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#InsideAPE: Sandra Amouzou and Georgia Department of Public Health

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Sandra Amouzou is a rising-second year Global Epidemiology MPH candidate. This summer, she is working with Dr. Julie Gazmararian and the Georgia Department of Public Health to assess the effect of The Georgia Home Visiting Program on the Social Emotional Learning of their clients. Her primary interests include social factors that affect health, mental health, and social epidemiology. Read more about Sandra and her experience below!

 

 


 

 

Tell us about your APE project.

My APE project is working with Dr. Julie Gazmararian on one of her projects with the Georgia Department Public Heath (DPH) where we are assessing the effect of  The Georgia Home Visiting Program on the Social Emotional Learning of their clients. Phase one of the project will last until about December 2021. I am working with other investigators and students to develop our survey, coordinate with home visitors with finding clients to participate in the survey, and eventually will perform data analyses with results that we will present to those within DPH. I am currently working on our flyers and our IRB proposal to be sent in.

 

How did you find your APE project?

I found my APE from reaching out to Dr. Gazmararian throughout the semester. I really enjoyed her Social Epidemiology course in the fall and I emailed her to stay up to date. I contacted her when she sent out an invitation for students to work on some projects with her and it worked out perfectly!

 

When did you start looking for an APE? When did you start working for your APE organization?

In all honesty, I probably started looking earlier than necessary (February) but that was because I wanted to apply to as many options that seemed interesting to me. I finally committed to this APE in May, and started working that same month.

 

Are you pursuing any certificates? If so, was it difficult to meet your APE requirements? 

I am pursuing the socio-contextual determinants of health certificate and this worked perfectly with it. I submitted a form that related my project to my certificate and it was approved by our certificate supervisor.

 

What has the experience been like so far?

So far, working with our team as well as a local organization has taught me the importance of direct communication when it comes to tasks and project aims. I have enjoyed the learning moments, the warm environment that the investigators have provided, as well as the opportunity to learn more about programs being implemented in the state.

 

How have you been spending your free time this summer? 

I have been reading for fun (I’m a huge scifi fan so I just started a novel called the Midnight Library), spending time with my family and friends (movie nights), spending time outside, and searching out places for the best gelato (specifically pistachio because you wouldn’t believe how many places in Atlanta don’t carry this flavor!)

 

What are 3 fun facts that you want people to know about you?

Yikes, fun facts.

1. I speak 3 languages,

2. I still have my wisdom teeth

3. I hail from the land of corn (Iowa).

 

 


 

 

Thanks for speaking with us, Sandra! Stay tuned to The Confounder for our next InsideAPE feature. 


InsideAPE: Zihao Liu and Emory School of Medicine

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Zihao Liu is a rising second-year Epidemiology MSPH candidate who is spending his summer understanding patient-reported outcomes for sickle cell disease with Dr. Nitya Bakshi and Emory School of Medicine. His primary interests include infectious disease, specifically rotavirus, vaccine distribution, and patient-centered outcomes research. Read more about Zihao and his experience below!

 

 


 

 

Tell us about your APE project. 

For my APE, I am working with Dr. Nitya Bakshi from Emory School of Medicine on a project evaluating the patient-reported outcomes (PROs) for an acute vaso-occlusive episode in sickle cell disease patients using Patient-Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System (PROMIS) under different demographic and clinical characteristics; this is part of the result of phase II clinical trial of intervenous arginine therapy in sickle cell disease. I will be conducting a systematic review, data analysis, and drafting a manuscript.

 

How did you find your APE project?

My APE is a continuation of my REAL job. I began working for Dr. Bakshi primarily as a data analyst for another sickle cell disease project. After finishing it in the Spring semester, we started my current project, and I have been working on it for my APE since then.

 

What has the experience been like so far?

My experience so far has been fantastic. It was a challenging and rewarding process to start the project, from conducting the literature review to spending months coding and conducting data analysis, then finally writing the result into a manuscript. But, more importantly, working on the APE is a precious learning experience for me.

 

How have you been spending your free time this summer?

I have been spending my free time this summer trying different restaurants in Atlanta and binge-watching “The Office” over and over again.

 

What are 3 fun facts that you want people to know about you?

1. I came from northeastern China, where the temperature usually gets to -30℉ in winter and sometimes still snows in April. Coming to Atlanta is the first time in my life where I don’t live with any snow in winter.

