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Twenty-three first-year MPH students from the WVU fall seminar class participated in a mock public health scenario with members of six county health departments. The students were divided into five teams and worked to answer questions in a two-part format, with health department staff facilitating their discussion. After completing Part One,teams shared their answers and were then given additional information and questions.
County health departments are the first to investigate local infectious outbreaks in West Virginia, and the variations in health department resources, geography and staff were part of the learning experience. Health department staff participating in the drill were members of the Preparedness Action Coalition Team (PACT), which includes Doddridge, Harrison, Marion, Monongalia, Preston and Taylor counties.
Four second-year students (Emily Morgan, Emily Jenkins, Meg Starcher, Epidemiology; Connor Levy, Biostatistics) an alumna Azsra Mathar, MPA, MPH also supported the active discussions.
The exercise has been offered for three years at the Monongalia County Health Department, and was conceived by Regional Epidemiologist Bob White and seminar instructor Bobbi Sykes, Director of Practice-based Learning for WVU’s School of Public Health.
“We’ve refined it each year, and we are grateful for the generous donation of time and practical expertise the health department staff has offered,” notes Sykes. Students from all disciplines participated, and evaluation comments were overwhelmingly positive.
Lee Smith, MD, Executive Director of the Monongalia Health Department, explained to students that the scenario was based on a public health emergency which actually occurred in Indiana in 2015.