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Alumni Profile - Laura Binkley

Laura Binkley, PhD, MPH

What is your current role?

Postdoctoral Researcher at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine


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

Yes, as part of GOHi, we have been carrying out projects to help understand and control the COVID-19 situation in Ethiopia.


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

Healthcare systems across the world are ill-prepared to deal with such a pandemic. In Ethiopia, there is an over reliance on the healthcare system. Further, social distancing is more difficult to practice in some cultures than others.


How did the VPH program prepare you for this position? 

The VPH program trained me in many aspects of prevention and detection of zoonotic disease outbreaks as well as appropriate methods for surveillance, response, and control. It is a program that prepares professionals to deal with situations such as the current COVID-19 pandemic.



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