Jason Daniel-Ulloa presented a poster related to his CPCRN work on community-clinical linkages and HPV vaccination at the inaugural Advancing the Science of Cancer in Latinos Conference that took place in San Antonio, Texas on Feb 21-23, 2018. The presentation was called Applying a Community Engaged Model to Community-Clinic Linkages: Trial and Error in a Small Rural Town.
Latinas have the second highest incidence and mortality of cervical cancer compared to other racial/ethnic groups in the United States. The HPV vaccine prevents most cervical cancer cases but immunization rates remain low. In 2016, up-to-date HPV vaccinations for Latinx adolescents in the US was 49.9% (55.3% of females and 44.6% of males), well below the ideal 80%.
These national statistics may be obscuring rural rates, especially in areas with higher than average proportions of foreign-born Latinos/as, and below average rates of educational attainment and health insurance; all factors that contribute to lower odds of vaccination status. For small rural towns, these factors may be exacerbated by economic, geographic and social barriers to vaccine access.
This project is a description of the process used by our research group to build partnerships, identify major barriers to access based on community input, and to implement a project to link community education and clinic resources to increase access to the HPV vaccine in a rural Latinx population.
Citation: Daniel-Ulloa, J., Seegmiller, L., Duarte, A., Baquero, B., Moreno, E., & Reyes, J. (February 21-23, 2018). Applying a community engaged model to community-clinic linkages: Trial and error in a small rural town. Advancing the Science of Cancer in Latinos Conference.