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Public Health Reports: Social Determinants of Human Papillomavirus Vaccine Uptake: An Assessment of Publicly Available Data

In a recent article in Public Health Reports, Dr. Sarah B. Maness of University of Oklahoma and Dr. Erika L. Thompson of University of North Texas Health Science Center used the Healthy People 2020 social determinants of health framework to determine the availability and characteristics of data on economic, educational, social, health care, and community factors affecting human papillomavirus HPV vaccine uptake in the U.S.

The most recent data sets were from 6 publicly available, U.S.-based, federally funded surveys that contained at least 1 measure of HPV vaccination among adolescents and young adults was included. The authors searched each data set for any social determinants of health measures within the 5 domains of the framework: economic stability, education, social and community context, health and health care, and neighborhood and built environment.

Results indicated that the domains of education, economic stability, and health and health care appeared in all data sets. When all domains were represented, gaps were discovered in the data sets, in which only limited measures of the social determinants were available. The authors concluded that the addition of questions about the social determinants of health to the surveys that generate these data sets, particularly in the domains of social and community context and neighborhood and built environment, would strengthen the ability of public health researchers, policy makers, and professionals to identify associations between the social determinants of health and HPV vaccine uptake. 

Full article. 

Public Health Reports (PHR) is the official journal of the Office of the U.S. Surgeon General and the U.S. Public Health Service and has been published since 1878. The journal is peer-reviewed and publishes original research, reviews, and commentaries in the areas of public health practice and methodology, original research, public health law, and teaching at schools and programs of public health schools and teaching. It is published bimonthly, plus supplement issues, through an official agreement with the Association of Schools and Programs of Public HealthPHR’s mission is to facilitate the movement of science into public health practice and policy to positively affect the health and wellness of the American public. 

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