Educating About Cervical Cancer Screening Amid the Pandemic

When:  Apr 29, 2021 from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM (ET)
DATE:  Thursday, April 29th, 2021
TIME:  12:00pm-1:00pm

Screening with cytology has paralleled large decreases in cervical cancer mortality in the US. However, the switch to telehealth and temporary pause of nonessential clinical services during the COVID-19 pandemic lead to special challenges in cancer screening and HPV vaccination education and provider-patient communication. In this webinar we will present the 2020 ACOG cervical cancer screening guidelines and introduce an online patient education tool, “Decreasing Overtesting but On time (DOTS-O)” that enables English and Spanish speaking women to make informed decisions about cervical cancer screening and to better communicate with their provider. Panelists will discuss how the DOTS-O tool can be integrated in the clinic environment and in community health education, including for special groups such as immigrant and refugee women.

Co-sponsors: This webinar is organized in partnership between the University of California, Irvine (UCI), University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), the National Cervical Cancer Coalition (NCCC), a patient advocacy program of the American Sexual Health Association (ASHA), and the California Primary Care Association (CPCA) with funding from the Patient Centered Outcome Research Institute. 

The DOTS-O tool can be accessed here.

The AAFP has reviewed Cervical Cancer Screens & HPV Vaccination Amid the Pandemic and deemed it acceptable for up to 1.00 Online Only, Live AAFP Prescribed credit. Term of Approval is from 04/29/2021 to 04/29/2021. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity

  • Present the 2020 ACOG cervical cancer screening guidelines
  • Introduce an online patient education tool, “Decreasing Overtesting but On time (DOTS-O)” that enables English and Spanish speaking women to make informed decisions about cervical cancer screening and to better communicate with their provider.
  • Discuss how the DOTS-O tool can be integrated in clinic care and health community education during the COVID-19 pandemic

  • Heike Thiel de Bocanegra, PhD, MPH, Associate Professor of , Health Service Research, Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of California, Irvine
  • Anna-Barbara Moscicki, MD, Professor of Pediatrics, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Ysabel Duron, President / Executive Director, Latino Cancer Institute
  • Francesca Gany, MD, MS, Professor of Healthcare Policy and Research and Professor of Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College
  • Julie S. Armin, PhD, Family and Community Medicine and Assistant Professor of Practice, Health Promotion Sciences, College of Medicine, University of Arizona


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