New Article: A College Corps to Combat Vaccine Hesitancy

Posted by Inside Higher Ed on July 27, 2021

Quinnipiac University is training students to work with local health departments to address vaccine hesitancy in communities across Connecticut.

The Connecticut Public Health College Corps program is training about 110 students from across the state in topics including vaccine knowledge and communication strategies, motivations and persuasion in storytelling, and active listening before embedding them in four-week placements with local public health departments in nine cities.

Students are completing a week of virtual training taught by a cross-disciplinary group of Quinnipiac faculty with expertise in biomedical sciences, communication and social work before beginning their work in the communities next week. Students will receive a $2,750 stipend for their participation in the program, which is being funded by the Connecticut Department of Public Health.

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