Politics play a critical role in health policy formation. This article examines the political dimension of policy formation around the human papillomavirus (HPV). To better understand the trajectory of public health policy developments and the influences on policy, this research focuses on how HPV was perceived as a program requiring policy action, as well as assessing political forces and environments surrounding the policy.
Case studies from six states, including: California, Indiana, New Hampshire, New York, Texas, and Virginia, were conducted. Key Informant interviews were held with policy stakeholders, and newspaper articles and archival materials were assessed. Content was analyzed using the Multiple Streams Framework to understand emerging themes.
The case of HPV vaccine is important to understand for future vaccination policy creation.