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Prevention Research Centers: 30 Years of Building Healthier Communities

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Video Improves Completion of HPV Vaccine Series

To prevent cervical cancer, the University of Kentucky PRC developed the “1-2-3 Pap” educational video to encourage Appalachian women to complete the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine series. The 3-dose series is a primary strategy to prevent cervical cancer. The women who watched the DVD were more than twice as likely to complete the series as the women who received standard care. The video has been adopted by 18 local health departments in Kentucky reaching 41 counties and has also been adapted for use in North Carolina and West Virginia. The West Virginia version was widely distributed by the West Virginia Immunization Network.