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Dr. Emily Messerli is the Immunization Branch Manager in the Division of Epidemiology at the Kentucky Department for Public Health. She has held this leadership role since March 2020.  Prior to this she was an advanced practice provider at University Health Services and a Public Health nursing instructor in the College of Nursing at the University of Kentucky. She maintains her current clinical practice part-time at Baby Health Service in Lexington, and as a volunteer provider at the Mission Frankfort Clinic.

Messerli has almost 20 years of combined nursing, academic, research and public health experience. Her career has spanned the inpatient and outpatient settings in both pediatric and adult oncology, hospice and palliative care, clinical trials research, school-based health services, and baccalaureate nursing education. Her passion for vaccine preventable diseases began as a school nurse for the Lexington Fayette County Health Department. During her doctoral research at the University of Kentucky, she investigated barriers and facilitators to adolescent vaccination, focusing on the HPV cancer vaccine. Messerli’s current interests include advocacy for policy and systems changes to support increased immunization rates. She has collaborated with the American Cancer Society, the Kentucky Chapter of the AAP, the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky as well as the KY Primary Care Association. Most recently, she has collaborated with the University of Kentucky College of Public health to develop and operationalize a statewide survey assessing Kentuckians attitudes and beliefs regarding the COVID19 vaccine in development.

During the COVID19 pandemic response Messerli has served as an advisor to both the Healthy at School initiatives with Kentucky Department for Education as well as the Healthy at Work initiative with the Governor’s office.

Messerli lives in Lexington, KY, with her husband, three teenage children and her 7 year old rescue dog.