School-based vaccination programs and the HPV vaccine in 16 Appalachian Kentucky school districts: Results from a pilot study

Gretchen E. Ely, Morgan Fields, Mark Dignan

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Abstract

The purpose of this article is to describe a pilot study of 16 Appalachian Kentucky school districts designed to gather information about their school vaccination and health education programs in relation to the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine. School district administrators were contacted by a professional telephone interviewer and asked to participate in a structured interview that also included open-ended questions. Results suggest that few schools have school-based vaccination programs, and of those that do, very few programs include the HPV vaccine. A majority of respondents reported that information leaflets about HPV are available in the schools, whereas few schools include discussions of HPV in their health programs. Almost all respondents reported an excellent relationship with their county health departments, school nurses, and school social workers, although most schools lacked the presence of a school social worker. Implications for social work practice and policy and directions for future research are also discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)368-379
Number of pages12
JournalSocial Work in Public Health
Volume29
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 7 2014
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • HPV vaccine
  • Human Papillomavirus
  • county health departments
  • school nurses
  • school social workers
  • school vaccination programs

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Health Policy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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