In this presentation, Kaci will discuss the challenges of treating Ebola patients in Sierra Leone as well as the U.S. response to returning healthcare workers. We will also explore the role of leadership, politics, the media, the public response to public health threats. Finally, we will consider civil rights and quarantine law in the face of Ebola and future public health responses.
Speaker Biography - Kaci Hickox, MPH, MSN, RN
Kaci Hickox, MPH, MSN, RN
Clinical Nurse Educator, Eugene, Oregon
Kaci started her career as an Emergency Department nurse in Dallas, Texas in 2002. She always had her eyes set on international humanitarian aid and first volunteered in Indonesia after the deadly tsunami in 2004. She fell in love with the work and gained further education on tropical disease at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine by obtaining a Diploma in Tropical Nursing. Over the next 4 years, she worked for Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF, also known as Doctors Without Borders) in Burma, Sudan, Nigeria, and Uganda. She received a dual Master of Science in Nursing and Master of Public Health from Johns Hopkins University in 2011. She then worked for the CDC as an Epidemic Intelligence Officer based at the Southern Nevada Health District in Las Vegas, Nevada, where she developed her skills in public health and epidemiology. In September 2014 she joined MSF in the fight against Ebola as a medical team lead in a treatment unit in Sierra Leone. She now lives in Eugene, Oregon and serves as Clinical Nurse Educator for a large healthcare system.
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