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For Chanell Dudley in recent years she often saw parents and families in a time of high anxiety as she helped perform newborn hearing screenings on NICU babies in Kansas City area hospitals.
The experiences taught her a lot about doing her best to help those in the midst of uncertainty and stress, and they also motivated her to seek the next step in her career.
She started on Oct. 15 as a Certified Medical Assistant in the Health Department's clinic
"When you are doing one specific job, I know I was giving back to the parents, but it also felt like it wasn't enough," Chanell said. "So here I felt like I could do more to help more people live healthier lives."
She grew up in Topeka and earned her CMA certification in Kansas. Chanell now lives in Lawrence and is glad to be working in Douglas County.
As she has begun working in the clinic, Chanell said she is most excited about clients and helping improve their health outcomes through assisting with nursing clinic services, the STI clinic and the women's health clinic.
"We're so happy to have Chanell here. She has really hit the ground running working in the family planning clinic and has proven to be a quick study at the front desk as well," said Clinic Office Manager Brittanie Sinisgalli. "I'm looking forward to having even more flexibility in the clinic improving our client's experience and getting them in and out even more efficiently, and I know Chanell will help us accomplish that."
Chanell said helping people in all those areas will still have an impact on improving the lives of families and children in Douglas County.
"I see it all as just giving back to the community," Chanell said, "and I am excited to be in a building where I can do that."