Journal of Community Health

, Volume 44, Issue 3, pp 428–435 | Cite as

Human Papillomavirus Vaccination in Georgia: Evaluating the Georgia HPV Work Group

  • Adrian R. King
  • Tamira Moon
  • Gena Agnew
  • Robert A. BednarczykEmail author
Original Paper


HPV-related cancers can be prevented through HPV vaccination, however uptake and completion of the vaccination in the state of Georgia remains suboptimal. The research team conducted two online focus groups with members of the Georgia Cancer Control Consortium HPV Work Group in efforts to better understand the role that the working group could have on increasing vaccination uptake and completion in the state of Georgia. Analysis of the focus groups was completed using a Grounded Theory approach. Various aspects of the Working Group were discussed throughout the focus groups with a number of key points for growth identified both by the participants during the discussion, and by the research team during analysis. Predominantly, a primary point for growth of the Working Group lies in building its capacity to collectively conduct HPV vaccination-related activities. An online webportal specifically designed for the Working Group was identified as a tool for improving Working Group communication, sharing best practices and resources, and to collectively develop activities, research projects, and HPV vaccine promotion events in a culturally competent and age appropriate manner in efforts to improve vaccine uptake and completion throughout the state of Georgia.


HPV Human Papillomavirus Vaccination Work Group Coalition strengthening 



This research was funded by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) P-30 Supplement funding program under Award Number P30CA138292. The authors express our sincere gratitude to the members of the Georgia GC3 HPV Work Group for their participation in this research. Research reported in this publication was supported in part by the Intervention Development, Dissemination and Implementation Developing Shared Resource of Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University and NIH/NCI under Award Number P30CA138292. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.

Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of interest

The authors have no conflicts of interest to declare.

Ethical Approval

The project supporting this research was reviewed and approved by the Emory University Institutional Review Board.

Human Rights and Informed Consent

This research report presents information collected during IRB approved focus groups conducted with participants in the State of Georgia. All participants were provided informed consent forms to review before consenting for participation. All participants signed informed consent forms providing their consent to be involved in the research.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.CNR 7019, Hubert Department of Global Health, Rollins School of Public HealthEmory UniversityAtlantaUSA
  2. 2.Department of Public HealthGeorgia Comprehensive Cancer Control ProgramAtlantaUSA
  3. 3.Northwest Georgia Regional Cancer CoalitionRomeUSA
  4. 4.Georgia Cancer Control Consortium (GC3) HPV Work GroupAtlantaUSA
  5. 5.Department of Epidemiology, Rollins School of Public HealthEmory UniversityAtlantaUSA
  6. 6.Cancer Prevention and Control Program, Winship Cancer InstituteEmory UniversityAtlantaUSA
  7. 7.Emory Vaccine CenterEmory UniversityAtlantaUSA

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