Published on January 07, 2016

North Dakota Department of Health Grants Altru Health Foundation $50,000 for Increasing HPV Vaccination Rates in North Dakota

Grand Forks, N.D. – Altru Health Foundation received a $50,000 grant from the North Dakota Department of Health to increase the number of human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccinations given at Altru Health System. The objective of the grant is to increase HPV vaccination rates in patients ages 11 to 26 by October 31, 2016. To achieve this goal, Altru has created a taskforce as well as a work plan and identified two providers and two nurses as vaccination leaders.

“I'm an enthusiastic supporter of the HPV vaccine because I've already seen it make a difference in my practice, in fewer abnormal pap smears in young women,” explains Dr. Joanne Gaul, family medicine, one of the vaccination leaders. “I've known families that have lost loved ones from cervical cancer and cancers of the mouth and throat, and I'm delighted that there's a way that we can protect our sons and daughters from these horrible diseases. My son was immunized as soon as he could be, because I know that it's safe and effective.”

This grant helps to educate nurses, physicians, residents and the general public on the importance of the HPV vaccination. The vaccination will be available during sports physicals, and opportunities will be increased during medical encounters.

About Altru Health System

Altru Health System is a community-owned, integrated system with an acute care hospital, a specialty hospital, more than a dozen clinics in Grand Forks and the region, a large home care network, and a congregate living facility. It employs more than 200 physicians and 4,000 staff and has an annual net operating revenue of more than $475 million.  As the first member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, Altru’s providers have access to clinically integrated tools extending Mayo Clinic’s knowledge and expertise to patients.