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Alumni Profile - Chelsea Fauver

Chelsea Fauver, MPH

What is your current role?
 

Infection Prevention Practitioner at OhioHealth.

 

In your current position, are you playing a role in the COVID-19 response effort?
 

It is my responsibility to provide input and expertise while creating/implementing infection prevention measures within the hospital. Some of these examples include, guidance on proper donning/doffing, providing proper PPE, correct utilization of PPE, ensuring environment is effectively disinfected. I also provide education about the epidemiology of the pathogen to guide decision-making. In general, my role is to act as a consultant to prevent infectious patients (or associates) from infecting other people.  

 

What is the main lesson or takeaway that you have obtained during your participation in the response to the COVID-19 pandemic?
 

I have realized the importance of working as a team, capitalizing off team members expertise, and following the incident command structure. I have also realized the importance of preventing panic to ensure the safety of everyone; staying calm, being transparent, and providing accurate and timely information creates the safest and most efficient environment for everyone involved.

 

How did the VPH program prepare you for this position? 
 

I use a lot of information about disease pathways, transmission cycles, and epidemiology to guide my decision making. Also, knowledge about the structure of health departments and national/international health agencies helps to provide me with reliable information and community resources to lean on. This information also provides me with the understanding of the general structure of health departments; how they obtain case information, contact tracing, their roles at the local and state levels, and most importantly how a hospital IPP can partner with them. The most relevant information I obtained through my MPH-VPH is a thorough understanding of disease transmission because my role heavily revolves around breaking the cycle, and preventing infections by implementing the most effective prevention measures.

 

Any other comments or pearls of wisdom you would like to share with current students and alumni?
 

This has been a very trying time for everyone, but I feel the most hope when I see multi-disciplinary teams coming together for one common goal. It is so important to lean on others during these challenging times, you cannot be expected to know or understand everything through a pandemic so by staying humble and asking the experts for help it will almost always result in the best possible outcome.

 

 

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