MSK Nurse Practitioner Fights Measles Outbreak

Measles is at its highest levels in the United States in more than 25 years. One MSK employee has made headlines for her work spreading accurate information about disease prevention within the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community, the center of the New York outbreak.

Dr. Blima Marcus, DNP, is a nurse practitioner at MSK and a member of the Orthodox Jewish community. Recent Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and Gothamist articles highlight her work countering misinformation about vaccines. She has organized workshops in homes, presenting accurate science in a non-judgmental way, and has trained others to lead the sessions.

With the Orthodox Jewish Nurses Association and the newly founded organization, Engaging in Medical Education with Sensitivity, she developed and distributed a document that refutes the claims made by an anti-vaccination pamphlet being sent to families in the ultra-Orthodox community. About 10,000 copies of her pamphlet have already been distributed, with New York’s Health Department requesting 29,000 more.