Andreanna Pavan Hsieh, MPH
What is your current role?
Science Writer at The Ohio State University College of Nursing
In your current position, are you playing a role in the COVID-19 response effort?
Yes, indirectly. I draft a range of publications for review by scientists, federal research funding institutions, foundation and/or corporate grant reviewers, and/or the media and the public related to nursing science, health and wellness, and/or evidence-based practice, etc., on behalf of Bernadette Melnyk, The Ohio State University Chief Wellness Officer, Vice President for Health Promotion, and Dean and Professor of the College of Nursing (CON). Most recently I performed a reference search to assist the COVID-19 Transition Task Force in developing their return to campus guidelines and recommendations. I drafted a slide deck that was presented during week 8 of the Staying Calm and Well in the Midst of COVID-19 Storm series. Lastly, I reviewed all of the comments provided during the Staying Calm and Well series to assist in developing common worry themes expressed by the participants.
What is the main lesson or takeaway that you have obtained during your participation in the response to the COVID-19 pandemic?
The COVID-19 pandemic has placed a severe amount of anxiety on the general public. Many individuals feel a lack of control and stability. These feelings are resulting in a mental health crisis across the US. Furthermore, this crisis is amplified in BlPOC communities who have been disproportionately affected during the pandemic.
How did the VPH program prepare you for this position?
The VPH program provided me with a solid foundation in zoonotic diseases. I was not surprised by the pandemic or the response as we had thoroughly discussed the likelihood of a zoonotic pandemic and its effects in my zoonotic epidemiology classes. In the same class, we had also discussed SARs and MERs, so I felt familiar with coronaviruses.
My thesis was on burnout and compassion fatigue in lab animal workers. That projected assisted with my ability to perform literary reviews, search through research databases, and understand how our environment impacts our mental health.
Any other comments or pearls of wisdom you would like to share with current students and alumni?
Allow yourself time to grow into the career you imagine for yourself. Continue to seek experiences that will assist in your own journey.
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