2. I adopted a cat named Crew when I came to Atlanta.

3. I have been volunteering at a local crisis hotline for 4 years and am still doing it during the weekend.

 

 


 

 

Thank you for sharing your story with us, Zihao! Stay tuned to The Confounder for the next InsideAPE feature. 


#WeAreEmoryEPI: Meet the 2021-2022 Communications Team

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This week on #WeAreEmoryEPI, we want to highlight the Department of Epidemiology’s new communications team! Alex Whicker is tasked with The Confounder, Krysta Medearis runs @rollinsepilife on Instagram, and I, Nancy Nguyen, manage @EmoryEpi on Twitter. We responded to a few questions about ourselves, our roles on the team, and what we are looking forward to this coming fall!

 

 


 

Left to right: Alex Whicker – Communications Associate, Krysta Medearis – Social Media Associate (Instagram), Nancy Nguyen – Social Media Associate (Twitter)

 
What is your role on the communications team and what does a typical work week look like for you?

Alex: I run The Confounder blog and weekly newsletter. My typical work week involves checking and responding to emails regularly, posting news, events and student opportunities to the blog, and updating the weekly newsletter. I also communicate with other people on the communications team and Epi department as needed to share updates with students.

Krysta: My primary role on the communications team will be running the Instagram page. My typical work week consists of staying up to date on current and relevant events that may be beneficial to students. I spend a lot of time in Canva creating content and on the Instagram page staying up to date on other things happening at Emory. 

Nancy: I mainly handle the @EmoryEpi Twitter account! In a typical week, I tweet about events at Rollins and the exciting work that the Epidemiology faculty and students are doing! I also am in charge of writing posts for our #WeAreEmoryEPI series on The Confounder, where I contact a featured student or alumnus and put together the interview piece. 

 

 

Tell us a little bit about your academic history/where you went to school.

Alex: I studied Chemistry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Krysta: I attended undergrad at Alabama State University where I received my B.S. in Biology. 

Nancy: I got my B.S. in Biochemistry from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

 

 

What are your primary research interests?

Alex: My primary research interests are in maternal and child health and LGBTQ health. 

Krysta: My primary research interests include social determinants of health and infectious diseases.

Nancy: My primary research interests include health literacy among immigrant communities, social determinants of health, and cancer epidemiology.

 

 

How do you balance your work for the communications team with your other work and academic responsibilities?

Alex: I balance this job with my other responsibilities by doing a little bit of work each day, keeping track of due dates, and lots of multitasking! Scheduling time for me to complete different activities or even take breaks is also helpful.

Krysta: I usually set aside time during the afternoon or evenings to create content to post and stay up to date on important information that should be shared with the department.

Nancy: I try to plan out my days and have designated times when I check the Twitter feed. I also try to have certain tweets written and ready to be tweeted the day before, or plan out what topics I want to talk about for which days. 

 

 

What is something you are looking forward to in regards to your new communications position?

Alex: I’m excited to learn more about the different opportunities within the Epi department and build better relationships with faculty and students!

Krysta: I’m definitely looking forward to meeting new people! I think the position will give me a chance to connect with more faculty and peers.

Nancy: I am looking forward to connecting with the Rollins community and showcasing the exciting work that our faculty and students do! 

 

 

What are you most excited about for this coming fall semester?

Alex: I’m most excited about going to in-person events and classes!

Krysta: I’m excited to be able to take in-person classes and meet more of my peers across all cohorts. 

Nancy: I am excited to be in person and finally meet my Epi cohort!

 

 

Is there any advice you would like to give to our incoming first-years?

Alex: Reach out to any professors you think are interesting, even if it’s just to chat! Most are more than happy to. Also, give yourself time to rest and do fun things. Don’t compare how much you study, how many jobs or extracurriculars you have, or how quickly you find opportunities to other people.

Krysta: I would tell incoming first-years to take advantage of every opportunity they are given and reach out to professors and peers who have the same interests in you.

Nancy: I would say to attend any student events if you have the time. They are great places to connect with the Rollins community.

 

 


 

 

Thank you for checking out this week’s #WeAreEmoryEPI, we were so excited to share our experiences! Make sure to keep an eye out to see who we speak to next on #WeAreEmoryEPI.


#WeAreEmoryEpi: Meet Veronika Laird

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Veronika is a rising second-year student interested in researching zoonotic diseases and will be completing her APE this summer with Dr. Guest and the Emory Outbreak Response Team! We chatted with her about this, some fun facts about her, and more!

 


 

Tell us a little bit about your academic history/where you went to school.

I studied integrative biology with a minor in chemistry and global health at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in their honors program. I am a die-hard fan of our sports teams and you’ll always catch me sporting some Illini gear. I-L-L!

 

 

What are your primary research interests?

I am most passionate about research at the animal-human interface. I would love to work with bats and non-human primates to study zoonotic diseases.

 

 

How have you been navigating the work (& learn) from home experience during the COVID-19 outbreak?

I try to go outside at least twice a day and (safely) spend time with new friends. I take a lot of breaks throughout my day to get up from my work computer which has helped me immensely.

 

 

Are there any exciting projects that you are currently working on that you’d like to share with us?

I’m very excited to be completing my APE with the Outbreak Response Team with Dr. Jodie Guest and fellow first-years! I’ll also be working with the Malaria Branch of the CDC and I am really looking forward to it.

 

 

What is your favorite part about earning your MPH at Emory?

I feel like I have been able to find strong mentors and role models through my REAL position with the CDC thanks to Emory. But, most importantly, the friends I’ve made here are my favorite part because they are so ambitious and kind.

 

 

What advice do you have for people who may be interested in getting their MPH?

Email professors at schools you would be interested in going to and ask them to put you in touch with current MPH students. That’s what I did and it ultimately led me to Emory because students were honest about the program and faculty.

 

 

When applying, what were you looking for in a public health school, and what factors drove you towards Rollins?

I was chasing after mentors and meaningful relationships in the field and with friends. After emailing professors across Rollins, many got back to me in the span of 3 days and I knew this is where I wanted to go.

 

 

What books are you currently reading, or what podcasts are you currently listening to?

I’m working my way through the Lord of the Rings trilogy right now since it’s been a long time since I’ve read them. I have really dove into The Office Ladies podcast and Radio Rental which I would highly recommend. My favorite epi-related book is Spillover by David Quammen if you’re into infectious diseases-buckle up.

 

 

What are three fun facts that you want people to know about you?
  1. I love bats and primates, I spent 45 minutes at the gorilla exhibit at the Atlanta Zoo.
  2. I am always chasing a beach trying to find time to snorkel and swim.
  3. Once the new normal sets in, you’ll find me out salsa dancing with my friends every weekend!

 


 

Thanks to Veronika for taking the time to talk to us! Stay tuned to the next edition of the Confounder for another #WeAreEmoryEpi spotlight on the new EPI communications team for 2021-22!

 


#WeAreEmoryEPI: Meet Ashna Jagtiani

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Ashna is a first-year EPI student interested in chronic disease epidemiology. In this week’s #WeAreEmoryEPI student spotlight, we got to know more about her, her ongoing projects, why she chose Rollins, and more!

 


 

Tell us a little bit about your academic history/where you went to school.

I went to medical school in Mumbai, India, and graduated from there in 2019.

 

 

What are your primary research interests?

My primary research interests are in chronic diseases particularly cardiovascular disease prevention.

 

 

How have you been navigating the work (& learn) from home experience during the COVID-19 outbreak?

Being in a new country and almost completely in a virtual format for classes and work has been slightly challenging. However, the Emory community including professors, advisors, classmates, and friends has made it a smooth sailing experience for me. I also enjoy going out for walks (love the Atlanta weather) and practising yoga, which are my stress busters.

 

 

Are there any exciting projects that you are currently working on that you’d like to share with us?

I am working on the MINDS study – Mindfulness intervention to improve sleep and reduce diabetes risk among a diverse sample in Atlanta. For my APE, I will be working during the summer on a project to evaluate the feasibility, effectiveness, and sustainability of including Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHAs) for hypertension and diabetes screening and referral using integrated health information technology in India.

 

 

What is your favorite part about earning your MPH at Emory?

My favourite part about Emory is the community. I am a DEI advisor in the Rollins International Student Association and love discussing and implementing ideas related to promoting Community and Belonging at Rollins. I hope more international students like me choose to study at Emory.

 

 

What advice do you have for people who may be interested in getting their MPH?

My advice would be to reach out to professors and current students pursuing their MPH degrees. Everyone is very approachable and helpful and would love to assist you in the best way possible.

