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Although I have always wanted to care for people and assist in improving my community, I discovered there are other ways of improving the quality and delivery of patient care. Moreover, enhancing public health initiatives truly interests me as it connects everything and everyone throughout the medical field.</p>\r\n<p>The School of Public Health at WVU offers numerous opportunities in the classroom and in the field to gain real-world experience. I was quickly drawn to the courses listed in my major as I believe the concepts and involvement within the community will benefit me in my future profession.</p>\r\n<h2>Have you had any professors who have made an impact on your while at WVU?</h2>\r\n<p>Dr. <a data-udi=\"umb://document/8895db3243ca41c5a2abe9aa4dcd8ed0\" href=\"#\" title=\"Erik Carlton\">Erik Carlton</a> has had a profound impact on me and my studies during my time at WVU. After taking Intro to Health Administration in the Fall 2020 semester with him as my professor, I was certain that health care administration would become my passion. Additionally, he has provided me with insights and opportunities in the healthcare industry, as he assisted in landing me a summer internship. Indeed, Dr. Carlton has truly become an invaluable mentor for me.</p>\r\n<p><span class=\"TextRun SCXW144999656 BCX0\" data-contrast=\"auto\"><span class=\"NormalTextRun SCXW144999656 BCX0\">While applying to graduate schools to continue my education for my <a data-udi=\"umb://document/1d495d643afe46a9aa79f8d326f6288d\" href=\"/students/graduate-programs/master-of-health-administration/\" title=\"Master of Health Administration\">Master of Health Administration</a>, <a data-udi=\"umb://document/16f35b0152c94497ab6ef963d8e0555f\" href=\"http://publichealth.wvu.edu/who-we-are/faculty-and-staff-profiles/steve-davis/\" title=\"Steve Davis\">Dr. Steve Davis</a> has also had a major impact on me. After taking </span></span><span class=\"TextRun SCXW144999656 BCX0\" data-contrast=\"auto\"><span class=\"NormalTextRun SCXW144999656 BCX0\">Public Health Project Management </span></span><span class=\"TextRun SCXW144999656 BCX0\" data-contrast=\"auto\"><span class=\"NormalTextRun SCXW144999656 BCX0\">in the Fall 2020 semester with Dr. Davis as my professor, I knew that he truly cared for all his students. Since then, we have met frequently to discuss applying to graduate schools, tips for the future, and life in general. I’m grateful for his mentoring, support, and dedication to my success. </span></span><span class=\"EOP SCXW144999656 BCX0\" data-ccp-props=\"{&quot;335559685&quot;:720,&quot;335559731&quot;:720}\"> </span></p>\r\n<h2><span data-contrast=\"auto\">What are some unique or interesting experiences you’ve had during your time at WVU?</span><span data-ccp-props=\"{}\"> </span><span data-ccp-props=\"{&quot;335559685&quot;:720}\"> </span></h2>\r\n<p><span data-contrast=\"auto\">Being part of the Dean's Ambassador program for the School of Public Health has been one of the most unique and beneficial experiences that I have had during my time here at WVU. This program has allowed me to give back to the school that has given me so much thus far by not only representing the school, but also speaking with and promoting the school to prospective students. I look forward to continuing in the program as I complete my master’s degree! </span><span data-ccp-props=\"{&quot;335559685&quot;:1440}\"> </span></p>\r\n<h2><span data-contrast=\"auto\">You’re ending your academic journey during a unique time in our history. What has been both good and bad about studying public health during a pandemic and completing your college degree during this time?</span><span data-ccp-props=\"{}\"> </span><span data-ccp-props=\"{&quot;335559685&quot;:720}\"> </span></h2>\r\n<p><span data-contrast=\"auto\">The COVID-19 pandemic definitely changed the true experience as I was completing my college degree. However, one unique aspect is that majority of people now know what public health is truly about. Prior to the pandemic numerous individuals didn’t understand what public health was and how it could be extremely beneficial in the midst of a pandemic. Now that most people know what public health is, I feel fortunate to be a small part of the ever-changing field.</span><span data-ccp-props=\"{&quot;335559685&quot;:1440}\"> </span></p>\r\n<p><span data-contrast=\"auto\">Although, I did miss the in-person experience and interactions with professors and classmates while the pandemic was occurring. Nonetheless, the School of Public Health professors persevered, creating a beneficial learning environment even while attending all virtual classes. </span></p>\r\n<h2><span data-contrast=\"auto\">Tell us about your capstone/field placement experience – where was it, what did you do, what did you learn, what did you accomplish? </span><span data-ccp-props=\"{}\"> </span></h2>\r\n<p><span data-contrast=\"auto\">My capstone experience was with the WVU Medicine J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital Quality Outcomes team. 