Get to Know a Community Health Watch Team Member

Marlena

from North Carolina

Where did you grow up?

I grew up in rural Franklin County. My mom and dad were self-employed so sometimes I think about how this virus would have impacted their business if they were still working.

What do you do?

I work in Population Health Management Office as a physician liaison. I support Duke Connected Care practices and providers who have value based contracts meet their quality metrics and cost saving goals.

How has COVID-19 impacted you?

Luckily, I haven’t had anyone that I know personally who has the virus. As a nurse, I have many family and friends who are on the frontline caring for patients who have COVID-19 or at risk for exposure. I have a son who’s an essential employee so I’ve made sure he has masks and washes his hands. My youngest son ended his college semester early. There have been heartbreaking stories but many stories of community support and resilience.

What has been most challenging about this project?

The most challenging part is keeping up with information about this novel virus. In addition to access to our study physician leaders, I participate in many webinars and email lists that serve as great resources.

What has been your favorite part about this project?

By far, the greatest thing about this project is the human connection. Everyone has a story to share about how they may have been exposed or their respective risk factors. Sharing this experience has been wonderful.