Even though the work she and her team have been doing is difficult, Mallar said she feels fulfilled in playing a part in keeping the local community informed.
“The most rewarding part is just being able to play a role in not only keeping the community safe but providing that comfort and reassurance and resource to people who are just scared, and not really sure which direction to go next,” Mallar said.
Mallar said she is extremely thankful to be honored with this award for the behind-the-scenes work she has been doing over the last year.
“When you think of essential workers, your head readily goes to words like tactical frontline, certainly the nurses, but also everybody in nutrition and dining and housekeeping and those folks who have gone into work every day and not hesitated to do their part to take care of people,” Mallar said. “It's nice to be recognized too. There's a lot that happened behind the scenes that's critical to the operations in the public health crisis.”
Mallar said her time at Ithaca College reinforced her desire to work in the public health field and stay in the Ithaca area that she fell in love with.
“It really was my experience with the college that ended up drawing me to this community,” Mallar said. “I already had an interest in healthcare, certainly the public health end of things, and it was reinforced by the experiences that the college and my professors gave me.”
When accepting her award, Mallar praised the rest of the local healthcare community for the work they all have been doing to assist the community during the public health crisis.
“2020 has presented so many challenges to our public health system, and I just feel so fortunate to be a part of a community and organization that does something because it is the right thing to do,” Mallar said.