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Alumni Profile - Eva Wollerman

Eva Wollerman, MPH


What is your current role?

Emergency Preparedness Supervisor at Franklin County Public Health



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

My role at Franklin County Public Health is Emergency Preparedness Supervisor and during the COVID-19 response is Planning Section Chief. This position is a part of the Incident Command System (ICS) Structure that allows for agencies to respond to emergency events. Within this role I support response efforts through planning of daily objectives, setting operational periods, and oversight of the Planning Section staff within the ICS Structure, which also includes the coordination of the Franklin County and Columbus Medical Reserve Corps Unit Volunteers.  The Planning Section is imperative to the work of the health department as it enables processes, meetings, applicable required ICS forms to be documented for current operations as well as future development of plans and procedures. Documentation is key component to all responses and allows for the creation of an After-Action Report / Improvement Plan to be completed as the response is demobilized.  All these functions of the Planning Section support Franklin County Public Health to respond to COVID-19 Pandemic!


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

Collaboration, pre-established partnerships and planning are key to a successful response!  Pre-established partners within the community, as well as established plans and protocols, enabled a swift response of the community.  Although this pandemic is unprecedented, and plans need to be modified to support this pandemic, the structure of response and partner engagement allowed for resources, communication, and collaboration to support the COVID-19 Response.



How did the VPH program prepare you for this position? 

The VPH program prepared me for this position by laying the foundation in understanding the nuances of Emergency Preparedness. Theoretical topics such as Incident Command System (ICS), Outbreak Response, fundamental Biostatistics, as well as in the field practicum experience. Mentorship from VPH program professors encouraged additional growth and brought to the table a real-world perspective of knowledge needed for prospective employers. All these areas allowed for me to have the foundation necessary to start my career in Public Health Emergency Preparedness.



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

  • Attend Brown Bag Sessions!!
  • The VPH Professors have a wealth of knowledge and experiences that can support you for your future career goals
  • Classmates within your Cohort will be lifelong friends! Help each other succeed in the VPH program but also once you start your careers!

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