On the Front Lines of the Public Health Response to COVID-19

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Jackie Andula

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Wednesday, September 16, 2020
Noon-1 p.m. EST

This presentation will discuss some of the Public Health actions taken by a local health department in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic.  

The following topics will be covered:  

1. Nasopharyngeal swab collection – how to set up a site, donning, doffing and everything else
2. Contact tracing
3. Mental Health effects on those working during the pandemic, specifically those who are repeatedly exposed to people who are known positive

About Jackie Andula
Jackie Andula, MPH '03, BS '90, has worked for Erie County her entire 30-year career. She started as a General Duty Nurse at the Erie County Medical Center and then became the Nursing Team Leader of a Geriatrics Unit. Jackie moved into Public Health in 1994 in the STD clinic as a Public Health Nurse and Educator. For a short period of time she did home visiting for teen mothers during pregnancy and after their child was born. Jackie then completed her MPH and moved into an Administrative role within the clinical structure of the Erie County Department of Health. Currently, Jackie is responsible for regulatory requirements and Quality Improvement for the department, as she is the Medical Care Administrator. 

Jackie has worked extensively in the field of Emergency Preparedness including responses to Hurricane Sandy in NYC and Hurricane Irene in Binghamton, as well as local responses to the crash of 3407, the H1N1 Pandemic and Hepatitis A outbreaks. She is also an adjunct professor at D'Youville College, teaching Introduction to Public Health.