Sydnei Fox, PharmD, Assistant Professor of Clinical Sciences at the CHSU College of Pharmacy was recently accepted into the California Health Corps as an Emergency COVID-19 Health Care Responder.
As the California Health Corps opens more health care sites and demand for health care professionals increases, COVID-19 Health Care Responders like Dr. Fox will travel throughout California to treat people affected by COVID-19 as well as relieve the pressure on our health care system by providing care for non-COVID-19 cases.
Dr. Fox originally heard about this opportunity from colleague Dr. Rebecca Leon, Assistant Professor of Clinical Sciences, and knew she could contribute her time, skills and knowledge to help decease the burden on the health care system. Many of her family members work in health care and she knew how hard her hometown of Boston, MA was hit early in the pandemic. She wants to help prevent this in California.
“I think it is important for medical professionals to be willing to respond to medical disasters when the moment calls,” said Dr. Fox. “I was a pharmacy student volunteering at the Boston Marathon during the bombing. I watched runners cross the finish line and keep running straight to the hospital to donate blood. That mentality has stuck with me; when the going gets tough, keep running right to where you can help.”
Should she receive any deployment requests, Dr. Fox could travel anywhere in the state to provide medical services. To learn more about the California Health Corps, please visit https://covid19.ca.gov/healthcorps/