AMA is the abbreviation for "Ask Me Anything," a term commonly used on the Reddit website to indicate a Q&A forum. For this AMA, the Ada SAFE 2020 group asked several local experts to answer questions submitted by community members in regards to COVID-19, masks, etc.
Ada SAFE 2020 pooled our knowledge of individuals in this community, or nearby communities, who are experts in their field. Which MDs/PhDs, pediatricians, epidemiologists, psychologists, infectious disease specialist (i.e. Board Certified Infectious Diseases Pharmacist), etc could we contact to see if they would be willing to field questions about COVID-19? We knew that the specifics about who we would wind up asking for answers would depend on the questions submitted, so the list of experts was not set in stone prior to the event. The individuals we identified as experts are considered such because they practice and research in the associated field and are accredited by their disciplines.
Ross Kauffman, PhD, is an Assistant Professor and Director of Public Health at Ohio Northern University. He received a Master of Public Health in Epidemiology as well as a PhD in Public Health, specializing in Epidemiology with a minor in Criminology, from The Ohio State University. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Training in Research for Behavioral Oncology and Cancer Control Program at the Indiana University School of Nursing.
Ann Johnson, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Ohio Northern University and received her training in clinical psychology. Prior to joining the faculty at ONU, she completed a clinical internship providing treatment to youth at Boys Town in Omaha, NE, and graduate training at the University of Notre Dame. Her area of research specialization is in clinical child psychology with an emphasis on understanding the role of cognitive impairments in youth mental health.
Anna Kauffman, MD, is a physician in Family Medicine and practices in Bluffton, Ohio. She received her MD from Yale University School of Medicine and completed a residency in family medicine at the VCU Shenandoah Valley Family Practice Residency Program.
Karen Kier is a registered pharmacist with a PhD in Preventive Medicine from The Ohio State University. She did advanced residency training in drug information at University of North Carolina. Karen serves as a Professor of Pharmacy Practice at Ohio Northern University and is the Director of Drug and Health Information. She serves as an ambulatory preventive care specialist for the ONU HealthWise team.
Jamie Hunsicker, DNP, RN, is an Assistant Professor of Nursing at Ohio Northern University and a member of the Kenton-Hardin Health Department's Board of Health. She received a MS in School Counseling from Butler University and a BSN and MSN in Nurse Education from South University. She also completed a Doctorate of Nursing Practice at Case Western Reserve University's Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing.