HPV Vaccination Learning Collaborative
Maine Quality Counts (QC) has been awarded a two-year grant from the Maine Cancer Foundation to create and facilitate a HPV Vaccination Learning Collaborative with pediatric or primary care practices in Maine, with the goal of increasing HPV vaccination rates for girls and boys, ages 11-13. This will be done by improving provider and clinical staff awareness around HPV vaccination, through education and evidenced-based interventions, in addition to various quality improvement strategies.
Some of these strategies include:
- Baseline assessment of current HPV vaccination workflows and processes before developing a report of strengths and opportunities.
- Monthly, on-site technical support (to be provided by QC’s experienced practice facilitators) around the practice team tools and methods for implementing evidenced-based strategies designed to increase HPV vaccination rates, including quarterly PDSA cycles.
- Sharing of best-practice workflows from other collaboratives, plus assistance with creating new workflows within practices (again, to be managed by QC’s practice facilitators).
- Monthly coaching calls with all practices in the HPV Vaccination Learning Collaborative, with links to national webinars and resources
- One, in-person, Peer-to-Peer Learning Session to share best practice strategies, network with each other, and review current/upcoming PDSA cycles.
- On-site provider and clinical staff trainings on HPV as Cancer Prevention, including how to increase HPV vaccination rates in practices.
Maine Quality Counts is guided by the overarching goal of improving health and health care for Maine people. The Maine Cancer Foundation (MCF) is guided by a similar mission, with a cancer-specific focus. They focus on reducing cancer incidence and mortality rates in the state and improving patient outcomes by supporting statewide, evidenced-based initiatives. Collaboration between our two organizations will go a long way in increasing HPV adolescent vaccination rates in the state, while supporting both of these missions.
Maine Cancer Foundation’s grant is offered as part of their ongoing Challenge Cancer 2020 initiative, aimed at reducing cancer incidence and mortality 20% by 2020. They have awarded nearly $6 million since 2015 in support of this initiative, focused on prevention, early detection and screening, and access to care for all Mainers. To learn more about Maine Cancer Foundation, visit mainecancer.org or contact Kristen Smith, firstname.lastname@example.org (207) 773-2533.