Annah DeLong graduates from the licensed practical nursing program at the Susquehanna County Career and Technology Center next week in the midst of a global pandemic.
This made participating in a virtual meeting with Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine especially enlightening.
“I’ll be out there soon, and just to see that there are still people, especially in the healthcare field, that hold themselves to such a high standard and really are ready to take on something like a global pandemic the way that she has, it’s incredible,” DeLong said.
The 30-minute virtual meeting with Dr. Levine on May 30 was part of Gov. Tom Wolf’s Schools That Teach Tour.
Along with DeLong, an adult LPN student, the meeting saw participation from high school students at the SCCTC in the healthcare technology program.
“The COVID-19 pandemic is a new threat that we are learning more about each day,” Levine said in a news release. “As we continue to find more information about this virus, it is imperative that we provide updates regularly, whether it be to the public or to classrooms of future healthcare professionals. It is essential that we have these conversations so we can continue protecting the health of Pennsylvanians for generations to come.”
SCCTC students asked Levine questions about the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as her career in healthcare.
DeLong has been following Levine throughout the pandemic and views her as a role model.
Aside from being “incredibly intelligent,” she admires the way Levine carries herself and reacts to hateful remarks, especially regarding her gender identity.
SCCTC Executive Director Dr. Alice Davis and healthcare instructor Darlene Drake also joined the virtual meeting with Dr. Levine. Davis said it was an honor for the SCCTC to be selected and called it a valuable experience.
“Our students asked very good questions,” she said. “We were excited, the students were excited, and they did an amazing job.”