HPV, the “human papillomavirus,” is the most common sexually transmitted infection.
While most people with HPV have no symptoms, in some cases it can cause genital warts or cervical, penis, mouth/throat and anus cancer. But there’s good news: The HPV vaccine protects against the types of HPV that cause most serious issues, like genital warts and cervical cancer.
The new Entre Familia program uses promotoras—trained community health workers—to deliver health education about the HPV vaccine and cancer prevention, and help people schedule and remember vaccination appointments for girls and boys ages 11-17 in South Texas.
Entre Familia, led by the Institute for Health Promotion Research (IHPR) at UT Health San Antonio, adapted culturally competent health education sessions from the successful Entre Madre e Hija program, which used peer educators to provide outreach and education about HPV and support mothers and daughters who decide to receive the HPV vaccine in South Texas. Now the program is expanding to boys.
Entre Familia employs two promotoras:
Entre Familia Principal Investigator
Daisy Morales-Campos, IHPR at UT Health San Antonio
Entre Familia Research Team
Deborah Parra-Medina, IHPR at UT Health San Antonio
Vicky Morales, IHPR at UT Health San Antonio
Entre Familia Partners