Two DNP students selected for CDC Fellowship

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Nhia Yerkes-Vang

Two #HuskyNurse Doctor of Nursing Practice Population Health and Systems Leadership students Mollie Killion and Nhia Yerkes-Vang, have the opportunity to make a difference in the world of epidemiology through the Center for Disease Control Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) fellowship.  

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Mollie Killion

“I’ve always had an interest in epidemiology, around disease surveillance and response and how I can align it with nursing. I really want to have more hands-on experience,” said Yerkes-Vang. “And explore disaster epidemiology, especially with the effects of climate change on the environment and health.” 

From the CDC website: EIS is a long-standing, globally recognized fellowship program, renowned for its investigative and emergency response efforts. From the program’s active disease detectives, its alumni, and the leaders and other public health servants, the EIS program remains integral and relevant to meet the public health needs of today and the future. 

“This fellowship is a great opportunity to be a subject matter expert in different infectious disease or environmental health threats. I can be a good resource for state and local health departments and be able to serve communities,” said Killion.  “This fellowship hasn’t taken many individuals with a nursing background. I am excited to bring my experience with patient and community voice,” she added. 

Placements for the fellowship won’t be until the spring. We look forward to where Yerkes-Vang and Killion where utilize their skills and gain experiences.  

 -Kristine Wright