Michelle Corona

2018 cohort, University of Missouri
Michelle Corona, MS, BSN, RN, is interested in exploring community-based interventions which will mitigate antimicrobial resistant sexually transmitted diseases in rural young adults. As reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis are reaching record highs in the United States, and without timely and appropriate attention, these rates will progressively worsen. It is imperative that prevention measures continue to evolve to match the ever-changing threat of drug-resistant sexually transmitted diseases. The health of the nation, with particular focus on under-served populations, depends on innovative interventions.

Corona earned her Associate of Science in Nursing degree from Thomas Jefferson University in 2009, her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Drexel University in 2013, and her Master of Science in Biosecurity and Disaster Preparedness with a concentration in Infection Prevention from Saint Louis University in 2016.

Her clinical background was focused in critical care through various nursing positions in Pennsylvania and South Florida. Corona's interest in research was heightened when she had the opportunity to work as a Clinical Research Coordinator in pharmaceutical trials based in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Infectious diseases became a passion through her experience in critical care, and thus she pursued a professional path into public health, as a Communicable Disease Nurse for Chenango County Department of Health in Norwich, New York. It was there she was able to combine her enthusiasm for infectious diseases and education, and, from that, embarked on her PhD journey.

Corona lives in Plymouth, New York.