Meghann Wheeler, UNF public health student, has been working on the frontlines with local healthcare provider Ascension St. Vincent’s Jacksonville as a member of the COVID-19 pandemic response team.
“When COVID-19 began to hit our community, I volunteered to assist in whatever way I could with the pandemic response team at [the] hospital,” Wheeler said.
Wheeler started working with the screening team in March conducting test screenings at the hospital’s entrance. After a few months, she began assisting with drive-thru testing in addition to her regular duties. At the hospital’s drive-thru testing sites, one of the first established in Florida, Wheeler has worked with a variety of hospital directors, managers and floor staff members from various healthcare specialties and fields.
“It's been an honor to serve my community during these times, and it has been a wonderful opportunity for me to use some of the skills I have developed during both my undergraduate studies and my graduate studies here at UNF,” Wheeler said.
After she finishes up her tenure at UNF, Wheeler plans to earn her doctorate degree epidemiology with a concentration in genetic epidemiology. After that, she hopes to work in genetics research in a clinical or academic setting.
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