Research on barriers to and facilitators of HPV vaccination among MT adolescents published in Public Health Reports



School of Public and Community Health Sciences assistant professor and CPHR project lead Sophia Newcomer, PhD, recently published with colleagues on barriers to and facilitators of Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination rates among adolescents in Montana.

This study utilized a mixed-methods approach and included other University of Montana faculty, including James Caringi, PhD, MSW, of CPHR’s Intervention Support core. The paper was published in Public Health Reports on September 24, 2020.

“By integrating quantitative and qualitative methods, we identified facilitators of and barriers to HPV vaccination in Montana. Although HPV vaccination rates are on the rise in this large, rural state, sustained work is needed to continue to increase vaccine uptake. Future strategies should focus on reducing the number of missed opportunities to provide HPV vaccine, increasing public confidence in the vaccine, and training health care professionals to respond to common vaccine concerns.”