Amy Summers, BS
Project Manager, Office of Interprofessional Education
West Virginia University Health Sciences Center
A Project Manager with the Office of Interprofessional Education and the Administrative Research Coordinator for STEPS, Simulation Training and Education for Patient Safety at West Virginia University. She manages all programing for fifteen disciplines within the Health Sciences Center for IPE. She has an Associates in Applied Science in Medical Assisting and is experienced in working in trauma, general surgery, and surgical oncology and graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Project Management. Additionally, Amy has a background in quality and regulatory from ten years’ experience in the pharmaceutical industry.
Presenting at the Nexus Summit:
West Virginia is often recognized for being ranked LAST in many areas of health including obesity rates and smoking. This is in sharp contrast to the state's COVID-19 response efforts, as WV was recognized nationally and internationally for its leading vaccination rates. Part of this success was due to the WV Vaccine Administration, Collaboration, and Support (WV VACS) Team, a partnership between the WV National Guard (WVNG), the WV Department of Health and Human Resources (WVDHHR), and the WV Higher Education Policy Commission (WV HEPC). Faculty and students from various healthcare colleges…
The West Virginia Vaccine Administration, Collaboration, and Support Team: A Statewide Collaboration to Respond to the Pandemic
Background:The West Virginia Vaccine Administration, Collaboration, and Support (WV VACS) Team is a partnership between the WV National Guard (WVNG), the WV Department of Health and Human Resources (WVDHHR), and the WV Higher Education Policy Commission (WV HEPC) trains and deploys interprofessional teams of health sciences students to help with the COVID-19 vaccination efforts statewide. Students work with local health departments, hospitals, and community health partners. A grant was secured through the HEPC to fund this effort.Methods:A coordinator was hired to oversee the VACS program,…