COVID-19 Prompts 公共卫生 Student to Change Course

巴斯蒂尔 Student standing in front of APHA blue sign

As COVID-19 continues to sweep across the world, dual-degree public health and naturopathic medial (ND) student Ryan 菲利普斯 has felt called to respond.  

With the influx of COVID-19 patients now being treated in hospitals, personal protective equipment (PPE) manufacturers are scrambling to keep up with the demand for masks, face shields and gowns, among many other supplies. This need has meant that the majority of PPE in the U.S. has been heading to hospitals (and rightfully so). 然而, 作为一个结果, many other kinds of facilities have been left vulnerable to COVID-19; without the PPE they need, their staff risk spreading the virus, leading to more patients in hospitals.  


菲利普斯, recognizing this vulnerability, decided to build his Master of 公共卫生 practicum around solving this problem locally, rearranging his class schedule in order to complete his practicum now, rather than the summer.  "We need to focus more efforts at the bottom of the healthcare system so that we can decrease the number of patients who will end up needing a ventilator. Socially distancing is important... but essential workers at long term care facilities can't stay home. We need to protect them and their patients. This will help reduce the strain on the hospitals down the road,” said 菲利普斯.  

To complete the practicum portion of 巴斯蒂尔 University’s public health program, students must devote 200 hours to the project. 菲利普斯’s goal will be to create a database of all long-term care facilities in King and Snohomish Counties and separate them by category and level of PPE needs. This database will include long-term care facilities, 养老院, in-home caregivers and first responders, 举几个例子. 从那里, 菲利普斯 will recruit volunteers to call each of these facilities and detail requests of their PPE need. This information will then go to a contact at a large, Seattle-area tech entrepreneur, which has shifted many operations to the production and distribution of PPE.  

“公共 health is all about how you can do the most for the greatest number of people with the least. We want these efforts to hopefully trickle up and reduce the burden on hospitals,菲利普斯说:“. 

Database for Naturopathic Medicine Providers

In addition to juggling schoolwork for two programs and family life, 菲利普斯 has begun work on another COVID-19 project. His goal is to create a single location where users can find comprehensive information on the naturopathic medical community’s response to COVID-19. Users can access this database and browse links to volunteer opportunities, 最新的研究, and position papers from naturopathic organizations. The resource also includes local state websites and published research links from the Center for Disease Control. Sifting through the Internet to find resources can be daunting, and 菲利普斯 hopes to make things a bit easier for the ND community, because “We need unity during this time”. 

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to unfold, with information changing daily. Several 巴斯蒂尔 students like Ryan 菲利普斯 have stepped up to help flatten the curve, 分配资源, and have important conversations with those who can affect change.  

“The current pandemic is a stark example of how one person's health can affect billions. 公共 health interventions are the most efficient and effective means of ensuring that WE can be healthy together,菲利普斯说:“.  

For more information on UC8体育’s Master of 公共卫生 program, visit 巴斯蒂尔.edu/publichealth.