Global Health Chronicles

Valerie Bampoe

David J. Sencer CDC Museum, Global Health Chronicles


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00:01:40 - Youth in Ghana

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

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

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

00:15:01 - 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: Diversity Immigrant Visa program; HIV; K. Jacobsen; aunts; career; conflict resolution; customer service; family; friends; global health; immigration; 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

00:28:07 - Graduate practicum

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

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

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

00:33:10 - Public Health Prevention Service Fellowship at CDC

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Partial Transcript: What happens after George Mason?

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

00:46:44 - 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

00:50:24 - 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; J. Brunkard; L. Sanders; M. Scott; Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MOHS); PhD programs; S. Clark; S. Cucchi; bosses; communication; conflict resolution; evaluation; implementation; leadership; mentors; program design; shoes; stakeholders; tools; water

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

01:00:11 - 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: CIOs; D. Jernigan; EOCs; K. Gallagher; O. Morgan; T. Frieden; anxiety; deployers; extending; negotiations; panels; questions; recruiting; sacrifice; staffing; worries

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

01:10:19 - 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: R. Recchia; T. Petro; difficulty; flexibility; hardship; jobs; turnaround

Subjects: Ghana; Liberia; Sierra Leone

01:14:14 - 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

01:17:02 - 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: J. Redd; equipment; luggage; training

Subjects: Kambia (Sierra Leone : District)

01:19:32 - 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: District Ebola Response Centers (DERCs); EIS; J. Redd; K. McGinnis Pilote; Magazine Wharf; Public Health Prevention Service (PHPS); WHO; Western Area; active case finding; community trust; door-to-door; field epidemiology; house calls; leadership; meetings; reporting; safety; team leads; transmission; travel; visits; work conditions

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

01:27:56 - 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

01:29:39 - 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; S. Bennett; S. Schill; disinfecting; district surveillance officers (DSOs); infection prevention and control (IPC); personal protective equipment (PPE); safety

01:32:50 - 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: Magazine Wharf; Western Area Rural; community resistance; district surveillance officers (DSOs); expression; interviewing; interviews; languages; surveys; team leads; technical assistance

01:37:58 - 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: MSF; Magazine wharf; R. Parham; Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces (RSLAF); burials; community resistance; military; quarantine; safety; security; supplies

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

01:48:46 - 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; J. Bangura; J. Jacobs; K. McGinnis Pilote; Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MOHS); N. Johnson; Public Health Associate Program (PHAP); S. Guice; T. Humbert-Rico; T. McNeilly; emotional support; epidemiology; hours; infection prevention and control (IPC); intensity; laboratory work; reporting; social support; work conditions

01:54:46 - 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; E. Schill; J. Bangura; case investigation forms (CIFs); complacency; contact tracers; district surveillance officers (DSOs); illness onset; interviewing; interviews; prompting; questions; role playing; sensitization

02:00:37 - 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; J. Bangura; M. Karwowski; Magazine Wharf; Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MOHS); WHO; Western Area; breastfeeding; chains of transmission; clusters; contact tracers; families; maternal-to-child transmission; trainings

Subjects: World Health Organization

02:09:14 - 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; Division of Foodborne, Waterborne and Environmental Diseases (DFWED); Field Epidemiology Training Program (FETP); Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA); Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MOHS); T. Singh; career; changes; data; enteric diseases; funding; mentors; mentorship; money; partners; 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.)

02:17:23 - Reflecting upon Ebola response experience

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

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

Subjects: Sierra Leone