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Two quality analysts on the team and I evaluated data through </span><span data-contrast=\"auto\">Epic </span><span data-contrast=\"auto\">chart review and were able to identify some performance metrics for </span><span data-contrast=\"auto\">Peak Health. </span><span data-contrast=\"auto\"></span></p>\r\n<p><span data-contrast=\"auto\">Additionally, I partnered with the perioperative quality coordinator to evaluate head and neck surgery data through </span><span data-contrast=\"auto\">Epic </span><span data-contrast=\"auto\">chart review, which was an evaluation for appropriate safety measures.</span><span data-ccp-props=\"{&quot;335559685&quot;:1440}\"> </span></p>\r\n<p><span data-contrast=\"auto\">Overall, I learned that quality is truly integrated in various hospital and clinic measures to ensure the best care is provided to all patients. Quality is an essential aspect to healthcare, so I felt fortunate that I was granted the opportunity to have an insight on this. </span><span data-ccp-props=\"{&quot;335559685&quot;:1440}\"> </span></p>\r\n<h2><span data-contrast=\"auto\">What do you plan to do after graduation?</span><span data-ccp-props=\"{}\"> </span><span data-ccp-props=\"{&quot;335559685&quot;:720}\"> </span></h2>\r\n<p><span data-contrast=\"auto\">After graduation in May, I will continue to attend the WVU School of Public Health to obtain my <a data-udi=\"umb://document/1d495d643afe46a9aa79f8d326f6288d\" href=\"/students/graduate-programs/master-of-health-administration/\" title=\"Master of Health Administration\">Master of Health Administration</a>. Additionally, I will be a graduate student worker contributing to Telehealth research with Dr. Steve Davis. </span><span data-ccp-props=\"{&quot;335559685&quot;:1440}\"> </span><span data-contrast=\"auto\"> </span></p>\r\n<h2><span data-contrast=\"auto\">What is your ultimate career goal? </span></h2>\r\n<p><span data-contrast=\"auto\">While healthcare administrators are not involved in day-to-day treatment of patients, the development of a strategic vision and providing quality patient-centered services begins at this level. My ultimate career goal is to promote team service through motivation and engagement, influencing employees to be focused on both patient care and treatment. </span></p>\r\n<p><span data-contrast=\"auto\">Optimally, this will result in enhanced health outcomes for all patients, while benefiting the organization as a whole. 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I knew that with my dedication and support from my mentors, I could thrive here and continue to do so in my future career within a healthcare organization.</span></p>\r\n<h2><span data-contrast=\"auto\">What do you think is the best tradition at WVU?</span><span data-ccp-props=\"{}\"> </span><span data-ccp-props=\"{&quot;335559685&quot;:1440}\"> </span></h2>\r\n<p><span data-contrast=\"auto\">Singing </span><span data-contrast=\"auto\">Country Roads </span><span data-contrast=\"auto\">after every home game, win or lose. This is such a unique tradition for not only WVU, but the entire state. </span><span data-contrast=\"auto\">“Almost Heaven, West Virginia...”</span><span data-ccp-props=\"{&quot;335559685&quot;:1440}\"> </span></p>\r\n<h2>What advice would you give to your freshman self?</h2>\r\n<p>Seek every opportunity and experience possible! Becoming well-educated and knowledgeable in your interests and potential career will have long-term benefits. 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Through all my experiences leading up to this point, I am quickly reminded why I started: to be able to give back to my community by leading and supporting the individuals who are delivering patient care, while simultaneously ensuring that all patients receive the care they deserve. The Master of Health Administration program and the mentors here at WVU in the School of Public Health will help me do just that. </span><span data-ccp-props=\"{&quot;335559685&quot;:1440}\"> </span></p>"}]}],"profileHometown":"Parkersburg, W.Va.","mainContent":"<h2>Why did you choose to study public health at WVU?</h2>\r\n<p>I never really discovered public health; the profession found me. During my experience as an emergency department scribe, I quickly realized the clinical setting was not for me. Although I have always wanted to care for people and assist in improving my community, I discovered there are other ways of improving the quality and delivery of patient care. Moreover, enhancing public health initiatives truly interests me as it connects everything and everyone throughout the medical field.</p>\r\n<p>The School of Public Health at WVU offers numerous opportunities in the classroom and in the field to gain real-world experience. I was quickly drawn to the courses listed in my major as I believe the concepts and involvement within the community will benefit me in my future profession.</p>\r\n<h2>Have you had any professors who have made an impact on your while at WVU?</h2>\r\n<p>Dr. <a data-udi=\"umb://document/8895db3243ca41c5a2abe9aa4dcd8ed0\" href=\"#\" title=\"Erik Carlton\">Erik Carlton</a> has had a profound impact on me and my studies during my time at WVU. After taking Intro to Health Administration in the Fall 2020 semester with him as my professor, I was certain that health care administration would become my passion. Additionally, he has provided me with insights and opportunities in the healthcare industry, as he assisted in landing me a summer internship. Indeed, Dr. Carlton has truly become an invaluable mentor for me.