William Fritch, RN
Will Fritch’s career started when he left his native Torrington, CT to study electrical engineering on a scholarship to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI).
“I grew up in a family full of nurses and hearing how evidence- and science-based nursing has become convinced me to go into nursing.”
He remembers working as a pharmacy technician and enjoying that. So, he transferred to Central Connecticut State College where he earned his bachelor’s degree in nursing.
At Central Connecticut, his community clinical rotations confirmed his interest in public health.
“I volunteered with groups that provided services to the homeless in New Britain, CT.”
After graduation, Will attended the Summer Public Health Scholars Program at Columbia University in New York, a certificate program sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). He spent his first week at CDC headquarters in Atlanta. He saw and applied for the job with the Vermont Health Department in Springfield where he has particularly enjoyed being the Springfield office designee for epidemiology. He receives reportable disease notifications in the Springfield district and investigates each incident.
“We do a lot of work with community partners so I get to be part of the community; in our programs we meet people where they are, get to know them, see where they live and work, so we have a total picture, which you don’t always see in a medical setting.”
“I really like this job and I think I knew going into it that I would.”
His advice for those considering a career in public health?
“Keep an open mind because you work on many different programs and be prepared to learn a lot of new things and develop new skills.”