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Improving Provider Knowledge of HPV to Reduce Cancer on Nantucket & Martha’s Vineyard

Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the USA. Over 90% of cervical and anal cancers and 75% of oropharyngeal cancer are caused by persistent HPV infection. These infections, and the resultant cancers, can be prevented with vaccination. However, the islands of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket lag far behind the Massachusetts average in their HPV vaccination rates. Because research demonstrates that provider recommendations greatly impact patient’s decisions on vaccination, Team Maureen has educated hundreds of medical and dental providers across the state on HPV’s connection to cancer and their role in prevention. For the first time, Team Maureen will bring this high quality provider education to the communities of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket to ensure that medical and dental providers are well-equipped to discuss HPV’s connection to cancer and the importance of vaccination with their patients. Key to these provider events is the collaboration between medical and dental providers on the Islands. In these smaller island communities, having all providers from the dentist to the family practitioner, using the same language and highlighting the same facts can impact patient behavior.
Identify any specific population(s) this project will serve: 
All of Us
American Indian
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Community based organization staff
Health care provider
Project Lead:
Kelly Welch
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May 1, 2020 to Apr 30, 2021
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