</p>\r\n<p><span class=\"TextRun SCXW144999656 BCX0\" data-contrast=\"auto\"><span class=\"NormalTextRun SCXW144999656 BCX0\">While applying to graduate schools to continue my education for my <a data-udi=\"umb://document/1d495d643afe46a9aa79f8d326f6288d\" href=\"/students/graduate-programs/master-of-health-administration/\" title=\"Master of Health Administration\">Master of Health Administration</a>, <a data-udi=\"umb://document/16f35b0152c94497ab6ef963d8e0555f\" href=\"http://publichealth.wvu.edu/who-we-are/faculty-and-staff-profiles/steve-davis/\" title=\"Steve Davis\">Dr. Steve Davis</a> has also had a major impact on me. 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I’m grateful for his mentoring, support, and dedication to my success. </span></span><span class=\"EOP SCXW144999656 BCX0\" data-ccp-props=\"{&quot;335559685&quot;:720,&quot;335559731&quot;:720}\"> </span></p>\r\n<h2><span data-contrast=\"auto\">What are some unique or interesting experiences you’ve had during your time at WVU?</span><span data-ccp-props=\"{}\"> </span><span data-ccp-props=\"{&quot;335559685&quot;:720}\"> </span></h2>\r\n<p><span data-contrast=\"auto\">Being part of the Dean's Ambassador program for the School of Public Health has been one of the most unique and beneficial experiences that I have had during my time here at WVU. This program has allowed me to give back to the school that has given me so much thus far by not only representing the school, but also speaking with and promoting the school to prospective students. I look forward to continuing in the program as I complete my master’s degree! </span><span data-ccp-props=\"{&quot;335559685&quot;:1440}\"> </span></p>\r\n<h2><span data-contrast=\"auto\">You’re ending your academic journey during a unique time in our history. What has been both good and bad about studying public health during a pandemic and completing your college degree during this time?</span><span data-ccp-props=\"{}\"> </span><span data-ccp-props=\"{&quot;335559685&quot;:720}\"> </span></h2>\r\n<p><span data-contrast=\"auto\">The COVID-19 pandemic definitely changed the true experience as I was completing my college degree. However, one unique aspect is that majority of people now know what public health is truly about. Prior to the pandemic numerous individuals didn’t understand what public health was and how it could be extremely beneficial in the midst of a pandemic. Now that most people know what public health is, I feel fortunate to be a small part of the ever-changing field.</span><span data-ccp-props=\"{&quot;335559685&quot;:1440}\"> </span></p>\r\n<p><span data-contrast=\"auto\">Although, I did miss the in-person experience and interactions with professors and classmates while the pandemic was occurring. Nonetheless, the School of Public Health professors persevered, creating a beneficial learning environment even while attending all virtual classes. </span></p>\r\n<h2><span data-contrast=\"auto\">Tell us about your capstone/field placement experience – where was it, what did you do, what did you learn, what did you accomplish? </span><span data-ccp-props=\"{}\"> </span></h2>\r\n<p><span data-contrast=\"auto\">My capstone experience was with the WVU Medicine J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital Quality Outcomes team. 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Additionally, I will be a graduate student worker contributing to Telehealth research with Dr. Steve Davis. </span><span data-ccp-props=\"{&quot;335559685&quot;:1440}\"> </span><span data-contrast=\"auto\"> </span></p>\r\n<h2><span data-contrast=\"auto\">What is your ultimate career goal? </span></h2>\r\n<p><span data-contrast=\"auto\">While healthcare administrators are not involved in day-to-day treatment of patients, the development of a strategic vision and providing quality patient-centered services begins at this level. My ultimate career goal is to promote team service through motivation and engagement, influencing employees to be focused on both patient care and treatment. </span></p>\r\n<p><span data-contrast=\"auto\">Optimally, this will result in enhanced health outcomes for all patients, while benefiting the organization as a whole. 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My field of study has fulfilled my dreams of giving those who are in need of help a positive and accessible experience with healthcare.  </span></p>\r\n<h2 class=\"xmsolistparagraph\"><span>Why did you choose to study public health at WVU?</span></h2>\r\n<p class=\"xmsolistparagraph\"><span>I chose to study public health at WVU because it was still close to home, while also being just far enough away. I also loved the education that was being offered and the opportunities throughout the School.</span></p>\r\n<h2 class=\"xmsolistparagraph\"><span>Have you had any faculty members who have made an impact on you while at WVU?