Dr. Allison Chamberlain Discusses Her Work as an Epidemiologist

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In this episode of Public Health Perspectives, we speak with Dr. Allison Chamberlain,  Assistant Professor of Epidemiology at the Emory Rollins School of Public Health in Atlanta, GA, and an epidemiology consultant with the Fulton County Board of Health located in the heart of Atlanta. An infectious disease epidemiologist by training, her research focuses on promotion of preventive health interventions like vaccines and pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV. She also has a background in public health preparedness and is currently the Acting Director of the Emory Center for Public Health Preparedness. In summer 2016, she had the opportunity to interview staff at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) regarding their response to the history-making 2015 Legionnaires’ Disease outbreak in the Bronx. Her case study on DOHMH’s response to this event was published in the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice in July 2017 and included as a chapter in JPHMP’s 21 Public Health Case Studies on Policy & Administration. Dr. Chamberlain discusses the legionella disease outbreak in NYC, how she became an epidemiology consultant for the Fulton County Board of Health, and the work she has done with her students in bridging the gap between practice and research.

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Camelia Singletary

Camelia Singletary, MPH, received her master’s degree in public health from the University of South Carolina in 2015. Her research interests include exploring the implementation of school physical activity programs in combination with nutritional components. She is also interested in analyzing the adoption of physical activity and healthy eating skills from a social-cognitive perspective. As a public health communicator at JPHMP Direct, she hopes to create linkages between evidence-based research, public health coursework, and health certification competencies

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