Global Health Chronicles

Valerie Bampoe

David J. Sencer CDC Museum, Global Health Chronicles

 

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1:40 - Youth in Ghana

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Partial Transcript: Can I ask when and where you were born?

Keywords: belief; busy; careers; childhood; children; climate; college; employment; hospitals; illness; parents; population; poverty; religion; rural; school; surveyors; traffic; university; urban; weather; West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE); youth

Subjects: Accra (Ghana); Christianity; Ghana; Ghana. Statistical Service; Islam; Malaria; Sierra Leone

15:01 - Coming to the United States/Customer service jobs/Public health school

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Partial Transcript: This was between 1997 and then 2000, the year 2000.

Keywords: aunts; career; conflict resolution; customer service; Diversity Immigrant Visa program; family; friends; global health; HIV; immigration; K. Jacobsen; law; lottery; master of public health (MPH); migration; money; public health; shoes

Subjects: George Mason University; HIV (Viruses)--United States; Inova Health System (Va.); Maryland; Nordstrom (Firm); Northern Virginia Community College; Virginia

28:07 - Graduate practicum

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Partial Transcript: Did you have a thesis that you had to put together?

Keywords: interviewing; interviews; mother-to-child transmission; stigma; WHO

Subjects: Accra (Ghana); Ghana; Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria; HIV (Viruses); Kumasi (Ghana); Virginia; World Health Organization

33:10 - Public Health Prevention Service Fellowship at CDC

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Partial Transcript: What happens after George Mason?

Keywords: A. Johnson; applications; encouragement; evaluation; friendship; grants; HIV; interviewing; interviews; NCEZID; PrEP; prevention; Public Health Prevention Service (PHPS); STDs; USAJobs; water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH)

Subjects: Emory University; National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (U.S.); New York; Sexually transmitted diseases; Westchester County (N.Y.); Zambia

46:44 - Joining CDC’s Ebola response, 2015

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Partial Transcript: It was a fantastic two-year experience, and while I was there is when Ebola struck.

Keywords: R. Recchia; T. Petro

Subjects: Africa, West; CDC Emergency Operations Center; Guinea; Liberia; New York; Sierra Leone

50:24 - Lessons learned during career, pre-Ebola

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Partial Transcript: I have a couple of questions, a few things.

Keywords: A. Johnson; A. O’Connor; bosses; communication; conflict resolution; evaluation; implementation; J. Brunkard; L. Sanders; leadership; M. Scott; mentors; Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MOHS); PhD programs; program design; S. Clark; S. Cucchi; shoes; stakeholders; tools; water

Subjects: Nordstrom (Firm); Westchester County (N.Y.)

60:11 - Ebola deployment in CDC’s Emergency Operations Center

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Partial Transcript: You said, I think, it was April 2015 that you came to the EOC and worked here for forty-five days.

Keywords: anxiety; CIOs; D. Jernigan; deployers; EOCs; extending; K. Gallagher; negotiations; O. Morgan; panels; questions; recruiting; sacrifice; staffing; T. Frieden; worries

Subjects: CDC Emergency Operations Center; Morbidity and mortality weekly report. Recommendations and reports

70:19 - Expectations for a field deployment

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Partial Transcript: As you’re going through this, you must have been learning a lot about what it meant to go out into the field and actually do this work.

Keywords: difficulty; flexibility; hardship; jobs; R. Recchia; T. Petro; turnaround

Subjects: Ghana; Liberia; Sierra Leone

74:14 - Managing family’s reaction to West Africa deployment

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Partial Transcript: Then, the family. I thought that because I was from West Africa and it would be neighboring Sierra Leone

Keywords: danger; faith; fear; parents; public health; religion; safety; stigma

Subjects: Africa, West; Christianity

77:02 - Leaving for Sierra Leone

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Partial Transcript: Then I got ready to go, and I had to come back to Atlanta

Keywords: equipment; J. Redd; luggage; training

Subjects: Kambia (Sierra Leone : District)

79:32 - Beginning work in Freetown, Sierra Leone/Becoming a team lead

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Partial Transcript: How do things start out working in Freetown?

