2009 H1N1 Influenza School & Community Response-Clinical Team Leaders

Community Response-Clinical Team Leaders

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Patricia M. Barton and Kristan A. Andrus

Patricia Barton, a 20 year veteran of public health, and Kristan Andrus work within the Jefferson County Public Health Service's Preventive Health Nursing Unit focusing on a wide range of program areas including diagnostic and treatment center (D&TC) services such as STD/HIV, immunizations, and travel health, as well as maternal and child health; rabies control; monitoring and control of TB and other communicable diseases such as H1N1 Influenza.

As lead clinicians for the Jefferson County 2009 H1N1 response efforts, the nurses established communication and surveillance systems with healthcare providers at schools and in the community. Both nurses were responsible for training of medical volunteers, and coordinating logistics for 133 clinics (70-school; 33-community) throughout Jefferson County. Their work resulted in a total of 12,872 doses administered over 5 months.

Ms. Barton and Ms. Andrus exhibit utmost integrity and professionalism in all aspects of their work, and are vital team players within the department and the community.

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