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Cumberland Pediatric Foundation partners with Vanderbilt to increase HPV vaccination rates
January 24, 2017

Pamela Hull, Ph.D., assistant professor of medicine in the division of Epidemiology and Debra Friedman, M.D., the E. Bronson Ingram Chair in Pediatric Oncology, are collaborating with Cumberland Pediatric Foundation on an NIH-funded R01 implementation study focused on increasing HPV vaccination rates among adolescents.

The team will work with twenty-two CPF community-based pediatric practices in middle Tennessee to compare the clinical and cost effectiveness of two approaches to delivering quality improvement coaching focused on HPV vaccination, namely web-based versus in-person coaching.

Dr. Debra Friedman says the following of the study:

“This important project is a great example of population health research which is a growing national priority in Pediatrics and Oncology. Our partnership with CPF was critical to the success of the grant application. Over two years, CPF staff and practice physicians worked with us in the development of the research, pilot testing and provided incredibly valuable input. We look forward to working with CPF in implementing the research and improving the rates of HPV vaccine across Tennessee.”

The Department of Pediatrics is also collaborating to provide the opportunity for participating pediatricians to receive Part IV MOC credit.

For more information about the study, contact Dr. Pamela Hull at

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