Abstract: Rural communities experience health disparities, including elevated incidence and mortality of human papillomavirus (HPV)-associated cancers and correspondingly low HPV vaccination rates. There are numerous policy strategies that are available at multiple levels – patient, provider, clinic, community, state, and national – to address geographic, clinical, and communication barriers to HPV vaccination across rural America. Examples include policy development, implementation, and evaluation of healthcare provider and clinic-based assessment and education initiatives; school entry requirements; school, pharmacy, and community-based vaccination programs; evidence-based, community-driven communication efforts; and increased interventional research in rural communities. Strategically implemented policy measures will contribute to reduction in the incidence and mortality from HPV-related cancers through increased access to HPV vaccination in our rural communities.
Citation: Vanderpool, R. C., Stradtman, L. R., & Brandt, H. M. (2019). Policy opportunities to increase HPV vaccination in rural communities. Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics, 4, 1-6. doi: 10.1080/21645515.2018.1553475