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Washington Academy of General Dentistry
19415 International Blvd, Ste 410, Seattle, Washington 98188
Join the Washington AGD and the American Cancer Society (ACS), on April 7, 2017 ACS will conduct a pilot training using the CDC-produced “You Are the Key” HPV training at the Washington AGD Educational Center. We hope to use this training as an opportunity to get training feedback, discuss implementation strategies at dental practices, and determine CDEs to offer this training more broadly – within Region 11 and/or other AGD regions nationwide. Join Clinic Experts, John M Brockenbrough, MD, Otolaryngology, ENT Ear Nose & Throat, Cynthia Eichner Health Systems, Washington, American Cancer Society and Eric Statler, Oral Cancer Survivor for this in-depth discussion and learning opportunity!
Primary training agenda objectives include:
• The importance of HPV vaccination for cancer prevention/rationale for vaccinating at ages 11 or 12
• Recommendations for HPV Vaccinations (3-dose to 2-dose)
• Useful and compelling information about HPV vaccination for parents to aid in the decision to vaccinate
• Practice sessions on addressing HPV Vaccination Myths
• Interprofessional dialogue between doctors and dentists about oral cancers, prevention and detection
• Review of HPV materials for dental practices.
The American Cancer Society (ACS) is the second largest cancer research funder after the U.S. Government. ACS is identifying and prioritizing prevention, early detection, treatment, advocacy and research for every cancer and elimination of HPV cancers is a top ACS priority. With CDC funding through 2022, the HPV VACS (Vaccinate Adolescents against Cancer) program was established to improve HPV vaccination rates nationwide.
ACS and the Washington Academy of General Dentistry (WAGD) have come together around a shared goal of educating dentists about the importance of HPV vaccination to prevent HPV-related head and neck/oral cancers. Estimates suggest that head/neck cancers will surpass cervical cancer in the next 3-5 years if we cannot increase the vaccination rates among boys. Engagement with oral health providers is a necessary and complementary step in this public health priority.