I have worked for the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) for over 10 years. I have worked in three different capacities consisting of Children First home visitation nurse, Region V Emergency Preparedness and Response (EPRS) nurse, and currently as a Health Educator. As a Children First nurse, I educated and monitored the health status of first time expectant mothers and their infants. I provided support, guidance, various health and developmental assessments, and referrals as needed as a Registered Nurse (RN) throughout the mother’s pregnancy and the child’s infancy/toddlerhood. As a regional EPRS bioterrorism nurse, I was responsible for providing guidance and support in various capacities to health department Administrators, Emergency Managers, tribal nations, and hospital infection control nurses within 13 counties to develop their Mass Immunizations Plans (MIPS). I assisted with writing, conducting, and evaluating MIPS exercises as well as working to assist the hospitals, long-term care, assisted-living, and residential facilities in writing and exercising their own Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) or Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP). I also worked with our state Epidemiologist in conducting outbreak investigations, serving as one of the subject matter experts in infectious diseases. I am the Chair-elect for the Oklahoma Public Health Association’s Emergency Preparedness and Response section. I currently work in the capacity as a Health Educator. As such, I am wide-spread within the communities I cover assisting in community assessments (MAPP), sitting on workgroups and boards addressing maternal-child health, infant mortality, health department accreditation committee, and much, much more!
Walden University School of Public Health
MS, Emergency Management and Homeland Security
Arkansas Tech University
Northeastern State University
I am currently designing a mixed method research study in collaboration with several of Oklahoma’s emergency managers to follow-up my dissertation research study.
My research interests consist of emergency preparedness, maternal-child health, environmental health, infectious diseases, and immigrant population health.