Immunization Coalitions Network News

Network News – June 17, 2015


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Follow-up from IZCoalitions Network webinar of June 8 on HPV

On June 8, the IZCoalitions Network sponsored a one-hour webinar focusing on human papillomavirus (HPV) prevention, with a speaker from the National HPV Vaccination Roundtable and the director of the film Someone You Love: The HPV Epidemic. If you were not one of the nearly 200 people who participated in this webinar, you can now watch it online. [Registration is required.] 

The first speaker, Noel T. Brewer, PhD, associate professor of Health Behavior, Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina, and chair of the National HPV Vaccination Roundtable, provided an overview of the Roundtable's work. The purpose of the National HPV Vaccination Roundtable is to increase HPV vaccination coverage. Key activities include increased awareness, provider education, public education, systems changes, and health policy efforts. The Roundtable is currently reviewing submissions for pilot projects to sponsor. Coalition partners who might be interested in serving on a Roundtable work group should email HPV.Vaccination.Roundtable@cancer.org.

Access Dr. Brewer's slide set from the webinar.

The second speaker, Frederic Lumiere, director of the film Someone You Love: The HPV Epidemic, described making and promoting this feature-length documentary that presents the struggles and triumphs of five women whose lives were changed forever by this deadly virus. You can watch the trailer on YouTube. To access the complete film, go to the website at www.hpvepidemic.com and click on "Watch it now" to request a private link. Interested parties can sponsor a screening (unlimited audience) for $300, which covers the licensing fee. Smaller groups that can't afford the $300 fee can contact Lumiere Media at cheryl@hpvepidemic.com to negotiate a reasonable fee relative to the audience. The website also provides a way for groups that want to host a screening and groups/individuals willing to provide financial support to get together. Right now, more financial sponsors are needed.

Lisa Robertson, executive director of the Indiana Immunization Coalition (IIC), said that free CME credit for physicians watching the film will be available shortly through the University of Indiana School of Medicine; providing CEU credit for nurses is currently being explored. A Maintenance of Certification (MOC) for pediatricians nationwide is also available. Email Lori@vaccinateindiana.org for more information.

IAC encourages anyone who wants to know more about the National HPV Vaccination Roundtable or the film Someone You Love: The HPV Epidemic, to watch the complete webinar.

Two IZcoalitions Network participants made announcements.

  • Mackenzie Melton reminded people that WithinReach will be sponsoring CDC's "Pink Book" course on September 16–17. The course provides a comprehensive review of immunizations and the diseases they prevent. Continuing education credits are available. Additionally, a selection of pre-course workshops will be offered on September 15, with topics including HPV, vaccine hesitancy, and the Washington State Immunization Information System.
  • Bihn Tran announced an outreach on cervical cancer awareness at Good Shepherd Church, 8200 Gold Coast Drive, San Diego, on June 27, from 3:00–7:00 p.m. (PT), sponsored by the Asian Pacific Health Foundation, with the assistance of University of California San Diego pharmacy students

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