Ph.D candidate to talk about front lines of Ebola fight

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Dee Dee Downie

Dee Dee Downie, an NIU doctoral student in the Ph.D in Health Sciences program, will present “Fighting Ebola One Day at a Time: An NIU Doctoral Student Responds to West Africa,” at the College of Health and Human Sciences Scholarly Exchange Meeting.

The meeting begins at noon Monday, Feb. 1, in the Wirtz Hall 104. It is free and open to the public.

Downie, who holds a master’s in public health, is a CDC Public Health Advisor, Field Assignee and works for the Wisconsin Division of Public Health. She recently was deployed to West Africa.

“t has been a life-changing experience for me to see case counts from the evening news become faces of friends and people I worked with. I felt my American misconceptions fall apart in an instant and found a hope that I did not expect,” Downie says of her experience in Africa. “Bridging career with personal, the experience of global public health has the potential to inspire, encourage and gently remind us of all that we have to give as public health professionals.”

For more information, call (815) 753-0031 or email sljackson@niu.edu.

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