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HPV Vaccine Lunch & Learn 2017

CCAP HPV Forum 2017


ACS Resources

HPV and Oral Health

HPV Workgroup


The HPV Initiative aims to increase HPV vaccine uptake by providing education to San Diego County providers and the community.

Active partners (as of June 2017):

  • American Academy of Pediatrics

  • American Cancer Society

  • Borrego Health 

  • Cancer Care Access Partnership

  • County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency

  • Kaiser Permanente

  • UCSD, Moores Cancer Center

  • UCSD, Skaggs School of Pharmacy

To participate in meetings and activities, contact 


Cancer Prevention Through HPV Vaccination in Your Practice: An Action Guide

The Clinician and System Action Guides are a suite of six booklets tailored to specific professional audiences.
The guides communicate the collective guidance of the HPV Roundtable for health care providers, decision makers and support staff to implement key interventions and strategies to raise HPV vaccination rates. Content is the result of collaboration among top national thought leaders, practitioners and organizations. We believe health care professionals at every level can be part of preventing HPV cancers and pre-cancers.


The guides available include:

  • Physician/Physician Assistant/Nurse Practitioner Guide

  • Nurse & Medical Assistant Guide

  • Dental Health Professionals Guide

  • Large Health Systems Guide

  • Office Team Guide

  • Small Private Practices Guide


American Cancer Society HPV Vaccine Resources


National HPV Vaccination Roundtable Resources:

HPV Oral Health


Cancer Prevention Through HPV Vaccination in Your Practice: An Action Guide

Human papillomavirus (HPV) can cause serious health problems, including genital warts and certain cancers. However, in most cases HPV goes away on its own before causing any health problems.

What is genital HPV?
Genital human papillomavirus (also called HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI) in the U.S. Most types of HPV are not harmful to people. There are more than 40 types of HPV that can infect the genital areas as well as the mouth and throat. Most people who become infected with HPV do not know that they are infected.

What is oral HPV?
The same types of HPV that infect the genital areas can infect the mouth and throat. HPV found in the mouth and throat is called “oral HPV.” Some types of oral HPV (known as “high risk types”) can cause cancers of the head and neck area. Other types of oral HPV (known as “low risk types”) can cause warts in the mouth or throat. In most cases, HPV infections of all types go away before they cause any health problems.

What head and neck cancers can be caused by HPV?
HPV can cause cancers in the back of the throat, most commonly in the base of the tongue and tonsils, in an area known as the “oropharynx.” These cancers are called “oropharyngeal cancers.”

How does HPV cause cancer?
HPV can cause normal cells in infected skin to turn abnormal. Most of the time, you cannot see or feel these cell changes. In most cases, the body fights off the HPV infection naturally and infected cells then go back to normal. But in cases when the body does not fight off this virus, HPV can cause visible changes and certain types of HPV can cause an oropharyngeal cancer. Cancer caused by HPV often takes years to develop after initially getting an HPV infection. It is unclear if having HPV alone is sufficient to cause oropharyngeal cancers, or if other factors (such as smoking or chewing tobacco) interact with HPV to cause these cancers. More research is needed to understand all the factors leading to oropharyngeal cancers.

Download the following resource by HPV can cause cancers in the back of the throat, most commonly in the base of the tongue and tonsils, in an area known as the “oropharynx.” These cancers are called “oropharyngeal cancers.”

Dental Health Provider Resources
Below are homegrown dental health provider resources developed by the Dental Health Initiative from County of San Diego Health and Human Services.  Click on the images to download a PDF copy of each.

Info for oral health providers

Info for community members


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This gathering was co-sponsored by the local American Cancer Society, Health Center Partners of Southern California, and the San Diego Immunization Coalition. 

The inaugural "roll call" stemmed from the desire to start a more cohesive dialogue among all the different pockets of individuals and programs working to decrease HPV infection throughout San Diego County. The vision was that by bringing these programs together, we could share best practices, inspire possible collaborations, and build a community of HPV vaccine support through the Cancer Vaccine Workgroup. 

Twelve presentations were made representing FQHCs, health systems, pharmacies, dentists, research, community based organizations, and volunteer groups. This may become an annual meeting as there are more programs and individuals that share our endeavor to reduce HPV infections. 

Click here to view the presentations. Please note slides augment oral presentations. 


Roll Call


SDIC initiated this event by fostering a collaboration between Prevent Cancer Foundation, the fiscal agent, and the local Healthy San Diego Health Education & Cultural/Linguistics Workgroup, which comprises of local health plans:

  • Care1st

  • Community Health Group

  • Health Net

  • Kaiser Permanente

  • Molina

The special keynote speaker was the Tony award winner, Marissa Winokur from Hairspray.


Cancer Care Access Partnership,

HPV Forum Planning Committee (l-r):

Eugene Beronilla, MPH, San Diego Immunization Program

Natalie Svistoonoff, MPH, Project Concern International 

Haley Erickson, MPH, Care1st Health Plan

Giovanna Perez, UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center
Karina Moyano, MPH, American Cancer Society
Jesse Nodora, DrPH, UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center


The Cancer Care Access Partnership hosted Same Day, Same Way, a free HPV forum on June 22, 2017 at the UCSD Moores Cancer Center.

The following resources were available to participants, along with an offer for free technical assistance. Please contact if your organization or practice would also like technical assistance to increase HPV vaccination. 


  • Update on HPV-related Head and Neck Cancers

  • HPV Vaccines: Where We Are

  • Resources for Providers to Address Parent Concerns

  • Increasing Vaccination Rates in a Community Clinic

Presentation slides


Packet handouts and other resources


American Cancer Society


American Academy of Pediatrics – California Chapter 3


Center for Disease Control and Prevention


Just Another Shot – Video for Providers


Science magazine published special issue about "The Vaccine Wars"
On April 28, Science magazine published a special issue about what they referred to as "The Vaccine Wars." The issue includes the following five articles:



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