Funded by the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer (CPAC)
In early 2020, CPAC called on health care providers and communities across Canada to eliminate cervical cancer in Canada by 2040. To reach this goal, CPAC developed an Action Plan for the Elimination of Cervical Cancer and set a target of 90 percent of Canadian students fully vaccinated by 2025. For this target to be met, existing inequalities and barriers to HPV vaccination must be addressed.
CPAC funded the Urban Public Health Network to carry out the first phase of this project, which wrapped up in June of 2023 and involved working with partners across Canada to uncover these barriers at a sub-jurisdictional and sub-populational level.
Beginning in July of 2023, the second phase of this project will aim towards achieving system-level outcomes to increase HPV immunization in school-based and youth-focused programs and reaching Canada’s HPV immunization target in the Action Plan. This involves co-developing, implementing and evaluating innovative education and program delivery strategies for youth HPV immunization in a variety of jurisdictions that will contribute to:
UPHN’s 2023 activities include: