Angela Medina pictured with CDC’s Director Thomas Frieden

Center for Healthy Communities’ CDC Public Health Associate Worked on Zika Virus Response at CDC’s Emergency Operations Center

CHHS Center for Healthy Communities’ CDC public health associate, Angela Medina, spent the holiday season at CDC’s Emergency Operations Center to work on the Zika virus response.

During Angela’s 62-day deployment, she provided support to the Incident Management Leadership Team. Her main responsibilities included scheduling speakers to brief the CDC director on a weekly basis regarding the response; coordinating clearance of scientific documents such as manuscripts, guidance and abstracts related to Zika; and compiling an internal weekly report that included vital response information.

Angela said she enjoyed the fast pace of the EOC, as well as working with some of the top scientists, doctors and experts around vector control, mosquito-borne infectious disease and birth defects.

The most memorable part of her experience was being able to attend a meeting with Florida public health leaders as they worked with the CDC to plan for the 2017 mosquito season.

“It was life-changing to work on a response that has such important implications for public health,” Angela said. “I’m grateful that I was able to help in protecting the world from this terrible disease.”

Angela conducted a mosquito-borne diseases training with Richard Trotta, associate chief of staff for Wilmington Health Care Center, on Jan. 25 for the North Carolina Public Health Training Center. Visit the Training Center’s website for more information.

Picture Caption: Angela Medina pictured with CDC’s Director Thomas Frieden