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I am working with the LA County Department of Public Health in their Vaccine Preventable Disease Control Program. Our department, the Immunization Coalition, works with community partners on improving vaccination coverage in LA. Currently, we are doing a study on the Immunization Policies and Practices at Community Based Adult Services Centers (CBAS). These centers serve aging adults and adults with disabilities. Before the pandemic, our study was looking at whether these centers, which serve about 22,000 adults in LA County, had policies for screening for vaccine preventable diseases in their participants or staff. Preliminary results have shown that there are very few that check for the recommended vaccinations - including influenza and pneumococcal disease which disproportionately affect our study population. Now that we are in the midst of a pandemic, knowing whether these centers are looking at the vaccination status is of even greater importance. When the analysis is complete, in the next two months, my team hopes to make policy recommendations to help increase this vaccination screening. Not only will this information be vital if/when there is a SARS-CoV-2 vaccine, it is also important for the continued care of the staff, participants, and family members who work with these CBAS centers.
On a personal note, working in a public health department during a pandemic has been both meaningful and frustrating. I am so grateful to be doing something to help, but I wish I could do more. I am so impressed with the calm urgency in how the Department of Public Health is helping with the pandemic, how they ramped up all their efforts and pivoted to working from home at all hours to analyze data, translate information, and educate the public. It is amazing to also see that none of their existing projects have fallen by the wayside, we still are still monitoring air quality, tracking food-borne illnesses, working on preteen vaccines, and tracking the flu. All my training at Benedictine University has prepared me well for this experience and I am ready to take the next step.
Date: December 04
Time: 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: 5700 College Road, BenU Parking Garage
Event Sponsor: Alumni Relations
Contact: JP Bradley firstname.lastname@example.org
Join us as we celebrate the magic of the season with alumni, friends and all members of the BenU Community! Guests will remain safely in your vehicles and “drive-thru” the BenU Lisle Campus parking garage turned holiday experience that will include Christmas carols, Ernie the Eagle (our mascot), and of course, Santa and Mrs. Claus! Before exiting, you will be welcome to participate in a special photo opportunity with Santa and friends!
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Phone: (630) 829-6077
I am so honored to join the Benedictine University Community. BenU owns such a rich history and a proud legacy of educating those in need for the greater good of humanity. I hope to serve all alumni in the same spirit of community fostered by the Benedictine Monks who, in 1887, founded what was then St. Procopius College, later grew to become IBC and has become the great institution we know as Benedictine University.
I invite you to get involved! Attend an alumni event, volunteer to be a mentor to current students or support Benedictine University scholarships or the mission fund. Whatever your method of support, the lasting impact on students’ lives is indeed priceless. I look forward to meeting or speaking to you, in one way or another, very soon.
God bless you all and God bless BenU!
Jon-Pierre (J.P.) Bradley
Location: Scholl Hall, 160 Lisle Campus 5700 College Rd. Lisle, IL 60532
Each year, the Office of Alumni Relations presents awards to some of the best and brightest members of the Benedictine University Alumni family. Learn more about the awards available and how to nominate an alumnus.
BARBARA (KOWALSKI) ZEDLER, M.D., earned her B.S. in biochemistry. She grew up in suburban Chicago and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Benedictine University in 1976 (B.S., Biochemistry). After earning her medical degree from Northwestern University in 1980, Zedler completed an internship and residency in internal medicine at the Medical College of Virginia (Richmond, VA) in 1984.
Board-certified in internal medicine, Zedler practiced clinical medicine in Richmond for 11 years followed by 21 years in research. As medical director of an independent clinical research center, she served as Principal or Co-Investigator on more than 150 FDAregulated clinical trials. Zedler helped establish the clinical research division at Philip Morris USA/Altria to conduct trials of alternative products developed to reduce the health risks of cigarette smoking, such as the first e-cigarette. In 2008 Zedler co-founded and served as Chief Medical Officer for a life sciences research consulting company, Venebio Group, LLC. Venebio provides a broad range of scientific research support to pharmaceutical, medical device, analytics and other companies, with a focus on personalized healthcare and translational medicine (expediting biomedical research discoveries to the bedside).
Since 2018 Barb is happily enjoying retired life in the Richmond area with her husband, Peter Zedler, M.D., a retired obstetriciangynecologist. They have three grown children and three grandchildren. Barb feels enormously blessed and grateful for a fulfilling career and life built on the bedrock foundation provided by family, her education at IBC/BenU, and faith in God.
"I am honored and humbled by Benedictine University’s recognition. I credit the rigor of my pre-med coursework and professors at IBC for honing a striver’s mentality that has served me well through all aspects of my life: self-discipline, perseverance, and rising to expectations. I hope the BenU quality education tradition continues for generations to come.”
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