Director - Public Health Education and Communication
Jennifer Zavolinsky, MHS, CHES is the Director of Public Health Education and Communication at Vaccinate Your Family (VYF). Since joining Vaccinate Your Family (formerly Every Child By Two) in 2003, Jennifer has been a leader in the field of immunization, collaborating with public health partners throughout the country to educate families, healthcare providers, WIC staff and participants, and policymakers about the safety of vaccines and the need for timely immunizations.
To help achieve VYF’s mission of protecting people of all ages from vaccine-preventable diseases, Jennifer leads the creation and posting of the organization’s science-based content on the Vaccinate Your Family website, Shot of Prevention blog and social media pages; develops and promotes educational resources for a variety of audiences; organizes and moderates in-person and virtual meetings and webinars; and aids in the development and implementation of vaccination education campaigns for the public and healthcare providers, such as the Vaccinate Your Baby program and the multi-state Immunize On Time, Every Time program. To share vaccination information and best practices with the public and vaccine partners, Jennifer also presents and exhibits at a variety of conferences, and serves on several committees, including the National Adult and Influenza Immunization Summit (NAIIS), the WHO’s Vaccine Safety Net and the Maternal Immunization Summit.
Jennifer’s long-term commitment to vaccinations and public health is evident from her present and prior work in this field. Previous to joining Vaccinate Your Family, Jennifer served as the Senior Program Manager of the Immunization Initiative at the American Association of Health Plans (currently known as America’s Health Insurance Plans). While there, she focused her efforts on helping health plans increase their immunization rates for their members of all ages – children, adolescent and adults.
Jennifer obtained her Masters of Health Science (MHS) degree from Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, MD and her Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Psychology from American University in Washington, DC. She also maintains her status as a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES).