Lindsay Novacek

40 Under 40 Class of 2021

Oak Ridge, North Carolina

Public Health Nurse Consultant

North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services
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 The COVID-19 pandemic has shown us that now is the time to start planning for our next outbreak, and incarcerated people are at the highest risk of infection. Our public health infrastructure needs to reflect that we recognize this and are prepared to work with our correctional facilities as a priority, and not an afterthought.
Three words to describe me:
intuitive, compassionate, resolute
The best part of my job:
I think I used to think my favorite part about my job was patient teaching, but really it's establishing deeper connections with people. That's the moment where we teach each other.
Something that would surprise others about me:
That I'm actually an introvert! I can get fired up about topics I care about and can be a powerful speaker, but in my day-to-day I'm much more reserved.