United States

Improving Human Papilloma Virus-Vaccination Rates and Related Health Outcomes in Saint
Joseph County, Indiana Utilizing Three Cs Model

Our research team works to improve Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)-vaccination rates and related health outcomes in Saint Joseph County, Indiana utilizing innovative Three Cs Model (3CsM): Confidence, Compliancy, Convenience, for the key decision-makers (parents/guardians and primary care practitioners) in childhood immunizations. Our project aims to break down HPV-vaccination barriers within local community during the most appropriate and effective time of HPV-immunization implementation for children 9-12 years old. The specific barriers pertained to HPV-vaccination in St. Joseph county are aimed to be discovered and specific recommendations for St. Joseph County Department of Health and primary care practitioners will be produced and shared with the community partners. Thus, our project could empower local community of parents, primary care providers, and adolescents by protecting them at the most vulnerable time in their lives with best practices of vaccine-preventable diseases, reinforcing positive and sustainable health behavior change, and preventing HPV-attributable cancers (cervical, vaginal, vulvar, oral, throat, non-melanoma skin, anal, and penile) as well as HPV-related genital warts.

Research Focus

  • Infectious Diseases

    At the EIGH, our researchers work to combat a number of various illnesses, including infectious diseases caused by organisms like bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites. These diseases can also be spread from one person to another and may be transmitted from animals to humans. 

  • Maternal/Child and Community Health

    At the EIGH, our researchers explore multifaceted health issues pertaining to women, pregnancy, breastfeeding, reproduction, and infant and child well-being. Our focus to decrease maternal and infant mortality rates supports a global priority among health practitioners and researchers. Additionally, community-based research on the local and global levels promotes a team effort to protect and improve the health of population groups worldwide. 

Who’s Involved

EIGH Faculty

Global Partners

  • St. Joseph County Department of Health
  • Indiana University School of Medicine - South Bend

Notre Dame Partnerships

  • Center for Social Concerns
  • Department of Biological Sciences
  • Department of Computational Mathematics & Statistics
  • Department Information Technology, Analytics, & Operations

Notre Dame Faculty

  • Seth Berry, PhD, MA, BA, Assistant Teaching Professor, Information Technology, Analytics, & Operations

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