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Local healthcare professionals to speak during COVID-19 Informational Session Sept. 1

By August 27, 2021Press Releases

CLEVELAND, Miss.—Local healthcare professionals will be on the campus of Delta State University to engage in an informational session about all things COVID-19.

Hosted by the Zeta Epsilon Sigma Regional Undergraduates of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., the COVID-19 Informational Session will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 1, in the Jobe Hall Auditorium.

The purpose of the free event is to educate Delta State students, faculty and staff on various aspects of COVID-19.

“There is an overload of information regarding COVID-19, and this event will provide the opportunity to learn information from reliable health care professionals who work with patients within the Delta,” said Synethia Mathews, president of Delta State’s Zeta Epsilon Sigma chapter.

This event will feature three guest speakers, including two Delta State alums.  Brenda Smalls, BSN-RN, MBA WCC received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2015 and her Master of Business Administration in 2017, both from Delta State University. Smalls is now the director of Infection Prevention and Control at the Greenwood Leflore Hospital, and the owner of Vigilant Wound Consultant.

William “Jeff” Hodnett, FNP received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Delta State in 2014 and completed a Master of Science in Nursing in 2018 from the Mississippi University for Women. Hodnett is now a family nurse practitioner at Express Care in Cleveland, Miss.

Neuaviska Stidhum, RN, BA received her Practical Nursing degree from Mississippi Delta Community College and obtained her RN license upon graduating from Baptist Health School of Nursing. She now serves as the director of Special Projects at the Delta Health Center in Mound Bayou, Miss. In addition, she serves as a councilwoman in Shelby, Miss.

“We want to have a successful year and be properly motivated and educated to make smart decisions in our everyday lives as it pertains to COVID-19”, said Marcie Bacchus, vice president of Delta State’s Zeta Epsilon Sigma chapter.

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