HPV Information for Providers
About the Alliance for HPV Free Colorado
The Alliance for HPV Free Colorado, formerly known as the Denver Metro Alliance for HPV Prevention, aims to implement a multidisciplinary approach that results in a sustainable increase in completion of the HPV vaccine series for 11-17 year olds in a 15-county region. Our objectives are to:
- Utilize community and partner stakeholders, including an HPV Advisory Council, to promote and champion HPV vaccine education and awareness,
- Plan and implement a health systems approach to increase adherence to national HPV vaccination guidelines among practices and providers,
- Adapt and implement a targeted communications plan to increase demand for and knowledge about the HPV vaccine among parents/guardians of adolescents aged 11-17 years, and
- Utilize sustainable analytic infrastructure to measure HPV vaccination rates.
The Alliance consists of eight county health departments: Boulder County Public Health, Broomfield Public Health and Environment, Denver Public Health, Jefferson County Public Health, Larimer County Department of Health and Environment, Northeast Colorado Health Department, Tri-County Health Department, and Weld County Department of Public Health and Environment. Other official partners include the Immunize Colorado and the Adult and Child Consortium for Health Outcomes Research and Delivery Science.
Ways You Can Get Involved
1. Join the HPV Advisory Council We welcome you to join us as we expand our partnerships and efforts to protect more Coloradans from HPV-related cancers by participating on our Advisory Council. During our quarterly HPV Advisory Council meetings, you will have a chance to champion HPV vaccine promotion and awareness, participate in a collaborative working group, and receive free materials to disseminate to your networks!.
To learn more about participating as a member of the HPV Advisory Council, contact Kristin Mlynarczyk: 720-777-8917 or Kristin.Mlynarczyk@childrenscolorado.org.
To learn about our 2015-2018 successes, view The Value of Collaboration in Preventing Cancer infographic.
2. Access Educational Trainings
The Alliance is offering free 1-2 hour HPV education sessions to any interested groups. These trainings will be led by an expert at a location and time convenient to you and your clinic. Food will be provided as well as free communications materials. You may also request access to your practice’s vaccination rates. Personalized training options include:
- HPV 101- Provides attendees with the latest information on the burden of HPV, information on the NEW HPV vaccination guidelines, and how to provide a strong recommendation for the HPV vaccine.
- Motivational Interviewing- Provides attendees with the skills to counsel vaccine hesitant parents or patients.
To schedule a training, please contact Nicole Steffens, HPV Program Coordinator: 303-602-7262 or email@example.com.
3. Participate in a Practice Intervention Opportunity
As a trusted source of information for your patients, we encourage your practice to consider participating in a project to increase HPV vaccination uptake.
The Alliance will help guide you through implementation of customizable, evidence-based quality improvement strategies to increase HPV vaccination uptake. If your practice participates you will receive free Maintenance of Certification and/or Continuing Medical Education credits, food for trainings, ongoing support from a local public health nurse, your practice’s vaccination rates, and free communication materials.
For more details regarding what is expected of participants, please view the project flyer. Additionally, a brief introductory webinar is available for a more in-depth overview. Listen to and view the webinar teaser here.
4. Order Resources for Your Clinic
#HPVFreeCO educational campaign materials are available at no cost to help you share information with parents and guardians about the importance of vaccinating preteens and teens against HPV. The materials are distributed in kits that include posters, rack cards and fact sheets to be used in clinical settings or at community events. To order #HPVFreeCO kits for your practice, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the News
- CDC recommends only two HPV shots for younger adolescents
CDC Resources for Providers
- Addressing Parents’ Top Questions about the HPV Vaccine
- HPV Vaccine Information for Clinicians
- Fact sheet for parents:
- Request printed materials for your office
- How to become a Vaccines for Children provider
- If you provide medical care to Medicaid patients and are not a Vaccines for Children (VFC) provider, we can help you become one or help you refer your patients to a local immunization partner to provide your patients’ vaccines.
To view resources for parents and families, please visit our Parents and Families HPV Prevention page.