Georgia Cervical Cancer Awareness Day 2024

Uniting for a Cause: Georgia Marks the 7th Annual Cervical Cancer Awareness Day

February 16, 2024

Georgia’s 7th Annual Cervical Cancer Awareness Day

ATLANTA, January 18, 2024, Georgia State Capitol, Dr. Brian Boyce, MD, FACS, and Co-Chair HPV Cancer Free Workgroup, extended a welcome to in-person attendees and those who were participating via webinar. He stated the purpose of the day was

“to celebrate all the accomplishment made across the State through our stakeholders and providers, but also to dream of the day that we will eventually eradicate HPV associated cancers, specifically cervical cancer from Georgia.”

The agenda for the day:

  • Resolution Recognition
  • Keynote Speaker
  • Survivor’s Moment
  • Recognition of 2024 HPV Champions
  • Susan Jolley Awareness Program
  • Closing Remarks and Call to Action

First up was the keynote Speaker, Gabrielle Darville -Sanders, PhD, MPH, CHES, Strategic Director, National HPV Vaccination Roundtable. Dr Sanders shared insights into the work of the Roundtable introducing the mission, leadership team, organization, including the workings of ad-hoc strategic committees. Dr Sanders went on to share perhaps the crust of the issue facing Georgia under the following heading:

Racial/Ethnic Disparities & Opportunities

  • Higher HPV vaccination initiation among racial and ethnic minority adolescents.
  • However, black and Hispanic patients were less likely than whites to follow through with the full vaccine series after initiation.
  • Minority adolescents are more likely to receive care from safety net providers and health departments.

The following action steps were considerations for the continued progress in the State of Georgia:

  • Encourage starting HPV vaccination at age 9 to increase series completion by age 13.
  • Expand public awareness campaigns aimed at increasing knowledge and changing perceptions to inform decision-making related to HPV vaccination.
  • Advocate for policy change to improve HPV vaccination coverage.
  • Build capacity among health care providers and systems to improve HPV vaccination coverage for adolescents living in rural areas.

Representative Anulewicz gave a welcome and shared key legislative developments through bills and committee work before the house relating to HPV and cervical cancer. There were 9 other state representatives in attendance to give support and answer the challenge facing the state of Georgia.

Julianna was next to share her experience as a cancer survivor. She shared that it was a miracle that she was standing to share given the many years of treatment and suffering with cervical cancer. Poignantly calling attention the difficulty she experienced living in a rural area and getting doctors to give serious and timely action to her condition.

The following 2024 HPV Champions were recognized as “Best of the Best” by the Georgia Department of Health for excellent work in vaccinating their patient population against HPV.

  • Imagine Pediatrics
  • Medlink Gainesville
  • Prestige Pediatrics
  • Wellstar Kennestone Pediatric Associates

Triana Arnold James next spoke as the Founder of The Susan Jolley Awareness Program, and summarized her journey from 11 years ago after initiating contact with officials at the Capitol, seeking answers to “what was the program or plan for cervical cancer?”. She said the response back then was to point to a poster on the wall. Today, however, she said this annual awareness day is a measure of the progress since that time.

Dr Boyce concluded the day with the all-important call to action stating that

“All of us play a role in helping to prevent HPV related cancers. Talk to family members and friends and direct them to reliable sources of HPV vaccination information.”

He pointed out that

Health care systems and providers can:

  • Through HPV vaccination and screening, work towards the elimination of all HPV cancers in Georgia starting with cervical cancer.
  • Promote health equity through increased access to both HPV vaccination and cervical cancer screening across Georgia.
  • Deliver consistent messages across all health care providers on the importance of HPV cancer prevention vaccination.
  • Advocate for passage of Georgia House Bill 174 to educate parents on recommended adolescent vaccinations.
  • Support the Federal PREVENT HPV Cancers Act of 2023 (H,R, 3633)

Parents and caregivers can:

  • Check with their health care provider to see if their child is up to date on HPV vaccinations.

Adults up to age 26 years old can:

  • Check with your health care provider or pharmacist to see if you have completed your HPV vaccination series.

Adults from 27 – 45 years old can:

  • Talk with your health care provider or pharmacist to determine if you would benefit from receiving the HPV vaccination series.

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