2 generations will be represented at national health event
When the 141st annual meeting of the American Public Health Association convenes in Boston Nov. 2, a Nevada City native son will help moderate a featured panel discussion, and his grandmother’s donation of a watercolor painting for a silent auction will help support the Washington, D.C.-based APHA — founded in 1872 and the oldest non-partisan, nonprofit organization of public health professionals in the world.
Jacob Kopp, son of Dave and Elaine Kopp of Nevada City, attended local schools and graduated from Sierra Mountain Independent Study in 2001. He later completed work at the Sierra College Fire Academy and became a volunteer firefighter with the 49er Fire District. It was during his time with the 49er department that Kopp was first exposed to emergency medical care.
In 2003, Kopp joined the Army, graduated from airborne school, became an Army Ranger Special Operations Combat Medic and deployed to both Iraq and Afghanistan.
Returning home as a senior medic in the Army Reserves, Kopp re-enrolled at Sierra College, then attended UCLA, where he completed his degree in biology. In 2010, he earned his masters in epidemiology from Columbia University and is currently attending medical school at Ross University in Saginaw, Mich., with a focus on medical research and disaster preparedness.
At the upcoming APHA conference, Kopp will co-moderate a panel with Dr. Umair Shah, executive director at Harris County Public Health & Environmental Services in Houston. Their panel discussion — titled “Terror at the Finish Line” — will center on the medical implications of the recent Boston Marathon bombings and include as panelists James Hooley, department chief of Boston Emergency Medical Services, and Dr. Barbara Ferrer, director of the Boston Public Health Commission.
Kopp’s grandmother is noted Nevada City artist, poet and teacher Margie Kopp, a fixture in local art circles for decades. She works in oils, watercolors, acrylics and other media and is helping the nonprofit APHA organization by donating one of her watercolors to a silent auction for the end of the five-day annual meeting in Boston.
For nearly 60 years, Margie Kopp has captured Nevada County and the Sierra foothills from work in the field and at her Blue Door Studio in Nevada City. She chose a watercolor featuring a pastoral Sierra Nevada lake to donate to the APHA silent auction.
Following the Boston conference, Kopp will return to his studies at Ross University School of Medicine, completing a clinical rotation at Central Michigan University in Saginaw.
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