Joslyn Tijerina, MPH
What is your current role?
Epidemiologist for the State of Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities
In your current position, are you playing a role in the COVID-19 response effort?
Yes, my team is in charge of analyzing data related to COVID and individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities (case tracking, number of hospitalizations, provider information, PPE data, Developmental Center data, claims data, etc.). We create a weekly report for the Director and leadership. We also provide support to all of the DODD Divisions with any data request that is COVID related.
What is the main lesson or takeaway that you have obtained during your participation in the response to the COVID-19 pandemic?
The main lesson I've learned is the importance of collaboration. We have worked with so many divisions both within DODD and other sister agencies (ODH, ODJFS, ODM, etc.). Collaboration has been key to get the needed data to those in a position to make important and timely decisions during this pandemic.
How did the VPH program prepare you for this position?
Since the VPH program is in both the College of Veterinary Medicine and the College of Public Health, we were in a unique position to easily collaborate with several colleges at Ohio State. Being able to interact with and work with people from many different areas of expertise is incredibly important once you graduate and start working as a public health professional.
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