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Five KGI Women who are Making Innovative Contributions in the Fight Against COVID-19

In addition to the critical work that KGI alumni are doing through their employers in the biotech and healthcare industries, there are many individuals who are making innovative contributions in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. Here are five stories we are featuring. If you’d like to pass along another story that we should highlight, email us at social@kgi.edu.

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Anna Hickerson, Assistant Professor and Master of Science in Medical Device Engineering Program Director

Anna and her husband Kevin Peter Hickerson have teamed up to produce vacuum-formed 3D-printed masks for healthcare professionals during the PPE shortage. To learn more about the production process, visit their website.

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Nina Kar, PPC ’19, MBS ‘20

As a current student at KGI and founder of Student Scribes, Nina is volunteering her time to produce 3D-printed masks for healthcare professionals. She has delivered donations at many hospitals in the area and also visited Santa Ana Police Department recently.

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Christy Billock, Founding Program Director of the Entry-Level Occupational Therapy Doctorate

On April 3, Christy appeared on ABC7 in Los Angeles to share tips on coping with stress during the COVID-19 pandemic. She’s also recorded a webinar for local hospitals in how healthcare workers can better handle the stress of the current situation.

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Kathleen Dinh, PPC ‘17

While studying at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, KGI alumna Kathleen Dinh has been busy making masks with her mother. They’ve teamed up to donate those masks to hospitals in New York.

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Fatima Faisal, PPC ’18, MS ‘19

Fatima wrote a children’s book related to COVID-19. The book is titled “The Incredible Docs vs. Billy the Bad Virus” and it’s available on Amazon. She was featured on ABC in Syracuse, NY, and her book was mentioned in New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s statewide email regarding top books to read during the pandemic. All proceeds go directly to No Kid Hungry, a non-profit feeding children throughout America, and extra books are being donated to inner-city schools!