Leslie Sharpe, DNP, FNP-BC
Clinical Assistant Professor, Lead Faculty, FNP Program
UNC Chapel Hill School of Nursing
Dr. Leslie Sharpe, DNP, FNP-BC is an Assistant Professor at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill School of Nursing. She serves as the Lead Faculty of the FNP Program. With a strong desire to improve access to care for medically underserved communities, Dr. Sharpe embraces the opportunity to work with underserved communities and currently works as a volunteer with the UNC School of Nursing Mobile Health Clinic. With 20 years of experience in primary care specializing in the care of patients with complex, co-morbid physical and mental health illnesses, she is committed to educating primary care nurse practitioners to be able to apply behavioral health concepts in primary care.

Presenting at the Nexus Summit:

BACKGROUND Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the US and the oropharynx is the most common site of HPV-associated cancer. The FDA’s approval for the nonavalent HPV vaccine expanded in 2020 to include prevention of oral cancers. Oral health practitioners (OHPs) are uniquely situated to recommend HPV vaccination as a primary preventive measure for oropharyngeal cancer (OPC). The aim of the project was to equip dental providers to educate patients about HPV and its link to OPC and to make a strong recommendation for vaccination. Patients could attain…