Know More: HPV

May 26, 2022

Cost: $99
Date: Thursday, May 26, 2022; 1-2pm ET

"Know More: HPV" — Improving vaccination uptake and closing health disparities with a digital patient intervention

Despite the HPV vaccine's effectiveness in preventing cancer, vaccination rates remain low. CenCal Health, a local Medicaid health plan in Santa Barbara, CA, identified a significant geographic health disparity in HPV vaccination rates among county Medicaid beneficiaries. CenCal Health partnered with a local Federally Qualified Healthcare Center to create a bilingual, digital educational program sponsored by the American Cancer Society to educate parents and guardians on the importance of HPV vaccination.

During this session, faculty will review how partnerships in communities across the continuum of care can improve health equity by using technology to educate patients.

Target Audience

  • Consultants
  • Health care decision makers
  • Health care professionals
  • Health plans
  • Health systems
  • Hospitals
  • MBHOs
  • Population health organizations

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this course, learners will be able to:

  • Illustrate a practice's success through partnering with an FQHC health care provider to increase HPV vaccination rates.
  • Describe an innovative educational program to improve knowledge and uptake of HPA vaccines.
  • Explain how leveraging unique partnerships can improve HPV vaccination rates and close health disparities.
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.00 ANCC
  • 1.00 IPCE
  • 1.00 Participation
  • 1.00 PCMH CCE
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
05/26/2022 - 1:00pm EDT
Event ends: 
05/26/2022 - 2:00pm EDT

Gabriela Labraña, MPH

Gabriela Labraña started her career in Public Health by stumbling onto a degree program in Health Disparities at UC Santa Cruz in 2008. That program opened her eyes to the impact the healthcare system and public health has on the lives of every human. Since then, she has gone on to earn her Master’s Degree in Public Health from UCLA, focusing on program development for community health promotion. For the past seven years, she has been working at CenCal Health, implementing innovative health promotion programs to improve the health and quality of life for the communities she works with and serves, including an award-winning immunization program, an innovative asthma educational program, and various other member and provider-facing educational interventions.


Rachel Ponce, BA

Rachel Ponce is the Supervisor of Population Health at CenCal Health. Ms. Ponce develops, implements, and leads quality improvement and population health programs to improve health equity and clinical care. She leads a team that has oversight of over fifty population health programs including quality improvement and regulatory requirements. The programs she oversees address preventive care, chronic conditions, maternal care, mental health, and social determinants of health. These programs include various activities such as member outreach, health promotion, incentives, community partnerships, and system-wide transformation. She is working to expand her programs across the continuum of care.

Prior to joining CenCal Health, Ms. Ponce worked as an Assistant Health Center Director at Planned Parenthood California Central Coast.  As the Assistant Center Director, Ms. Ponce was responsible for oversight of daily health center operations and clinical staff trainings across the organization. In this capacity she was a subject matter expert regarding improving health center flow and efficiency to ensure patients received timely and comprehensive care.  She was also integral in the development and launch of their Electronic Medical Records system.

Ms. Ponce’s experience in health care is diverse including clinical expertise, technical experience, analytics, quality measurement and improvement, as well as population health. Moreover, all of her experience is based in her compassion for the people she serves – members, providers, and her community. She has held leadership positions in community service groups and regularly partners with community organizations such as the Rotary Club and the American Cancer Society.

Ms. Ponce earned her BA in molecular, cellular, and developmental biology from the University of California Santa Barbara. She is also a Change Agent Network Scholar from the Institute for Healthcare Improvement Open School I-CAN Leadership Program.


In support of improving patient care, the National Committee for Quality Assurance is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide Interprofessional Continuing Education for the healthcare team. 

This activity was planned by and for the healthcare team, and learners will receive 1.0 Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credit for learning and change. 

This educational activity is approved for: 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM.

This educational activity is approved for 1.0 nursing contact hours.*

This live course grants 1.0 Continuing Education Unit (CEU) points for PCMH Certified Content Experts.  

* Please note – You must attend the entire program to be eligible for total number of contact hours.

Disclosure of Relevant Financial Relationships

The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) endorses the Standards of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education which specify that sponsors of continuing medical education activities and presenters at and planners for these activities disclose any relevant financial relationships either party might have with commercial companies whose products or services are discussed in educational presentations.

For sponsors, relevant financial relationships include large research grants, institutional agreements for joint initiatives, substantial gifts, or other relationships that benefit the institution.  For presenters or planning committee members, relevant financial relationships include the receipt of research grants from a commercial company, consultancies, honoraria, travel, or other benefits, or having a self-managed equity interest in a company; or having an immediate family member or partner with such a relationship.

Disclosure of a relationship is not intended to suggest or condone bias in any presentation but is made to provide participants with information that might be of potential importance to their evaluation of a presentation.

Relevant financial relationships exist with the following companies/organizations:

Gabriela Labraña: None
Rachel Ponce: None

Additional Planning Committee Members:
Osman Ahmed: None
Tracelyn Thigpen: None
Ashley Turner: None

This program was developed in part by NCQA staff.

This program received no commercial support.

Available Credit

  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.00 ANCC
  • 1.00 IPCE
  • 1.00 Participation
  • 1.00 PCMH CCE


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