The Battle in Our Backyard: Our Local Health Department Works to Defeat COVID-19

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Local health departments all over the world are a frontline defense against the novel coronavirus during the current pandemic. Unlike hospitals, they don’t treat patients. Instead, they track the virus, help sick people find treatment, safe places to quarantine, and even food when needed, and do all they can to keep COVID-19 from spreading.

The Washtenaw County Health Department (Ann Arbor and the University of Michigan  are in Washtenaw county) is no exception. We wanted to take a look at the Department’s day-to-day battle against the virus, and find out more about what the pandemic has looked like in the county since the very beginning.


Listen to "The Battle in Our Backyard: Our Local Health Department Works to Defeat COVID-19 8.14.20" on Spreaker.

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In This Episode

Laura Bauman, MPH, RN

Epidemiology Program Manager, Washtenaw County Health Department

Laura Bauman has served as the Epidemiology Program Manager at the Washtenaw County Health Department for over twenty years. She is also a registered nurse and worked as a public health nurse for six years. She graduated from the University of Michigan School of Public Health in 1999, with an MPH in Epidemiology and International Health.

Nicholas Dolnicek

MPH student, Department of Epidemiology, University of Michigan School of Public Health


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