Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center

Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Monologue


Vacation is Over


Clara is a nurse and mother. She is always very busy and never too shy about speaking her mind, making sure everyone knows how amazing she is. Clara is running late after returning from her Miami vacation to meet with some friends in preparation for the “Back to School” event at their children’s school. But, as always, Clara is ready to tell everyone all about the trip. Especially this time, because during her trip Clara attended a conference about adolescent health and learned all about the vaccine for the Human Papillomavirus, or HPV. Clara learned that the HPV Vaccine can protect against HPV and the diseases it causes, including some types of cancer! Since the vaccine is most effective when given to adolescent children ages 11-12, she wants to make sure her friends understand the importance of getting them vaccinated before seventh grade-- at the same time they get other vaccines required for school. Of course she won’t leave out details about her exciting excursions and adventures in Miami.

Vacation is Over is a 15-minute monologue performed in Spanish.


HPV Vaccine Monologue Digital Toolkit


The Office of Outreach and Health Disparities at the Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center at Baylor College of Medicine has developed a Theater Outreach Program consisting of culturally and linguistically tailored plays and monologues that educate medically underserved minority populations in Harris County, Texas about the importance of screening for preventable cancers. Community theater performances are an effective tool to communicate health messages to these populations. The plays and monologues are written by professional playwrights and performed by professional actors. They are developed in collaboration with clinical and community advisory boards.

This monologue has been videotaped and posted to the Baylor College of Medicine YouTube channel for use by the general public.

With the help of the HPV Vaccine Monologue Digital Toolkit the OOHD hopes that different organizations will be able to educate groups of Spanish speaking parents of adolescent children about the risks of HPV infection and the benefits of vaccination to prevent cancer. This toolkit aims to provide guidance and resources for those who wish to view the video-recorded version of the monologue and/or those interested in hosting an event to present the video-recorded monologue to a group.