Episode 12

Healthcare Professionals Resiliency and Vaccine Hesitancy

Healthcare Professionals Resiliency and Vaccine Hesitancy

As the COVID-19 pandemic rages on, healthcare professionals across the nation continue to face extreme challenges as they battle on the frontlines. The mental and emotional toll this pandemic is taking on care providers is enormous. As such, the resiliency of healthcare professionals has come into focus. Organizations are striving to provide support for staff, and reduce the mental and emotional stressors associated with providing care during the pandemic. How can healthcare professionals more effectively deal with the everyday stressors they encounter? How can facilities prioritize the well-being and resiliency of healthcare professionals in the face of the ongoing pandemic? What strategies can healthcare professionals employ in their practice to best care for patients who may be experiencing vaccine hesitancy?

Join host Lauren Sauer, and special guests Jacinda Abdul-Mutakabbir, Precious Davis, and Dr. Jasmine Marcelin on this episode of Transmission Interrupted as they discuss topics surrounding healthcare professionals, resiliency and vaccine hesitancy through the lens of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Jacinda Abdul-Mutakabbir, PharmD, AAHIVP

Jacinda Abdul-Mutakabbir is an Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice at Loma Linda University. She recently completed her post-graduate fellowship training at the Anti-Infective Research Laboratory at Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, where she will also receive her MPH. She is a graduate of University of Saint Joseph School of Pharmacy and completed her PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency as well as her undergraduate studies at Howard University. Dr. Abdul-Mutakabbir’s research and practice interests include Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics of combination therapy in antimicrobial resistant infections, antimicrobial stewardship, and optimal care for people with HIV. In early 2020 she was recognized among the ECCMID “30 under 30” Outstanding Young Scientists in which she was quoted “as a minority woman researcher, I have worked ardently to promote the necessity of women of color in the research arena.” Dr. Abdul-Mutakabbir is an active member of AAHIVM, IDSA, and ASHP and was the chartering president of the Zeta Iota chapter of Kappa Psi at the University of St. Joseph. She joined SIDP as a trainee and looks forward to a long and successful career of practice, research and service in infectious diseases pharmacotherapy. 

Precious Davis, BSN, MSN

Precious Davis received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Nebraska Wesleyan University in 2015, and received her Masters of Science in Nursing Education from Western Governors University in Utah. She previously worked as a nurse at ENCOR/ENHSA managing the care of individuals with developmental disabilities and supervising nursing assistants and medication aides. Precious has worked as a case manager/staff nurse coordinating patient care for high-risk, complex patients at Nebraska Medicine, and recently started working as a nurse case manager at the Specialty Care Center in January 2017.

Jasmine Marcelin, MD

Dr. Marcelin is a Caribbean native born on the island of Dominica. She received her Bachelor of Science degree with a double major in Biology and Chemistry, and a Diploma in Forensic Science at St. Mary’s University in Halifax Nova Scotia. She then returned to her second home, Antigua & Barbuda, for medical school at American University of Antigua College of Medicine, after which she then completed Internal Medicine residency followed by Infectious Diseases fellowship at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. During her time at Mayo Clinic, she was a Chief Infectious Diseases Fellow, and founding Co-Chair of the Mayo Fellows’ Association Trainee Diversity & Inclusion Committee. Dr. Marcelin is a passionate advocate for diversity and inclusion, and is a founding member of the Infectious Diseases Society (IDSA) Inclusion, Diversity, Access & Equity Taskforce working towards creating a more diverse and inclusive Infectious Diseases specialty. She is also the Co-Director of Digital Innovation & Social Media Strategy for the Division of Infectious Diseases, and Vice-Chair of the IDSA Digital Strategy Advisory group, highlighting her influence and expertise in social media for healthcare professionals. Clinically Dr. Marcelin practices Infectious Diseases, and has a special interest in Antimicrobial Stewardship. As Associate Program Director, she is focused on resident scholarship, diversity and inclusion and wellness. Dr. Marcelin is married to Dr. Alberto Marcelin in the department of Family Medicine at UNMC, and they have two boys. Her interests outside medicine include reading, playing the piano, spending time with her family and all things “Hamilton: An American Musical”.


Lauren Sauer, MSc

Lauren is an Associate Professor in the College of Public Health, Department of Environmental, Agricultural, and Occupational Health, at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and Core Faculty of the UNMC Global Center for Health Security. She is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine in the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and the director of the Special Pathogens Research Network.

She previously served as Director of Operations for the Johns Hopkins Office of Critical Event Preparedness where she ran the inpatient COVID19 biobank and served on the COVID19 research steering committee for JHU. Lauren’s research focuses on human subjects research in bio-emergencies and disasters, in particular ethical implementation of research and navigating the regulatory environment. The goal of her research is to provide health care facilities with the tools needed to conduct a clinical and operational research response in emergencies. 


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