</span></h2>\r\n<p class=\"xmsolistparagraph\"><span>I have had such wonderful experiences with all the staff at the School of Public Health, but if I had to pick out a few I would have to say <a data-udi=\"umb://document/e926870192904b7abad0be8100c47de9\" href=\"http://publichealth.wvu.edu/who-we-are/faculty-and-staff-profiles/sarah-opatz/\" title=\"Sarah Opatz\">Sarah Opatz</a>, <a href=\"https://directory.hsc.wvu.edu/Profile/54164\">Sarah Woodrum</a>, <a href=\"https://directory.hsc.wvu.edu/Profile/52266\">Scot McIntosh,</a> Emily Zier, and <a data-udi=\"umb://document/16f35b0152c94497ab6ef963d8e0555f\" href=\"http://publichealth.wvu.edu/who-we-are/faculty-and-staff-profiles/steve-davis/\" title=\"Steve Davis\">Steve Davis</a>. They always go above and beyond to help me, and their endless support is indescribable.   </span></p>\r\n<h2 class=\"xmsolistparagraph\"><span>What would you tell prospective students about WVU and the School of Public Health?</span></h2>\r\n<p class=\"xmsolistparagraph\"><span>The faculty and staff are AMAZING! The classes are so interesting. And you are right where you need to be! You’ll love it! </span></p>\r\n<h2 class=\"xmsolistparagraph\"><span data-contrast=\"none\">What are some unique or interesting experiences you’ve had during your time at WVU?</span><span data-ccp-props=\"{}\"> </span></h2>\r\n<p><span data-ccp-props=\"{}\"><span class=\"TextRun SCXW161043324 BCX0\" data-contrast=\"auto\"><span class=\"NormalTextRun SCXW161043324 BCX0\">I got to be a part of the Monongalia Quick Response Team and hand out Narcan Kits during a Save </span><span class=\"NormalTextRun ContextualSpellingAndGrammarErrorV2Themed SCXW161043324 BCX0\">A</span><span class=\"NormalTextRun SCXW161043324 BCX0\"> </span><span class=\"NormalTextRun ContextualSpellingAndGrammarErrorV2Themed SCXW161043324 BCX0\">Life day</span><span class=\"NormalTextRun SCXW161043324 BCX0\">. I really enjoyed that </span><span class=\"NormalTextRun ContextualSpellingAndGrammarErrorV2Themed SCXW161043324 BCX0\">experience!</span><span class=\"NormalTextRun SCXW161043324 BCX0\"> </span></span><span class=\"EOP SCXW161043324 BCX0\" data-ccp-props=\"{}\"> </span></span></p>\r\n<h2><span data-contrast=\"none\">Tell us about your field placement and capstone experience. </span><span data-ccp-props=\"{}\"> </span></h2>\r\n<p><span data-contrast=\"auto\">For my field placement, I was in the Quality Department at Mon Health Medical Center.  I observed Janet Crigler, the infection preventionist, and helped with COVID-19 positive case reporting, hand hygiene observation and data recording, a surgical site infection precautions project, and was involved with many more eye-opening experiences. I loved every aspect of my field placement, and it really got me excited for my future career in healthcare! </span></p>\r\n<h2><span data-contrast=\"none\">What are your post-graduation plans? What is your ultimate career goal? </span><span data-ccp-props=\"{}\"> </span></h2>\r\n<p><span data-contrast=\"auto\">I will be attending the University of South Carolina's Arnold School of Public Health, where I will obtain a master's degree in healthcare administration. </span><span data-contrast=\"auto\">My ultimate career goal is to become a CEO or upper level executive at a nationally-ranked hospital! </span><span data-ccp-props=\"{}\"> </span></p>\r\n<h2><span data-contrast=\"none\">What will you always remember from your time at WVU?</span><span data-ccp-props=\"{}\"> </span></h2>\r\n<p><span data-contrast=\"auto\">One thing I will always remember from my time at WVU is the close knit connection that you have with your peers and the faculty within the school. It is such a welcoming environment that you always feel comfortable in any setting within the School of Public Health!</span><span data-ccp-props=\"{}\"> </span></p>\r\n<h2><span data-contrast=\"none\">What do you think is the best tradition at WVU?</span><span data-ccp-props=\"{}\"> </span></h2>\r\n<p><span data-contrast=\"auto\">Football games and singing Country Roads when the teams win!! </span><span data-ccp-props=\"{}\"> </span></p>\r\n<h2><span data-contrast=\"none\">Why should someone choose WVU to study public health?</span><span data-ccp-props=\"{}\"> </span></h2>\r\n<p><span data-contrast=\"auto\">You will not regret your decision. The networking and education opportunities are indescribable!</span></p>\r\n<h2><span data-contrast=\"none\">What are you looking forward to most after graduation?</span><span data-ccp-props=\"{}\"> </span></h2>\r\n<p><span data-contrast=\"auto\">Going onto the next chapter of my life and my educational career.</span></p>\r\n<h2><span data-contrast=\"none\">Is there something people would be surprised to learn about you?</span><span data-ccp-props=\"{}\"> </span></h2>\r\n<p><span data-contrast=\"auto\">I was a competitive dancer for 17 years of my life, and I am also really into healing crystals! </span><span data-ccp-props=\"{}\"> </span></p>\r\n<h2 class=\"xmsolistparagraph\"><span>What advice would you give to your freshman self?</span></h2>\r\n<p class=\"xmsolistparagraph\"><span>Soak it all in! Get yourself involved and don’t be afraid to ask questions. Get connected with your professors; they are truly there to help you.</span></p>"}
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Haley Feldmeier

