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Framing HPV Immunization Education for Maximum Patient Acceptance

Texas Oral Health Coalition

Jane C. Cotter, MS, CTTS, FAADH

Friday, July 14, 2023
12:00 – 1:00 PM CT

Oral cancer is by far the most devastating oral disease we encounter as dental health care professionals. The Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) is a known risk factor for oral cancer. It is within our scope of practice to inform and educate our patients about risk factors for oral cancer and counsel them on how to reduce risk and prevent oral cancer. Immunization protocol, safety and efficacy can be difficult and uncomfortable to discuss with patients. This course will arm the dental healthcare professional with evidence-based information regarding HPV, HPV immunization and provide counseling techniques for discussing immunization information and recommendations. Educational scenarios and verbiage for use in counseling patients in the dental office will be provided. Working in conjunction with M.D. Anderson, University of North Texas Health Science Center, Texas Women’s University and Texas A&M University our projects aim is to provide Texas dental hygienists with education to talk about HPV, oral cancer, and HPV vaccination as an interprofessional effort to increase vaccination rates across the state. Participants will be asked to complete a 5-minute pre and post survey.

Learning Objectives:

After this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Have a clear understanding of HPV and its impact on patient health.
  2. Identify and discuss the immunization process and safety with patients
  3. Demonstrate effective patient counseling on risk reduction and immunization

Jane C. Cotter, MS, CTTS, FAADH

Jane Cotter is an Assistant Professor at TAMU Caruth School of Dental Hygiene.  She received her associate degree in dental Hygiene from University of Texas Health Science Center Dental School in Houston, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene from Texas Women’s University and a Master of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene Education from Texas A&M Health Science Center, Baylor College of Dentistry.  Ms. Cotter also is a Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist.  Ms. Cotter has authored several professional articles, book chapters, and mentored student publications.  Ms. Cotter has served as Secretary for AADH since 2017.  Ms. Cotter is active in her local community dental healthcare fairs and has mentored students on a Mission trip to Zambia, Africa in August 2022.

Ms. Cotter is providing this course in cooperation with The University of North Texas, Texas Women’s University and MD Anderson in Houston.  This course is a part of a North Texas study examining HPV vaccination education among interprofessional health care providers.

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Credit hours: 1.0 CEU 

Teaching Method: Live webinar lecture

Edification is complimentary to all attendees and continuing dental education is free to TxOHC members. All other attendees will be charged $10.00 to receive continuing dental education for this course.

Presenter Contact Information:
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AGD Subject Code:
149 Multi-disciplinary topics

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This initiative is supported by The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Texas Oral Health Coalition
Nationally Approved PACE Program Provider for FAGD/MAGD credit.
Approval does not imply acceptance by any regulatory authority or AGD endorsement. 
7/1/2021 to 6/30/2024.
Provider ID# 346144

Technical Specifications

  • Zoom supports the latest release of these browsers: Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, and Safari. 
  • Supported operating systems and system requirements for PC, Mac, and Linux.
  • Webinar registration is required, you will need to complete registration and use the link to join the webinar. Registrants will receive their own link via email and from that link will be able to join the meeting by Zoom desktop client or browser,   or download the Zoom desktop client or mobile app.
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Please note TxOHC’s cancellation and refund policy. Notification of cancellation must be submitted in writing 48 hours before the date of the live webinar, and a $5.00 administration fee plus online transaction fees. All refunds will be mailed after the webinar. 

Attendee cancellation notification is not necessary for free webinars.
Cancellations received after the 48 hours will not be refunded. All registered attendees will have access to the recording once it becomes available. If you registered, but did not attend the live webinar you may not be eligible to receive CDE.

Notification of cancellation may be emailed to info

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