Manager for the Immunization Program. I am a student with Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and am pursuing a post graduate Certificate in Public Health Informatics.
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.

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