CCAP Across The Map partnered with the Arizona State University Chapter of Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES). We worked with their young engineers to create keychain-sized 3D-printed ribbons, which were spray painted teal to represent cervical cancer awareness. These ribbons are being handed out at clinics, including the women’s clinic at Mayo Clinic and Planned Parenthood, after women receive their HPV vaccine to serve as both an incentive and a reward for receiving the vaccine. These ribbons are also being handed out with CCAP Across The Map-provided pamphlets about best practices for preventing, diagnosing, and receiving treatment for cervical cancer.

Our goals for the ribbons are to spread awareness about the threat that cervical cancer poses, and to show women how preventable and treatable it is through HPV vaccination and receiving regular Pap smear tests. While CCAP Across The Map and BMES volunteers tabled the ribbons at the clinics, they also encouraged these clinics to offer helpful pamphlets to their patients, and stressed the importance of HPV vaccination, encouraging vaccination recipients to tell their friends and family to get vaccinated.

The Biomedical Engineering Society has been incredible working on their end of the project, and we intend to do more projects with them in the future.