The H1N1 virus hit Wake Forest University hard when Casey Kelley was a resident advisor in her junior year. Through her position, she became a public health educator, helping students avoid the flu and, should they become sick, advising them how to recuperate while living in a dorm. Casey’s interest in public health was piqued and her floor remained healthy.
Now a second-year M.P.H. student in the Department of Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases, Casey has gained practical experience working as a research assistant with the Emerging Infections Program, where she has interviewed patients and processed data for the HPV surveillance study.
She is also an intern at the Yale New Haven Health System Center for Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Response. There, she is forming recommendations for Connecticut hospitals to prepare for bioterrorism. “Federal funding to the hospitals does not cover the cost to maintain the pharmaceutical counter measures,” she says. The group is studying of range of regional and local solutions.
Casey plans to pursue a doctoral degree with a focus on public health preparedness after graduation. The Alumni Fund supports Casey’s studies at the Yale School of Public Health.