Ms. Katelyn Jelden, a native of Axtell, Nebraska, was presented with the 2017 Excellence in Public Health Award from the United States Public Health Service at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) College of Public Health’s convocation held May 5.
[Photo: Ms. Katelyn Jelden]
Ms. Jelden, a 2016 master of public health graduate from the UNMC College of Public Health and now a UNMC medical student, was presented the award by Commander Kurt Kesteloot, federal engineer, U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service.
The award recognizes medical students who show their dedication to public health by making exceptional contributions to the community and who increase the U.S. Public Health Service’s mission to protect, promote and advance the health and safety of the nation.
Ms. Jelden was an integral member of the Nebraska Patient Care Biocontainment Unit, which was activated as a part of Ebola care and response efforts in 2014. She was responsible for everything from preparing ambulances for patient transport to presenting course content for the CDC’s Ebola training courses.
Her involvement continues and has led to seven publications with an additional four in press or review. In addition to Ms. Jelden’s accomplishments in the areas of infectious diseases and occupational health and safety, she was an active student leader in the College of Public Health.
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