The Memphis and Shelby County HPV Cancer Prevention Roundtable is a collaboration of healthcare, community, and advocacy partners with a mission to measurably increase HPV vaccination coverage in Memphis and Shelby County, Tennessee.  The Roundtable grew out of concern for increased diagnoses of preventable cervical cancers by oncologist Dr. Michael Ulm at West Cancer Center. After a meeting of local HPV partners to address these concerns, the formal Roundtable was established in 2021. 

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Our guiding principles are:

  • To engage collectively as a collaborative of local allies and partners to increase HPV vaccination coverage
  • Work together to increase HPV and HPV vaccination awareness and education to increase HPV vaccination coverage
  • Build the capacity of Roundtable members to extend the reach of efforts to increase HPV vaccination coverage.

Membership in the Roundtable is extended to individuals and organizations interested in supporting our mission and guiding principles.  The Executive Committee is the Roundtable’s governing body that supports the mission, determines the scope of activities, and helps in membership growth.  The Planning Committee works on establishing programmatic activities, including the annual Roundtable.

Congratulations to the staff of Primary Care Pediatrics as the inaugural awardee of the 2023 Brooke Morgan Community Champion Award!

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Primary Care Pediatrics Clinic is a community champion in the many ways they promote HPV vaccination in Memphis, Shelby County, and beyond. They are committed to cancer prevention and saving lives through HPV vaccination.

Back to School Poster 2024

Please email PreventHPV@stjude.org to request printed copies of the poster.

The Memphis and Shelby County HPV Cancer Prevention Roundtable invites you to become a member.


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Michelle Bowden , MD
The University of Tennessee Health Science Center
Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital

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Vice Chair
Fedoria Rugless, PhD 
Memphis, TN

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General Representative
Felicia Williams, MHA 
Shelby County Health Department
Memphis, TN

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General Representative
Naloni Howard, MBA
Chattanooga, TN

Planning committee

  • Leanne Alexander
  • Jennifer Berger
  • Michelle Bowden
  • Benita Carney
  • Robert Clark
  • Seok Won Jin
  • JR Sanders
  • Andrea Stubbs
  • Michael Ulm
  • Michelle Whitlock
  • Felicia Williams
  • Rana Zakaria

Contact us

Contact us at PreventHPV@stjude.org with any questions.

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