Meet the Covid Response Team

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Covid Response Team

Ismail Jazbhay Contact Tracer

Ismail Jazbhay

Ismail Jazbhay was previously working as a contact tracer at the Contra Costa County Department of Public Health. He also has experience working as a health screener/health coach and within orthopedic and surgical nursing in hospital settings. Ismail received his diploma in Environmental Health from the Durban Institute of Technology and his BSN from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. He was also trained as an Integrative Health Coach at Duke University.

More recently, Ismail received contact tracing training from John’s Hopkins Bloomsberg School of Public Health and participated in a COVID case investigation from UCLA. He has a clinical interest in communicable disease, holistic health promotion/disease prevention, and LGBTQ sexual health. Ismail loves to travel - he’s visited 13 countries thus far and has lived on three different continents.

Kristina Lapira Contact Tracer

Kristina Lapira

Kristina Lapira received her BS in Human Biology from UC San Diego. Prior to joining UHS, she was a lab manager at a UCSD neuroimaging lab. Kristina has a clinical interest in mental health, mindfulness meditation, and women’s health. She likes reading, listening to audiobooks, taking pictures of her cat, going to concerts, watching mind-numbing reality TV, and bullet journaling.

Shannon Peterson Contact Tracer

Shannon Peterson

Shannon Peterson recently earned her BS in Psychology with a specialization in human health and a minor in Global Health from UC San Diego. Prior to joining UHS, she was conducting COVID research and working at Sutter Health as a COVID screener. Shannon has a clinical interest in the impacts of food insecurity, COVID, and global health policies. She loves to hike, read, travel, and watch the SF Giants.

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Gravity Rosales

Gravity Rosales joined UHS in late 2021 as a contact tracer, having gained experience in this role while performing contact tracing at the Public Health Institute. Gravity hails from the East Coast, specifically Maryland near the DC area. In addition to Maryland, Gravity has family throughout the east, including Philadelphia, PA, and Tampa, FL.

In their free time, Gravity likes to cook, bake, and roller-skate.

Brandon Stroud

Brandon received his BS in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of South Carolina. And MS in Higher Education Administration from the University of Rochester. Brandon is also a Perinatal Yoga Instructor and currently training to become a Full Spectrum Doula.

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Janie Thao

Janie received her BS in Public Health from San Jose State University. 

Janie has 3 cats named Buddy, Bella, and Bean. She enjoys attending concerts and music festivals.

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