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Framing HPV Immunization Education for Maximum Patient Acceptance

Texas Oral Health Coalition
Healthy Smiles Project

Jane C. Cotter, MS, CTTS, FAADH

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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Participants are asked to complete a pre and post course survey by the University of North Texas Health Science Center School of Public Health for the Healthy Smiles Project.

Credit hours: 1.0 CEU 

Teaching Method: Self-Instructional (recorded live webinar lecture)

Cost: Free
Edification and continuing dental education is complimentary to all attendees.

AGD Subject Code:
149 Multi-disciplinary topics

Date of Original Presentation: July 14, 2023
Date Released: July 28, 2023
Date of Expiration: May 8, 2026

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Participants are asked to complete a pre and post course survey by the University of North Texas Health Science Center School of Public Health for the Healthy Smiles Project.

Thank you for viewing this course, to obtain your CDE attendance verification for the “Framing HPV Immunization Education for Maximum Patient Acceptance,” please click on the I Card link in the top right corner of the video or take a picture of the QR code at the end of the presentation with your phone to complete the course post-test and evaluation for CDE.  The UNTHSC post-course survey will also be linked in an I Card and in the course evaluation.

The online course evaluation must be completed to receive an Attendance Verification, neither of the UNTHSC Qualtrics surveys will provide you with continuing education or an Attendance Verification.


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

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the standards of the Academy of General Dentistry Program Approval for Continuing Education (PACE) through the joint program provider approval of the (Texas Oral Health Coalition, Inc) and (University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth).. The (Texas Oral Health Coalition, Inc.) is approved for awarding FAGD/MAGD credit. (Texas Oral Health Coalition, Inc. AGD ID # 34614).

Technical Specifications

Please note TxOHC’s cancellation and refund policy.

For paid webinars, 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. 

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

Attendee cancellation notification is not necessary for free webinars.

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