A project led by University of Florida Master of Public Health student Alexandra Rodriguez uses powerful visuals designed to inspire UF students to learn about vaccine safety and get vaccinated to protect themselves and their communities. The project, which features four temporary murals along with vaccine clinics and education, is made possible through the “Engaging the Arts to Build Vaccine Confidence on UF’s Campus” grants program, with funding for Rodriguez’s project provided by the UF College of Public Health and Health Professions.
“What really excites me about this project is its anchoring within public health as both the murals and the evaluation plan were designed with the Theory of Planned Behavior in mind,” Rodriguez said. “Through both survey and focus group data, we hope to understand how these curated murals can affect the perceived social norms of COVID-19 vaccination on campus as well as how they can impact student discussion regarding the COVID-19 vaccine.”
Rodriguez’s faculty advisers include Jill Sonke, Ph.D., research director of UF’s Center for Arts in Medicine, and George Hack, Ph.D., PHHP’s associate dean for educational affairs.