PRINCE WILLIAM HEALTH DISTRICT RECEIVES GRANT TO PREVENT CANCER

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Provided by Virginia Department of Health, Prince William Health District

Program will Identify Strategies to Increase HPV Vaccinations

Virginia Department of Health

Manassas, Virginia — The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) has awarded Prince William Health District (PWHD) grant funding to support cancer prevention in the community. The funds will be used to identify strategies to improve vaccination rates for Human Papillomavirus (HPV), the leading cause of cervical and several other types of cancers. Each year in the United States, about 26,000 new cases of HPV-related cancers are diagnosed, many of which can be prevented with the vaccine.

According to the 2013 National Immunization Survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Virginia’s HPV vaccination rates are low, compared to other states. The grant award will enable the Prince William Health District to collaborate with local healthcare providers and other partners to increase HPV vaccination based on recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.

“The Prince William Health District is committed to improving the health of the residents in our community by preventing cancer through increased HPV vaccination,” said PWHD’s Health Director Dr. Alison Ansher. “We are pleased that NACCHO selected the Prince William Health District to address this important area of public health.”

The project will begin in February 2015.

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