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COVID Courage: Health Care Heroes


Lauren Leander is an ICU nurse at the Banner University Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona, who took care of the most critically ill patients in Phoenix and stood with colleagues in a counterprotest of stay-at-home-orders in the early days of the pandemic. As director of the Ohio State Health Department, Dr. Amy Action boldly proposed an aggressive shelter-in-place order to slow the spread of COVID-19 and became the target of protestors and legislators who sought to limit her power. Both women never wavered in their work even when faced with public opposition. They are being honored with a special JFK Profile in COVID Courage Award for their selfless actions to help others during the pandemic.


Episode 6

Season 6

by JFK Library Foundation