Leader of Virginia’s public health response to COVID-19 to speak Wednesday

Jeannine Uzel MSN ’18* is the director of public health nursing at the Virginia Department of Health. She will give a lecture as part of the Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) Suter Science Seminar series on Wednesday, September 23, at 4:15 p.m. The seminars are free to the public. 

Follow this link to access the Facebook live-stream on the Eastern Mennonite University Facebook page.

Zoom webinar links, which allow access to Q & A, will be available to the campus community on the EMU Zoom calendar at https://my.emu.edu/ICS/Calendar/. (Log into MyEMU to access this calendar.)

Uzel will speak on “Leading public health nurses during a pandemic,” detailing her experiences in the fight against COVID-19 in the midst of social and civil unrest. She brings a first-hand account of the challenges and successes that she and her colleagues in the Virginia Department of Health have faced throughout the pandemic.

Uzel earned her MSN in nursing leadership from EMU in 2018. She became the director of public health nursing in 2017, bringing with her more than 30 years of nursing experience, including in intensive care units, hospice, school, university, and acute care psychiatric settings. She’s served everywhere from rural settings in the Chickahominy Health District to urban and suburban areas around Richmond. 

The next seminar is on the topic of “Genetics of mental illness: unique insights from studies of Amish and Mennonite communities,” to be given by Dr. Francis J. McMahon on October 14.

The seminars are made possible by the sponsorship of the Daniel B. Suter Endowment in Biology and the co-sponsorship of supporting programs. Named in honor of long-time EMU biology professor, Daniel B. Suter (1920-2006), the Endowment in Biology was established in 1986 through the generous donations of alumni and friends and currently consists of over $1 million of invested funds. EMU hopes to double the Suter Endowment in order to more adequately support distinguished faculty and to increase scholarship aid to deserving students.

*The speaker is not being compensated for this presentation.