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PHO Rounds: HPV Vaccination: An Underused Strategy for the Prevention of Cancer

Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination prevents cervical, head and neck, and anogenital cancers. HPV vaccines are recommended for routine administration to school-aged children before potential exposure to HPV. However, HPV vaccine coverage falls short of targets, and school-based programs were disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Understanding the modifiable drivers of vaccine acceptance and uptake is important to increase HPV vaccination.

This presentation will discuss the impact of HPV on the burden of cancer, the changing landscape of HPV vaccine programs and key factors associated with HPV vaccine uptake. In this presentation, the Behavioural and Social Drivers of Vaccination (BeSD) framework will be described (see: HPV Vaccination: An Underused Strategy for the Prevention of Cancer), and broadly applied to understanding the drivers of HPV vaccination. Audience members will gain an understanding of the factors associated with vaccination which can be leveraged to regularly measure these factors, develop interventions to promote vaccine uptake and improve HPV vaccine coverage.

Intended audience: Research scientists, immunization program managers, policy and decision makers, public health nurses, and public health staff who work on immunization programs

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the changing landscape of HPV vaccine programs in Ontario and Canada
  • Identify factors associated with HPV vaccine uptake in children
  • Apply the Behavioural and Social Drivers of Vaccination framework in their public health practice

Présentateur(s): Dr. Gilla Shapiro

Gilla Shapiro, MA(Cantab), MPA/MPP, PhD, CPsych, is a clinical and health psychologist at the Department of Supportive Care, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, and an Assistant Professor at the Department of Psychiatry and Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto. She completed a PhD at McGill University and a dual-degree MPA/MPP at the London School of Economics and the Hertie School of Governance. Dr. Shapiro’s research focuses on understanding health behaviour, improving mental health, identifying the social determinants of health, and promoting health equity. Dr. Shapiro has published over 60 peer-reviewed manuscripts, book chapters, and commissioned reports. Her research is funded by CIHR.

Avis de non-responsabilité

The opinions expressed by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies or views of Public Health Ontario, nor does the mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by Public Health Ontario.


Public Health Ontario Grand Rounds are a self-approved group learning activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC). In order to receive written documentation for Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits, please check “Yes” beside the question “Do you require CME credits?” on the registration form.

College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) Affiliate Members may count RCPSC credits toward their Mainpro+ credit requirements. All other CFPC members may claim up to 50 Certified credits per cycle for participation in RCPSC MOC Section 1 accredited activities.

PHO Grand Rounds are also approved by the Council of Professional Experience for professional development hours (PDHs) for members of the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors (CIPHI).

For more information or for a record of registration for other Continuing Education purposes, please contact events@oahpp.ca


Public Health Ontario is committed to complying with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). If you require accommodations to participate in this event, please contact 647-260-7100 or events@oahpp.ca.

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Publié le 13 avr. 2023