The O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at UAB led the establishment of a coalition of organizations across Alabama to address barriers and improve human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccination rates in the state. Through a grant from the National Cancer Institute, the O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center implemented a comprehensive assessment to identify needs and assets associated with HPV vaccination uptake in Alabama. The statewide assessment included interviews with pediatricians, nursing staff, parents, and other stakeholders. This led to the establishment of a statewide HPV Vaccination Coalition and comprehensive plan to improve HPV vaccination in the state.
Organizations participating in the coalition include: the Alabama Chapter of the American Cancer Society, American Academy of Pediatrics – Alabama Chapter, Alabama Department of Public Health Immunization Division, Alabama Comprehensive Cancer Coalition, Alabama Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program, Alabama Vaccines for Children Program, Alabama Medicaid Agency, Alabama Pharmacy Association, Alabama Child Health Improvement Alliance, Area Health Education Center – Alabama Chapter, Alabama Parent Teacher Association, American Academy of Family Physicians – Alabama Chapter, Children’s of Alabama, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama, VIVA Health, O’Neal Cancer Center and Mitchell Cancer Institute. The coalition has also counted on the support of the Immunization Services Division at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.