 

 

When applying, what were you looking for in a public health school, and what factors drove you towards Rollins?

I was looking for a school with a 2 year MPH program since it would give me enough time to digest new concepts and also the time to build a network. Rollins stood out to me not only because of its high ranking but also the positive feedback I received from multiple Alumni and students that I connected with during my application period.

 

 

What books are you currently reading, or what podcasts are you currently listening to?

I recently started listening to the famous Shiny Epi People podcast by Lisa Bodnar.

 

 

What are three fun facts that you want people to know about you?
  1. I am Indian but I was born and brought up in Nigeria which is still home to my parents
  2. I was a national level swimmer back in the day
  3. My biggest fear is “rats” or even a single rat

 


 

Thanks so much to Ashna for taking the time to introduce herself! To connect, you can find her @AshnaJagtiani on both Twitter and Instagram. Stay tuned to The Confounder next week for another #WeAreEmoryEPI student feature!


#WeAreEmoryEPI: Meet Jordan Barker

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Jordan is a second-year MPH student interested in emerging infectious disease research. She is currently working on a qualitative project studying COVID-19’s impact on individuals experiencing homelessness. This week, we talked to her about that and more!

 


 

Tell us a little bit about your academic history/where you went to school.

I graduated from Appalachian State University with a Bachelors of Science in Political Science. I also graduated from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with a Bachelors of Science in Public Health and a minor in Biology.

 

 

What are your primary research interests?

I am primarily interested in emerging infectious diseases and global health security.

 

 

Are there any exciting projects that you are currently working on that you’d like to share with us?

I am currently working on a qualitative study that is assessing the impact of COVID-19 on behavioral health services for individuals experiencing homelessness. I have learned so much during this project over the past few months, and this has been a great opportunity to work with individuals across multiple teams.

 

 

What is your favorite part about earning your MPH at Emory?

My favorite part about earning my MPH at Emory are the research/work opportunities available to students and the amazing professors.

 

 

What advice do you have for 1st year MPH Students?

Take care of your mental and physical health. While classes, networking, and securing APE and thesis/capstone opportunities are all important, take time away from all of that for self care on a weekly basis.

 

 

As first-year students start to look for their APE positions, do you have any tips for finding a practicum?

Don’t be afraid to network and ask about opportunities, even in your current job.

 

 

When applying, what were you looking for in a public health school, and what factors drove you towards Rollins?

When I was applying to public health schools, I wanted to find a school where I felt at home, and one that also provided a lot of opportunities for experience outside of the classroom. My Visit Emory experience in early 2019 was great, and I made the decision to attend Rollins that same week. I also enjoy living in the Atlanta area and love the many public health opportunities that the city provides.

 

 

Do you have any other tips for prospective public health students?

Try a little bit of everything. I came to Rollins unsure of what research areas I wanted to focus on, so I decided to enroll in different electives to see what I enjoyed and wanted to further explore. My research interests have evolved over the past two years, but I have gained a lot of insight into different areas of research by stepping outside of my comfort zone.

 

 

How have you been navigating the work (& learn) from home experience during the COVID-19 outbreak?

When we first transitioned to 100% remote work/learning, it was a huge adjustment for me because it was hard to set work/life boundaries. I started making and sticking to daily schedules to remain on task while also making sure to also incorporate time away from the computer screen to exercise and relax. I enjoy working from home, but I do miss seeing people on campus and at the office.

 

 

What books are you currently reading, or what podcasts are you currently listening to? 

I am currently reading Fractured by Karin Slaughter (who is from Atlanta and sets most of her novels in this area), and I am also reading Big Bad Wolf by James Patterson. I also enjoy podcasts and follow Hidden Brain and the Broke Millennial Finance Podcast.

 

 

What are three fun facts that you want people to know about you?

1. I have a Lord of the Rings tattoo and a Doctor Who tattoo. Next up is a Star Wars tattoo.

2. I grew up right outside of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in western North Carolina.

3. I love to bake. My current favorite recipe is cookies and cream cupcakes.

 


 

Thanks to Jordan for taking the time to chat with us! Tune in next week for another #WeAreEmoryEPI student spotlight!


#WeAreEmoryEPI: Meet Maddy Lewis

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Maddy is a second-year MPH student interested in infectious disease epi and is involved in research with Emory’s vaccine clinic. In our conversation, she shared some nuggets of advice for younger public health students and told us about her popular TikTok page!

