1-2-3 Pap Easy Steps to Prevent Cervical Cancer

Shared at the 2013 Public Health Practice-Based Research Network Grantee Meeting

Dissemination & Implementation Pilot Project Opportunity
Richard Crosby and Margaret McGladrey
University of Kentucky College of Public Health

Rural Appalachian Kentucky suffers from some of the highest cervical cancer rates in the country. Two health behaviors – HPV vaccination and regular Pap testing – can aid in reducing this health burden. Despite this, many young adult women in this area do not perform these behaviors. As part of the Rural Cancer Prevention Center's ongoing efforts to reduce the cancer burden in rural Appalachian Kentucky, this project used extensive formative research to develop a DVD-based counseling program to promote receipt of the HPV vaccine as well as regular Pap testing.