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How well is your health system performing on preventing cancer through HPV vaccination?  Are you on track to meet the Healthy People 2020 goal of 80% coverage (see IID-11.4 & 11.5)?

We are launching a national initiative called We’re In! 2020 to catalyze health systems to close the HPV cancer prevention care gap. Health systems joining We’re In! 2020 agree to prioritize HPV vaccination.

Adolescent immunization is key to long-term population health. The following resources were curated to support your organization in this quest. 

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Why Prioritize HPV Vaccination?

We would argue that protecting patients against future cancers is the right thing to do.

Consider this as well: Does your current HPV vaccination rate represent your organizational commitment to adolescent population health?  

If not, let us tell you why your health system should prioritize HPV vaccination:

1. Prevent Cancer

HPV vaccination helps prevent 6 cancers (check out the latest evidence) and properly immunizing your patients is the standard of care.

2. Achieve the triple aim

HPV vaccination delivers on the triple aim: 

  • It improves the patient experience of care
  • It improves the health of populations
  • It reduces the per capita cost of health care

3. Improve population health

Health systems have access to large numbers of patients offering robust opportunity for significant impact on cancer prevention. HPV vaccination protects adolescents from becoming adults with HPV cancers and builds “herd” immunity. Check out this article from AMGA’s Group Practice Journal in October 2019.

4. Improve key performance measures

Payers may encourage improvements to adolescent measures in alignment with Healthy People 2020, HEDIS or the Medicaid core set for children. Your system may have incentive opportunities to explore.

5. Provide Leadership

Without an organizational imperative, providers and/or clinic sites may not know their HPV vaccination rates or current HPV vaccination guidelines and messaging. The mission needs to come from the top. Our Action Guide for Large Health Systems outlines how leadership can implement the requisite changes. 

Spotlight: Health System Success Stories

Why start from scratch when you can learn from early adopters?  Learn of implementation recommendations from several health systems that have already undertaken HPV initiatives in their systems.

Health System Case Studies

Advocate Health Care

Advocate Health Care is the largest health system in Illinois, with 6,000 physicians in an integrated network and 200 sites of care and specialty clinics from Chicago to central Illinois. Physicians are both employed and aligned with the system.

Kelsey-Sebold Clinic

Kelsey-Seybold Clinic is a large multi-specialty clinic system located in Greater Houston, Texas which includes 425 providers that care for a half-million
patients annually in more than 55 medical specialties at 20 locations.

Sanford Health

Headquartered in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Sanford Health includes 44 medical centers, 482 clinics, more
than 2,000 providers, and over 9,000 registered nurses who provide services in 26 states and 9 countries. Sanford serves over 40,000 adolescents ages 11-17.

Lessons Learned Videos

Cook Children’s Healthcare System

Interventions for Health Systems

We have resource galore from our member organizations to support interventions.

Communication Resources

We have resource galore from our member organizations to support interventions.

Survivor Stories

Hearing from an HPV cancer survivor may be compelling to your system leadership and staff. Listen to first person and caretaker accounts of why we should prevent HPV cancers.

Invite a Survivor Speaker to Your Event