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When Jasmine Garland says she “likes diseases,” she is quick to clarify what she means.
“I like the disease process and working to contain and control it,” she said on Oct. 15 her first day with the Health Department as a Disease Investigator Specialist with the Informatics Department.
Jasmine is currently studying nursing at Johnson County Community College, and she aspires to earn a master’s degree or a doctorate to become a nurse practitioner. In school, Jasmine’s favorite clinical rotation has been working with nurses who are handling infectious disease cases.
Her passion for caring for patients and helping contain infectious diseases attracted her to public health because the Health Department’s mission is to advance policies, practices and programs that promote health for all, prevent disease and protect the environment.
“I’m incredibly excited to have Jasmine here,” said Sonia Jordan, Director of Informatics. “Not only is she interested and excited to learn about infectious disease but she has demonstrated an ability to learn quickly and work hard.”
Jasmine grew up in Lawrence and lives here with her daughter and domestic partner. She graduated from Lawrence High School. She said she also gained inspiration to pursue public service from her older sister, Amilee Turner, a political science graduate student at the University of Kansas.
Jasmine is grateful for the opportunity to work in disease investigation, after working in geriatric care in Lawrence in recent years.
“I was looking to broaden my experience,” she said. “I just wanted to be involved in something on a much larger scale.”