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OCHIN Observes Cervical Health Awareness Month: Grand Rounds, HRSA Webinar, and OCHIN Member Case Studies

January is Cervical Health Awareness Month, sponsored by the National Cervical Cancer Coalition. Timely HPV immunization for preadolescent boys and girls, appropriate Pap and HPV screenings, and responsive follow-up care are all part of an effective strategy to prevent, and perhaps someday eradicate, the majority of cervical cancers.

In observance of Cervical Health Awareness Month, OCHIN is hosting the following events:


OCHIN Grand Rounds: Cervical Cancer Prevention Throughout the Lifespan: HPV Vaccination and Cervical Cancer Screening

January 16, 2019
12:00 – 1:00 pm PT

Presented by: Dr. Rebecca Perkins, a national leader in cervical cancer prevention research and education. Dr. Perkins is on faculty in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Boston University School of Medicine, and is practice chair of the ASCCP (formerly known as the as the American Society of Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology), the body responsible for issuing clinical guidelines to manage abnormal Pap and HPV screening results. Dr. Perkins is a contributor to the OCHIN Epic Cervical Cancer Screening and Prevention Improvement Guide, and collaborates with several OCHIN member health centers in the Boston metro area on cervical health education, staff training, and research. This event is free and open to the public.

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HRSA Speaker Series: Cervical Cancer Screening Webinar

January 29, 2019
10 am PT

Presented By: HRSA, and featuring OCHIN medical informaticist and clinical decision support lead Dr. Stacie Carney, and OCHIN quality improvement publications writer Erica Edwards. The talk focuses on technology, technical assistance, and peer-to-peer learning as pillars of OCHIN’s cervical cancer prevention strategy.

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Additional resources related to this topic include the OCHIN Epic Case Study Library, launched in October 2018, showcasing member-authored recommendations and best practices vetted in the clinic. This growing peer-to-peer learning platform complements OCHIN’s Improvement Guide Collection.

OCHIN is also working on the upcoming OCHIN NextGen Case Study Collection. The collection will launch with a pair of case studies from OCHIN NextGen members who have achieved sustained high rates of cervical cancer screening. Breana Scherler, quality coordinator at Community Health Care, Inc. based in Davenport, Iowa, and Sarah Miller, medical director at One World Community Health Center in Omaha, Nebraska, each describe their paths to develop successful cervical cancer prevention programs. Stay tuned for details about publication dates, and adjunct programming, including video demonstrations and recorded presentations.

OCHIN quality improvement publications live on Ella, OCHIN’s online learning management system, and are accessible to OCHIN members with a username and password. Please contact your site specialist for credentials.

Looking Ahead to Cervical Cancer Prevention Topics in April

Join us April 16-18 at the OCHIN Learning Forum. Sessions tentatively include:

  • A member panel discussion on successful approaches to cervical cancer prevention

  • Presentations by national and regional partners National Area Health Education Centers (NAHEC) and the Oregon Rural Practice-based Research Network (ORPRN) on rural/underserved healthcare workforce HPV immunization education and research initiatives

  • Hands-on problem-solving with a cross-disciplinary OCHIN team of clinicians, informaticists, developers, reporting analysts, quality improvement advisors, workflow engineers, and others, to tackle obstacles to closing care gaps, and improve cervical cancer prevention

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If you have questions about any of the events or resources listed in this article, please reach out to Erica Edwards.