Anna Belle Hyde, FNP-C, a family nurse practitioner at North Country Family Health Center’s (NCFHC) School-Based Health Centers at Harold T. Wiley Intermediate School and Case Middle School in Watertown, has been named New York State’s 2019 “HPV Vaccine is Cancer Prevention Champion” by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
“Ms. Hyde’s selection recognizes her long-standing commitment to increase adolescent human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination rates to prevent infections that can lead to cancer later in life,” states Joey Marie Horton, Chief Executive Officer. “She has become a trusted healthcare advisor and is sought out as a respected source of HPV vaccine-related information by parents, teachers, and students in our community. Her approach to vaccine education has been extremely successful – she has a HPV vaccine completion rate of 82%, approximately 30% higher than the State average.”
This national award, given jointly by the CDC, the American Cancer Society, and the American Association of Cancer Institutes was established in 2017 to recognize clinicians, clinics, practices, groups, and health systems who are going above and beyond to foster HPV vaccination in their communities. This year, 25 champions nationwide, were recognized for their efforts to achieve high HPV vaccination rates.
Two doses of HPV vaccine are recommended for all 11-12 year olds to protect against infections that cause six types of cancer. Every year in the United States, 34,800 women and men are estimated to be diagnosed with a cancer caused by HPV infection. Although cervical cancer is the most well-known of the cancers caused by HPV, there are five other types of HPV cancer. HPV vaccination could prevent more than 90% of cancers caused by HPV—estimated to be 32,100 cases ever year—from ever developing.
“I am honored to have been selected for this award,” states Ms. Hyde. “The HPV vaccine is the first vaccine to help prevent cancers in our children – it is safe, effective, and recommended by the CDC for all 11-12 year olds. As a mother and medical provider, protecting our children’s health is very important to me. Starting the vaccine early, completing the series of shots, and well before our children become exposed to HPV, is another way to ensure healthy patients in our community.”