UNF public health students working with Ascension pandemic response team
May 27, 2020
Two students within UNF’s Master of
Public Health program, Taylor Kwiatkowski and Meghann Wheeler, have been
working with local healthcare provider Ascension St. Vincent’s Jacksonville
within their COVID-19 pandemic response team.
The students began work with the
team in March as part of the screening teams and have continued to work in both
the hospital and clinic entrances screening all patients, visitors, associates
and vendors. They have assisted in the hospital’s drive-thru testing sites, one
of the first drive-thru sites to be established in Florida, and have worked
with a variety of hospital directors, managers and floor staff of various healthcare
In addition, the students are
working on the testing team which administers the
nasal swab test and helps ensure that the swabs are assigned to the proper labs.
The testing site has tested over 3,000 community members in Jacksonville in the
over 50 days the site has been open.
students both convey that UNF’s MPH program and its professors have done an
excellent job of preparing them to adapt to every situation.
further state that “as
students, this has been an invaluable experience as we are able to utilize what
we have learned both in our undergraduate and graduate studies. As epidemiology students, we have had many associates ask
for our input regarding the steps, precautions, and procedures put in place by
Ascension and local government officials during these unprecedented times. The experience we have gained from this will remain
with us for the rest of our careers."