Keywords: active case finding; community trust; District Ebola Response Centers (DERCs); door-to-door; EIS; field epidemiology; house calls; J. Redd; K. McGinnis Pilote; leadership; Magazine Wharf; meetings; Public Health Prevention Service (PHPS); reporting; safety; team leads; transmission; travel; visits; Western Area; WHO; work conditions

Subjects: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S.). Epidemic Intelligence Service; Freetown (Sierra Leone); World Health Organization

87:56 - Working within the District Ebola Response Center, Western Area

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Partial Transcript: Within, I think, four days or a week of being there, I had switched over to epi team lead and Kara left, so I had to do all of that.

Keywords: District Ebola Response Centers (DERCs); J. Redd; Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MOHS); partners; stakeholders; survivors; trainings

89:39 - Work with burial teams

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Partial Transcript: I forgot one part. There was a field epi team that was responsible for

Keywords: Burials; disinfecting; district surveillance officers (DSOs); infection prevention and control (IPC); personal protective equipment (PPE); S. Bennett; S. Schill; safety

92:50 - Further defining DERC work: supportive supervision

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Partial Transcript: For the household-to-household, I did that exclusively I think for about—so I started on Tuesday, maybe by Saturday that had changed and I was shadowing Kara

Keywords: community resistance; district surveillance officers (DSOs); expression; interviewing; interviews; languages; Magazine Wharf; surveys; team leads; technical assistance; Western Area Rural

97:58 - Community resistance to public health efforts/Logistical challenges in epidemiology and quarantine

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Partial Transcript: Magazine Wharf, there were two instances where I was like, why am I here?

Keywords: burials; community resistance; Magazine wharf; military; MSF; quarantine; R. Parham; Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces (RSLAF); safety; security; supplies

Subjects: Guinea; Médecins sans frontières (Association); transmission; volunteer quarantine facilities (VQFs)

108:46 - Description of individuals with whom Valerie worked

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Partial Transcript: Who were some of the people you were working most closely with at that time?

Keywords: A. Thompson; C. Keimbe; D. Jarrett; E. Schill; emotional support; epidemiology; hours; infection prevention and control (IPC); intensity; J. Bangura; J. Jacobs; K. McGinnis Pilote; laboratory work; Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MOHS); N. Johnson; Public Health Associate Program (PHAP); reporting; S. Guice; social support; T. Humbert-Rico; T. McNeilly; work conditions

114:46 - Training contact tracers

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Partial Transcript: You said that toward the end of that period you started training some contact tracers, that kind of thing.

Keywords: A. Singh; C. Keimbe; case investigation forms (CIFs); complacency; contact tracers; district surveillance officers (DSOs); E. Schill; illness onset; interviewing; interviews; J. Bangura; prompting; questions; role playing; sensitization

120:37 - A new case emerges in Magazine Wharf

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Partial Transcript: On the third day, which was day eighteen, we were

Keywords: A. Singh; breastfeeding; chains of transmission; clusters; contact tracers; families; J. Bangura; M. Karwowski; Magazine Wharf; maternal-to-child transmission; Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MOHS); trainings; Western Area; WHO

Subjects: World Health Organization

129:14 - Work since responding to Ebola in 2015

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Partial Transcript: Did you go back in between that time to Sierra Leone and the time when I met you over there?

Keywords: B. Gleason; career; changes; data; Division of Foodborne, Waterborne and Environmental Diseases (DFWED); enteric diseases; Field Epidemiology Training Program (FETP); funding; Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA); mentors; mentorship; Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MOHS); money; partners; T. Singh; technical assistance

Subjects: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S.). Epidemic Intelligence Service; Cholera; Kambia (Sierra Leone : District); National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (U.S.)

137:23 - Reflecting upon Ebola response experience

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Partial Transcript: I just have some overall questions regarding Ebola.

Keywords: beliefs; care; career; epidemiology; faith; family; field epidemiology; illness; J. Jacobs; K. McGinnis Pilote; meetings; public health; religion; skills; stress; teamwork; touch; Z. Cooper

Subjects: Sierra Leone