Award Criteria

The CDC HPV Vaccination Award

The HPV Vaccine is Cancer Prevention Champion Award is an annual award given jointly by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), American Cancer Society (ACS)external icon, and Association of American Cancer Institutes (AACI)external icon. This award recognizes clinicians, clinics, practices, groups, and health systems that are going above and beyond to foster HPV vaccination in their communities.

CDC recognizes the great effort made every year by leaders from ACS, AACI, our states and U.S. Territories and Freely Associated States, and the District of Columbia to identify champions who make a critical difference in HPV vaccination.  For this reason, CDC is revising and expanding its award programs. We are thankful for your support and commitment. Detailed information about the revised award program and nominations will be released in the future.

Up to one Champion from each of the 50 U.S. states, 8 U.S. Territories and Freely Associated States, and the District of Columbia will be recognized.

Award Criteria

State and territorial immunization program managers will coordinate the nomination and review process, and then send their nomination to the CDC for final review. State and territorial immunization programs should base their nominations on the following criteria and considerations. Champions must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Adolescent Health: The candidate must be a clinician, clinic, practice, group, or health system that treats adolescents as part of their overall population.
  • Vaccination Rates: The candidate must reach target series completion rate of 60% for the patient population aged 13–15 years. The rate must account for both female and male patients. Vaccination under the two—dose schedule (two doses given at least five months apart in children ages 9–14 years) satisfies series completion, as does the original three—dose schedule.

In addition, Champions should also meet one or more of the following judging criteria:

  • Leadership: The candidate is considered an authority on HPV vaccination in their community, medical system, or individual. Activities may include a clinician, nurse or office staff acting as a spokesperson, trainer, mentor, or educator, whether in their community or practice/clinic; a practice/clinic implementing a quality improvement project; or, creatively using AFIX visits to their advantage.
  • Collaboration: The candidate has worked to build support for and increase HPV vaccination rates in their adolescent population. Activities may include establishing or strengthening partnerships, coalitions, committees, working groups, or other programs.
  • Innovation: The candidate has used creative or innovative strategies to promote HPV vaccination or address challenges to HPV vaccination in their practice, health system, community, state, or region. Activities may include both new strategies and adapting existing strategies in new ways.