A team of USF Health researchers launched VaccineLink-Conexión de Salud at the Education, Health & Wellness Expo in Winter Haven, Fla., on Saturday, July 12.
The event attracted more than 400 people who received information about local universities, community organizations, health and insurance providers and food services. VaccineLink organizers implemented e-surveys and shared educational materials to improve vaccine uptake in minority and disadvantaged populations in the area.
VaccineLink-Conexión de Salud is the result of a multidisciplinary research group comprised of infectious diseases, health disparities, biology and public health specialists. They partner with local communities to bring high-quality vaccination information and services to adults in Hillsborough and Polk counties. The goals are threefold:
- Create long-lasting partnerships with low-income and minority communities,
- Provide high-quality, accurate and sustainable information about vaccines and vaccine-preventable diseases, and
- Increase access to vaccines.
Individuals from Hillsborough and Polk counties interested in learning more about VaccineLink-Conexión de Salud should contact April Schenck at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Story and photos courtesy of Dr. Arturo Rebollón, USF College of Public Health
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