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RAVE project aims to drive vaccination rates in rural Oregon and across the country
Did you know that we can prevent cancer of the cervix, throat, and elsewhere through HPV vaccination? The vaccine is safe and effective for both males and females, ages 9-26 years. The Rural Adolescent Vaccine Enterprise, also known as RAVE, is a research study designed to understand why vaccination rates are low in rural settings and identify new ways to improve them.
- Principal Investigators: LJ Fagnan, M.D.; Patty Carney, M.D.
- Institution: Oregon Rural Practice-based Research Network, OHSU
- Project Dates: July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2023
Although the HPV vaccine has been available for over a decade and has demonstrated effectiveness in preventing precancerous changes in the cervix, anus, and oral cavity, we fall far short of achieving the Healthy People 2020 goal of 80% completion of the vaccine series by ages 13-15 years.
The national completion rate is less than 50% of the CDC Benchmark; in rural Oregon, the county-level HPV completion rate is 27.8%. To improve HPV vaccination rates, it is necessary to change practice behavior and knowledge in Oregon communities about the vaccine .
In partnership with the State of Oregon Immunization Program and 40 participating primary care practices in rural Oregon, the RAVE research team at the Oregon Rural Practice-based Research Network (ORPRN) will increase the capacity of practices to sustain a quality improvement (QI) structure and processes that lead to improved immunization rates.
ORPRN Practice Enhancement and Research Coordinators will act as facilitators, and will provide boots-on-the-ground support for the practice QI team. The findings from RAVE will improve HPV immunization rates across rural Oregon and will be shared across rural America.
On March 14, 2019, a protocol paper outlining the study’s stepped-wedge cluster randomized design was published in the journal Implementation Science.
For more information, contact RAVE Project Manager Caitlin Dickinson at firstname.lastname@example.org