Jade Mowery, MPH
What is your current role?
Laboratory Scientist II for the Ohio Department of Health – Public Health Laboratory.
In your current position, are you playing a role in the COVID-19 response effort?
Yes, directly. Due to the pandemic my work duties have been adjusted to include accessioning, processing and testing SARS-CoV-2 samples.
What is the main lesson or takeaway that you have obtained during your participation in the response to the COVID-19 pandemic?
The main lessons I have taken from response to the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic are to be flexible, organized and keep communication open with all of my co-workers. Our main goal will continue to be: to provide accurate test results to quickly identify infected individuals, isolate them and trace/quarantine any contacts to minimize the spread of the virus to others.
How did the VPH program prepare you for this position?
The VPH program gave me the opportunity to experience a laboratory setting before I began my career. My practicum experience at The Ohio Department of Agriculture in the Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory allowed me to see how laboratory data can drive public health decisions and ultimately protect public health interests in Ohio. Now, as a public health scientist the response to the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic is yet again providing data to ultimately protect public health in Ohio.
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