Brittany Baker’s passion for health promotion is apparent in her efforts to aid underserved communities in fighting the coronavirus.
Her interest in immunizations and health promotion inspired her to team up with NCCU’s Advanced Center for COVID-19 Related Disparities (ACCORD) cross-disciplinary initiative that works with underserved communities of color. Her goal was to examine the challenges faced by health care workers performing contact tracing and COVID-19 vaccination programs in nine North Carolina counties.
A total of 3,500 COVID-19 tests were performed and survey data from more than 1,500 participants has so far been compiled.
Her community efforts have built on existing relationships with stake holders and local health departments in the community by providing free COVID-19 testing and vaccinations.
“My motivation for the work I do stems from my desire to see everyone – despite differences in skin color, beliefs, or sexual identity – live their highest quality, healthiest life yet,” Baker said.
She strives to educate her students on the importance of healthy behaviors to promote positive patient outcomes.
“I have a deep passion to help shape positive values in my students, so that the progress we make today will have a lasting impact,” she adds.
As a faculty member in the Department of Nursing, she continues her efforts as a volunteer for the COVID-19 vaccine administration at NCCU’s COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic, as well as overseeing students working in the clinic.