HPV Information for Providers & Health Systems
About the Alliance for HPV Free Colorado
The Alliance for HPV Free Colorado 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 counties across Colorado. 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 six county health departments: Boulder County Public Health, Broomfield Public Health and Environment, Denver Public Health, Jefferson County Public Health, Northeast Colorado Health Department, and Weld County Department of Public Health and Environment. Other official partners include the Immunize Colorado, the American Cancer Society, 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 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 individuals or groups. These trainings will be led by an expert, virtually or in person at a location and time convenient to you and your clinic. Food can be provided as well as free communications materials. You may also request access to your practice’s vaccination rates. To schedule a training, please fill out the interest form. Personalized training options include:
- HPV 101 - Provides attendees with the latest information on the burden of HPV, information on HPV vaccination guidelines, and strategies and tips for providing a strong recommendation for the HPV vaccine.
- Motivational Interviewing - Provides attendees with the skills to counsel vaccine hesitant parents or patients.
The Alliance also offers trainings and resources for dental providers:
- HPV and Oropharyngeal Cancer - Provides dental health professionals information about HPV, the burden of disease, how to counsel patients, and how to conduct an oropharyngeal exam. This PowerPoint is for reference only; no Continuing Education (CE) credits can be earned by viewing the slides. To receive CE, you must fill out the interest form to schedule a training.
- Dental Provider Toolkit - This toolkit was created by the dental workgroup of the Alliance for HPV Free Colorado as a supplement to the in-person training to help providers implement the Alliance for HPV Free Colorado dental protocol. It also serves as an educational resource for dental and medical providers.
- Oral Screening Video - This is a comprehensive video of a visual and tactile, intraoral and extraoral cancer evaluation.
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 in your clinic.
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 in-person trainings, ongoing support from Alliance staff, your practice’s vaccination rates, and free communication materials.
For more details on participation expectations, please view the project one-pager.
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 fill out the order form.
5. Access HPV Vaccination Rates in the 15-County Region
- Vaccination Up-to-Date Rates by Race & Gender
- Vaccination Initiation Rates by Race & Gender
- Vaccination Monthly Rates - February 2021
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.
For additional questions, please contact Tiffany Jerrod at Tiffany.Jerrod@dhha.org or 303-602-7262.