HPV vaccination and cervical cancer screening promotion among Black individuals: social ecological perspectives from key informants interviews

Adebola Adegboyega, Desmennu Adeyimika, Obielodan Omoadoni, Dignan Mark

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Abstract

Objectives: Rates of HPV infection and HPV-related cancers are elevated in the Black population of the US. Efforts to promote HPV vaccination and cervical cancer screening are important to reducing the cancer burden among Black populations. The purpose of this qualitative descriptive study guided by social ecological model (SEM) was to describe from the perspective of key informants, the challenges and opportunities for HPV vaccination and cervical cancer screening promotion among Black adults. Design: Twenty-three key informants participated in individual interviews over zoom video conferencing. The sessions were audio-recorded, transcribed verbatim, and checked for accuracy prior to data analysis. Two qualitatively trained researchers analyzed the data using content analysis. Results: Participants were aged 50 ± 4.1 years, 12 were females, and 18 identified as Black. Participants included health care providers, teachers, church and community leaders. Themes included HPV and cancer literacy, influence of religion, health care provider recommendations, social and cultural influences, accessibility and availability of services, economic constraints, limited community resources, and HPV vaccine mandates. Conclusions: SEM factors contribute to low HPV vaccine uptake and cervical cancer screening and these factors need to be addressed. Interventions addressing SEM factors peculiar to Black populations may promote HPV vaccination and cancer screening in this population.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1026-1040
Number of pages15
JournalEthnicity and Health
Volume28
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - 2023

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Keywords

  • Black populations
  • Cancer screening
  • HPV vaccination
  • interviews
  • key informants
  • social ecological model (SEM)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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