Sherrie Flynt Wallington

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Sherrie Flynt Wallington
Sherrie Flynt Wallington

Sherrie Flynt

Wallington

PhD

Assistant Professor of Oncology
Georgetown-Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center

Professional Bio

Teaching Appointments

2004-2005: Adjunct Instructor, College of Medicine, MPH Program, Howard University, Washington, DC, and Introduction to Research Writing-Summer Bridge Course.

2004-2005: Lecturer – J.H. Johnson School of Communications, Department of Radio, Television, & Film, Howard University, History of Broadcasting & Film and Survey of Communication Research.

2005: Adjunct Instructor-Department of Mass Communications, Bowie State University, Bowie, Maryland, Oral Communications and Research Methods.

1995–2002: Adjunct Instructor, Department of Mass Communications, Winston-Salem State University, Winston-Salem, NC, Principles of Advertising, Creating Ad Messages, Public Relations, and Principles of Speech Communications.

Consulting Appointments

2009-2009: Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Boston, Massachusetts, Needs Assessment Implementation

2003-2004: Department of Sociology, Howard University, Washington, DC, Focus Group Facilitation and Data Analysis

2004: Department of Allied Health, Howard University, Washington, DC, Survey Instrument Development

2002: Aegis Family Health Center, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center Public Relations and Advertising for African-American Audiences

Project Description

This project will aim to assess the implementation of the HPV vaccine and explore emerging patterns, differences, experiences, and challenges regarding the vaccine infrastructure, public and provider education, the impact of exemption or opt-clauses, and, ultimately, the impact on the public health objective of reducing cervical cancer.

The communication, marketing, expense, safety, and reactivity of HPV vaccines continue to be subjects of controversy. In the U.S., it is estimated that 11,270 women will be diagnosed with and 4,070 women will die of cervical cancer in 2009, with a particular toll on African-American and Hispanic women. From a local perspective, the District of Columbia ranks first among all states for cervical cancer mortality. At least 41 states including DChave introduced legislation to require, fund, or educate the public about the HPV vaccine; at least 20 stateshave enacted this legislation.DC’s HPV vaccine mandate, passed in 2007, requires every female student enrolling in the sixth grade at a DC school to show that she has received the HPV vaccine or has opted out. Many DC parents and community groups have questioned the need and the impact for this legislation, particularly how the mandate will impact minority and underserved women in DC communities. This study design uses a mixed-methods approach and involves two phases: 1) a systematic review of state HPV mandates and legislations and 2) secondary data analyses using HPV data drawn from the DC’s Department of Health Immunization data set. An examination of this nature allows for in-depth thinking to assess the implementation of the HPV vaccine and explore emerging patterns, differences, experiences, and challenges regarding the vaccine infrastructure, public and provider education, the impact of exemption or opt-clauses, and, ultimately, the impact on the public health objective of reducing cervical cancer.

My New Connections Experience

I applied to New Connection because this program has a proven track record in helping junior faculty from underrepresented groups develop the necessary research skills to become independent. The staff, trainings, and workshop are all designed to ensure the academic and research success of the junior investigator. Being a part of New Connections has given me a different lens in how I approach research and my career. The New Connections training has helped me to be more systematic in setting goals for myself as well as for my research. Moreover, through this program, I am connected to a network of senior as well as junior scholars and professionals that I can collaborate with and vet idea with.

Research Interests

Dr. Wallington’s research emphasizes cancer communication and cancer health disparities with a focus on minority, underserved and low literacy populations. Based on these interests, Dr. Wallington’s research examines three areas: 1) cancer information needs, information-seeking patterns, and barriers to information seeking; 2) new media technologies in the dissemination of cancer information; 3) the effects of mass media in the development, implementation, and evaluation of cancer communication interventions.

The Details
  • New Connections Status: Junior Investigator
  • Award Year: 2010, Public Health Law Research (PHLR)
  • RWJF Team/Portfolio: Public Health 
  • Project Name: Assessing HPV Mandates through a Public Health Law Lens: A study of the District of Columbia’s HPV Mandate.

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