Monday, February 26, 2024

UMC Schools Team Up to Fight HPV

 Rachel Vanderford authored the following press release for UMC. 

 Low HPV vaccination rates in Mississippi, coupled with a rise in head and neck cancer cases, sparked interprofessional collaboration between two schools at the University of Mississippi Medical Center and the Mississippi State Department of Health. 

As part of the ongoing Mississippi Population Oral Health Collaborative, the School of Dentistry partnered with the School of Nursing and MSDH for an interprofessional education session addressing HPV. 

Approximately 45 dental and dental hygiene students and 40 nursing students took part in an interprofessional education event, where they learned skills from one another. Dental and dental hygiene students learned how to give a vaccine injection, and nursing students learned how to provide a head and neck cancer screening.  

Currently, Mississippi is one of only seven states in the nation where oral health care practitioners can administer HPV vaccines. In 2023, the Mississippi Board of Dental Examiners approved a request from the School of Dentistry to allow students to train to administer the vaccine, making it the only institution in the nation where dental and dental hygiene students are trained to do so. 

Dr. Gerad Buffington, pharmacist at the Mississippi State Department of Health, also taught dental and dental hygiene students how to input immunization records into their tracking system, MIIX. 

"We intend for each and every initiative we undertake to involve similarly-focused entities,” said Dr. Elizabeth Carr, professor and chair of the Department of Dental Hygiene and director of the MPOHC. “We find that it’s most effective when groups work together and have shared visions.” 

Since the mid-2000s, oral cavity and oropharyngeal cancer rates have increased by about 1% per year, mostly because of a rise in cancers linked with human papillomavirus infection. The American Cancer Society estimated that about 58,450 new cases of oral cavity or oropharyngeal cancer will be detected in 2024, approximately 70% of which are typically associated with HPV. 

“Research has recently shown two important things,” Carr said. “First, that 70% of all head and neck cancers are caused by HPV viruses, and second, that the HPV vaccine is extremely effective in preventing HPV-virus caused cancers. 

“We think that it’s time for dental professionals to help with preventing head and neck cancers along with our current efforts to screen and detect them.” 

In 2022, only 39% of Mississippi teens were up to date on their HPV vaccine. The state currently ranks 50th in the nation for HPV vaccination rates.  

Dr. Douglas Lowy, principal deputy director of the U.S. National Cancer Institute, recently visited UMMC to address HPV treatment and prevention methods in Mississippi. Lowy developed technology that led to vaccines against the two deadliest forms of cancer-causing HPV. According to Carr, Lowy said there are two things that could change the trajectory of HPV-related cancer rates in Mississippi: vaccines before early adulthood and oral cancer screenings.  

“Research across the world is showing the most effective way to increase the acceptance rate of this valuable cancer-preventing vaccine is through provider referral,” said Carr. She said one goal, in addition to cross training the students, was to keep the importance of recommending the HPV vaccine in the front of the new providers’ minds.  

Dr. Eloise Lopez-Lambert, assistant professor of nursing, said she believes interprofessional education is the key to better patient outcomes.  

“Every discipline brings a unique perspective and expertise to patient care,” she said. “Our patients benefit when we learn about each other’s roles and responsibilities.” 

“We hope that our students learn to feel more comfortable working with colleagues across other disciplines and confident in their communication skills,” said Melissa McBride, instructor in the School of Nursing. "By exposing students to other disciplines through IPE, we hope to increase their awareness of the resources available to them as a healthcare provider.” 

“When health care professionals work together, patients receive more coordinated and comprehensive care, leading to better health outcomes and increased patient satisfaction,” Lopez-Lambert added. 

“It takes us all doing our part to increase the health and wellness of Mississippians,” Carr said. 

Nursing student, Junnah Mondejar, said that working together with the dental and dental hygiene students was a great experience. “I enjoyed learning hands-on skills from other students,” she said. “Everyone was so passionate about learning and teaching each other.” 



Anonymous said...

Head neck cancers from HPV are way more frequent than one would think. I never knew about this stuff until a couple of years ago and I bet I now know a half dozen people who have had it.

Anonymous said...

First, do no harm? What the hell is wrong with the medical profession these days?

Anonymous said...

What’s wrong? They’re nothing but dealers for pharmaceutical conglomerates these days, relying on scientific “research” as evidence when a lot of that research is funded by those same pharmaceutical conglomerates.

Anonymous said...

Why am I not surprised by the satanic censorship?
Posting old church videos will not save you from enabling sin.

Anonymous said...

I don't want this-

Anonymous said...

"I never knew about this stuff until a couple of years ago "

The vaccine did not exist until a few years ago.

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