Over 100 providers have begun a six-month quality improvement initiative to increase HPV vaccination rates among adolescents. The project is sponsored by the Illinois and Wisconsin Chapters of the American Academy of Pediatrics, with support from the AAP and the Wisconsin Comprehensive Cancer Control Program.

Drs. Mala Mathur and Raj Naik, pediatrician members of the Wisconsin chapter, are leading the educational activities surrounding the effort, including live and archived webinars, and other online resources for participants, who receive maintenance of certification credits from the American Board of Pediatrics at the conclusion of the project.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, there are approximately 14 million new HPV infections every year, and 27,000 people in the US get cancer caused by HPV.

Following the first cohort’s conclusion in September 2018, the course will be available as a self-directed, enduring educational opportunity on a virtual platform.