 


 

Tell us a little bit about your academic history/where you went to school.

I studied biology as an undergraduate at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

 

 

What are your primary research interests?

I am primarily interested in infectious disease epidemiology.

 

 

Are there any exciting projects that you are currently working on that you’d like to share with us?

I got connected to a new research project at Emory’s vaccine clinic studying the effects of the vaccine reactions which occur in the 15 or 30-minute monitoring period after patients receive their vaccines. Although this study is still in the early stages, I have already gained amazing experience in helping design, implement, and manage a research project from the very beginning.

 

 

What is your favorite part about earning your MPH at Emory?

My favorite part of Emory has been the professional experiences I was able to gain as a graduate student. Emory has so many connections within public health.

 

 

What advice do you have for 1st year MPH Students?

The best advice I can give is to try to build up a professional network authentically. Instead of forming connections for the sake of networking, build relationships naturally with others through volunteering, shared interests, or work. Because I was able to do this, my network is able to speak to my abilities and talents much better, which helped me find a full-time job before graduation.

 

 

As first-year students start to look for their APE positions, do you have any tips for finding a practicum?

A lot of Rollins students go in thinking they want to do research. Don’t be afraid to try out applied epidemiology at somewhere like Georgia Department of Public Health!

 

 

When applying, what were you looking for in a public health school, and what factors drove you towards Rollins?

I knew that if I went to Rollins, I would have access to the most opportunities and people in public health. Atlanta really is the world’s public health capital.

 

 

How have you been navigating the work (& learn) from home experience during the COVID-19 outbreak?

At first, I hated working from home. After about 3 months, I adjusted and realized I never wanted to go back into office full-time. As long as you are able to know when to stop working, work from home works really well for so many people.

 

 

What are three fun facts that you want people to know about you?

I have 18k followers on my TikTok (@maddy.epidemiology) where I discuss public health, epidemiology, race, and other topics. Other fun facts are that I am allergic to cats and am looking for a roommate in August.

 


 

Thanks to Maddy for chatting with us this week! If you want to follow her, head to her TikTok page for great public health content!


InsideAPE: Mumta Kadir and Diabetes-Preventing Lifestyle-Change Programs

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Mumta Kadir (rising 2nd year EPI MPH) started working on lifestyle change for diabetes prevention during her undergraduate training. Since then, she has discovered much more about the inner workings of diabetes prevention through a REAL position last year and her current APE. Read her full story below!

 

 

Tell us about your APE project

 

I’m a research assistant for a CDC funded project related to the National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP) focused on improving the quality of lifestyle coaches and organizations implementing the lifestyle change program. 

The NDPP is a CDC-recognized lifestyle change program created to address the rising cases of prediabetes and Type 2 diabetes in the US. Lifestyle coaches are peer educators, health promoters, community health workers, or diabetes care, and education specialists trained in the CDC’s PreventT2 curriculum to provide effective guidance and support for program participants. 

For this project, I am responsible for various tasks including data cleaning, management, collection, and analysis (both quantitative and qualitative). 

 

 

How did you find your APE?

 

My APE is a continuation of my REAL job. I was hired in the fall during the beginning stages of the research project because of my research experience with the DPP at the University of Michigan.

 

 

How has your experience been so far? Has the pandemic changed the scope of your project?

 

My experience has been great so far! I’ve been able to learn about the different sides of research projects like the administrative side which includes obtaining IRB approval to the data side which includes data collection and analysis. I’m also gaining qualitative data analysis experience, something that isn’t as common with traditional EPI work. 

Because of the pandemic, the program is now completely virtual. We recently began our primary data collection by sending out surveys to over 12,000 people who are leading or have led the NDPP to some capacity. The survey aims to receive qualitative and quantitative data that could help to improve the quality of the program, and questions related to the effects of COVID-19 were added to understand how the pandemic is affecting the program and program participants nationally. 

 

 

How did you survive lockdown and what’s the first thing you can’t wait to do once it’s safe again?

 

I’m surviving lockdown by being with my family and keeping up with my friends regularly. I also have been reading a lot more and ended up joining a book club! Once it’s safe to go out again, I can’t wait to go to local coffee shops again and meet up with friends! 