Bachelor of Science (BS) in Health Services Management and Leadership
School of Public Health

Public health is the pathway that allowed me to get myself involved in the wonderful and ever changing world of healthcare.

What does public health mean to you?

Public health is the pathway that allowed me to get myself involved in the wonderful and ever changing world of healthcare. I have always had a passion for helping my community and the world around me. My field of study has fulfilled my dreams of giving those who are in need of help a positive and accessible experience with healthcare. 

Why did you choose to study public health at WVU?

I chose to study public health at WVU because it was still close to home, while also being just far enough away. I also loved the education that was being offered and the opportunities throughout the School.

Have you had any faculty members who have made an impact on you while at WVU?

I have had such wonderful experiences with all the staff at the School of Public Health, but if I had to pick out a few I would have to say Sarah Opatz, Sarah Woodrum, Scot McIntosh, Emily Zier, and Steve Davis. They always go above and beyond to help me, and their endless support is indescribable.  

What would you tell prospective students about WVU and the School of Public Health?

The faculty and staff are AMAZING! The classes are so interesting. And you are right where you need to be! You’ll love it!

What are some unique or interesting experiences you’ve had during your time at WVU? 

I got to be a part of the Monongalia Quick Response Team and hand out Narcan Kits during a Save A Life day. I really enjoyed that experience!  

Tell us about your field placement and capstone experience.  

For my field placement, I was in the Quality Department at Mon Health Medical Center.  I observed Janet Crigler, the infection preventionist, and helped with COVID-19 positive case reporting, hand hygiene observation and data recording, a surgical site infection precautions project, and was involved with many more eye-opening experiences. I loved every aspect of my field placement, and it really got me excited for my future career in healthcare! 

What are your post-graduation plans? What is your ultimate career goal?  

I will be attending the University of South Carolina's Arnold School of Public Health, where I will obtain a master's degree in healthcare administration. My ultimate career goal is to become a CEO or upper level executive at a nationally-ranked hospital!  

What will you always remember from your time at WVU? 

One thing I will always remember from my time at WVU is the close knit connection that you have with your peers and the faculty within the school. It is such a welcoming environment that you always feel comfortable in any setting within the School of Public Health! 

What do you think is the best tradition at WVU? 

Football games and singing Country Roads when the teams win!!  

Why should someone choose WVU to study public health? 

You will not regret your decision. The networking and education opportunities are indescribable!

What are you looking forward to most after graduation? 

Going onto the next chapter of my life and my educational career.

Is there something people would be surprised to learn about you? 

I was a competitive dancer for 17 years of my life, and I am also really into healing crystals!  

What advice would you give to your freshman self?

Soak it all in! Get yourself involved and don’t be afraid to ask questions. Get connected with your professors; they are truly there to help you.

Let’s go.