VIDEO: Reaching Border-Area Latina Moms and Daughters to Prevent Cervical Cancer
Dr. Deborah Parra-Medina, a professor at the Institute for Health Promotion Research (IHPR) at The UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, is promoting the HPV vaccine to prevent cervical cancer in South Texas.
Her project, Entre Madre e Hija, trains peer educators to provide outreach and education about HPV—the virus that causes cervical cancer—and navigation support to both mothers and daughters (ages 11-17) who decide to receive the HPV vaccine.
The peer educators have reached more than 1,800 women so far.
“Our outreach efforts have been very successful,” Dr. Parra-Medina said. “We have found many young girls that have initiated the vaccine but have not completed the three-dose series. As a result, our efforts now include a focus on increasing compliance with the 3 dose series as well.”
IHPR researchers Drs. Daisy Morales Campos and Cynthia Mojica are co-investigators on Entre Madres. The project is funded by the Cancer Prevention Research Institute of Texas.
Find out more in this video.
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