 

 

As always, thanks to Mumta for her time and tune in next week for another InsideAPE feature!


#WeAreEmoryEPI: Meet Emily Drzymalla

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Emily is a second-year EPI student also pursuing a certificate in Genetic & Molecular Epidemiology, which ties into her thesis project. We chatted about her thesis, working (and learning) from home, and she shared some fun facts!

 


 
Tell us a little bit about your academic history/where you went to school.

I went to Texas A&M University for my undergraduate studies and received a Bachelor’s of Science in Genetics. I am currently a second-year MPH student for Epidemiology at Rollins and am also in the Genetic and Molecular Epidemiology Certificate.

 

 

What are your primary research interests?

My primary research interest is in genetic epidemiology and epigenetics.

 

 

Are there any exciting projects that you are currently working on that you’d like to share with us?

One project I’m working on is for my thesis project. It involves looking to see if there is an association between prenatal maternal depression and changes in the DNA methylation in the cord blood for the infant.

 

 

What is your favorite part about earning your MPH at Emory?

My favorite part about earning my MPH at Emory is the people I’ve gotten to meet and the relationships I’ve gotten to form.

 

 

What advice do you have for 1st year MPH Students?

Don’t be afraid to try new things. You may end up liking a class or topic more than you thought you would.

 

 

As first-year students start to look for their APE positions, do you have any tips for finding a practicum?

Networking can help you to find an APE position. You can talk to professors or guest speakers who share your interests after class. If they do not have a position open, they may know someone else who does.

 

 

When applying, what were you looking for in a public health school, and what factors drove you towards Rollins?

Honestly, the fact that Rollins was ranked fifth at the time and is also next to the CDC were major factors.

 

 

Do you have any other tips for prospective public health students?

Find what interests you. There are a lot of different facets of epidemiology and some you may not have any interest in. Also, try to acquire a broad skill set. If you have time, take classes that can teach you skills you may not be directly in your specific interest. These skills may come in handy later on.

 

 

How have you been navigating the work (& learn) from home experience during the COVID-19 outbreak?

Honestly, it has been difficult. Time management and discipline are important parts for navigating the work and learn from home experience.

 

 

What books are you currently reading, or what podcasts are you currently listening to?

I am currently reading The Brothers Karamazov. I haven’t finished it yet but so far it’s one of my favorite books.

 

 

What are three fun facts that you want people to know about you?
  1. I want to have a green thumb but I don’t.
  2. I have a feisty cat named Pebbles.
  3. I’ve seen three sharks unintentionally.

 


 

Thanks again to Emily for her time! We will be back with another #WeAreEmoryEPI spotlight next week!


InsideAPE: Jacob Pluznik and HIV Testing in Incarcerated Populations

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On this week’s #InsideAPE, we are talking to second-year Epi MPH student Jacob Pluznik. Jacob is working with Dr. Anne Spaulding to study HIV linkages to care in the Washington DC Department of Corrections. Read below to learn more!

 
Tell us about your APE project

For my APE I am working on a study with Dr. Anne Spaulding in the DC Department of Corrections (DOC). We are examining linkages to care for HIV for incarcerated persons and how different testing methods influence these linkages to care after release.

 

How did you find your APE?

I found out about my APE opportunity from a friend (Epi Rep Tony Mufarreh) who knew I was interested in finding an APE surrounding HIV and spoke with Dr. Spaulding about the opportunity at an EPI bagel breakfast. He then forwarded the information onto me so I could reach out and pursue it!

 

How has your experience been so far? Has it been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, and if so, how are you adapting to those changes?

My experience has been good so far, and I have really enjoyed being able to work on an interprofessional team with so many awesome people who are so passionate about and good at what they do. It started off slowly but has begun to pick up greatly in the past couple of weeks! Originally, the study was put on hold due to the DOC being closed to outside workers due to the pandemic but is starting to open back up for us to go in, collect, and work with our data.

 

How did you survive lockdown and what’s the first thing you can’t wait to do once it’s safe again?

I survived the lockdown by trying to stay active and exercising and eating well. I also started experimenting with cooking new and exciting meals for myself to have something to look forward to at the end of my days. Once it’s safe again, I hope I can host some of my friends over for a dinner party to show off what I’ve learned.

 

Thanks to Jacob for his time and for telling us more about his summer APE! Tune in next week for another #InsideAPE spotlight!