VaccineLink campaign kicks off in Winter Haven

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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.

Members of the VaccineLink Team include (from left): Arturo Rebollón, MD, Dr. Jaime Morano, MD, April Schenck, MBA, Viviana Delgado, Meghan Borysova, PhD, and Dawood Sultan, PhD.

Members of the VaccineLink Team (from left): Arturo Rebollón, MD; Dr. Jaime Morano, MD; April Schenck, MBA; Viviana Delgado; Meghan Borysova, PhD; and Dawood Sultan, PhD.


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


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Story and photos courtesy of Dr. Arturo Rebollón, USF College of Public Health