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PHEC 069: Preparing Our Community for Upcoming Changes

In this episode, I give you a few tips in preparation for the changes that will take place very soon. There are a few things you want to do to make sure that you don’t miss out on anything!


PHEC 068: Review of the APHA 2018 Annual Meeting

In this episode, I share the key takeaways from the 2018 American Public Health Association’s (APHA) conference in San Diego. I had originally planned to just share my thoughts, but decided to reach out to other attendees and gather feedback from our community as well. So, I will first go through the collective feedback, then share five of my personal takeaways from the conference with you. There is so much more that I took away from the annual meeting, but I just focus on five for now. I...


PHEC 067: Interview with Dr. Toby Levin Journey into Public Health

This is a special APHA Epidemiology Section featured episode, with Toby Levin, PhD, MPH. Be sure to listen to the full episode, as Dr. Levin discusses her journey from into public health and her work as an epidemiologist in the county health department. She talks about lab work, academia, and so much more.


PHEC 066: Reviewing Assessing and Setting Goals for Next Year

In this episode, I talk about reviewing progress, assessing where you are, and setting career goals for next year. During the last quarter of every year, I begin the process of setting goals for the next year. This year, I thought it would be a good idea to share some of this with you all, and help you take advantage of this ideal time to conduct a self-evaluation and make some decisions about the new year for yourself regarding your career in public health.


PHEC 065: Why You Need to Get Involved with Public Health Associations

At the time this episode is published, I’m attending the American Public Health Associations annual meeting in San Diego CA, along with about 12,000 other attendees. Meeting in person with your peers and colleagues is a powerful experience and something that I encourage all of you to make a priority.


PHEC 064: Interview with Dr. Anthony Pothoulakis, Arteries in Harmony

Meet Dr. Anthony Pothoulakis, a cardiologist who is passionate about prevention. He strongly believes that we all have a serious job to do in defending the obesity-diabetes-artery disease epidemic. In order to reduce the rates of obesity and diabetes, we cannot rely only on doctors, nurses, hospitals, and universities. We must all work together, as a community, to fight against sugars and prolonged sitting and have a zero-tolerance policy for high blood pressure, high LDL, and smoking. He...


PHEC 063: Interview with Dr. Catherine Troisi Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Academia

This episode is a special featured episode for the APHA Epidemiology section. My special guest today is Dr. Cathy Troisi. She shares her journey into public health, including her rich experiences in the fields of infectious disease epidemiology and academia. She offers some advice and tips for students, recent graduates, and anyone interested in a career in public health.


PHEC 062: Tips for Attending the APHA Conference

Are you planning to attend the American Public Health Association’s (APHA) conference? I’ve reviewed some tips from a few schools of public health, and would like to share with you the tips that I believe will be the most helpful for anyone who is planning to attend the APHA’s annual meeting. All of these sources shared great tips, but I had to narrow things down to a select few to cover on this episode.


PHEC 061: Interview with Misozi Houston, Recent MPH Graduate with Powerful Leadership Qualities

Today I’m excited to introduce you to Misozi Houston, a program coordinator providing programs to reduce poverty and increase access to health education. She is a public health professional with a passion for community health that goes way back to her childhood. She has used her personal and professional experiences, across a diverse background including restaurant management and nursing, to transition into public health, demonstrating powerful leadership qualities that I truly admire! I...


PHEC 060: My New Public Health Promotion, For My Health Today

In this episode, I share with you a brand new public health promotion initiative that I’ve started, and explain why. This will be an excellent example of what I encourage all of you to do on almost every single episode of this podcast, and also an example of how I implement the strategies that I teach in my coaching program.


PHEC 059: Interview with Angela Arder About Her Public Health Career Strategy

I am happy to introduce you to Angela Arder, who was one of the early members of the Developing Your Public Health Career Strategy Program. She has a background in healthcare, hospital administration, and government customer service. She is educated, caring, and passionate about public health. However, life has often interrupted her career goals and plans….but has not stopped her. She said she didn’t realize that she needed a strategy, but just assumed things would fall into place and...


PHEC 058: Climate Change and Preparedness Efforts for Elderly Populations

Hurricane Florence recently hit the Carolinas, here in the United States, and caused devastating damages from high winds, flooding, and local tornadoes. For several days leading up to the storm, we all watched and waited as meteorologists tracked the storm system and kept us all informed. I live in South Carolina and I have family members and close friends throughout South Carolina, as well as North Carolina. We were all engaged in preparedness activities on some level. In this podcast...


PHEC 057: Avoiding Information Overload and Staying Focused

We have all experienced the paralyzing effect of information overload at some point, right? In this episode, I share tips for avoiding information overload and staying focused.


PHEC 056: Interview with Niya, Career Branding and the Importance of a Professional Resume

I’m very excited to introduce my guest on this episode, Niya Allen-Vatel, who is truly an expert in her field! She has been featured in Forbes, Glassdoor, Yahoo Finance, Big Interview, and xoNecole. She was gracious enough to come on the show and provide guidance and very insightful tips for everyone, and I appreciate her for being so generous. Niya is a 3x-certified résumé writer, career transition coach, and brand strategist helping ambitious leaders build their brands to boost...


PHEC 055: My Summer Travels, a Time for Family and Fun

Today we are going to do something a little different. As we wrap up the summer, I thought it would be a good time to share with you some of the fun stuff I did over the summer. You guys always hear me discussing strategies and work and goals, but I did spend a lot of time with my family over this past summer and I’d like to share some of that fun stories with you in this episode today.


PHEC 054: What can I do with my public health degree?

Today’s topic is inspired by a similar type of question that I’ve been asked quite a bit lately. As you know, whenever that happens, I think there are likely even more people with the same question so I tend to address the topic on a podcast episode. The questions are typically like this, “I have a masters’ degree in public health and also a bachelor’s degree in sociology; what can I do with that?” Or “What ideas do you have about potential jobs for me?” “What are your thoughts about that?”


PHEC 053: Interview with Karen Akins, International Quit Soda Day

Karen Akins joins me to discuss her passion-driven project, a documentary about the negative impact of sugary drinks among children in rural Mexico. The documentary is scheduled to be complete around spring/summer of 2019. We plan to have Karen come back to the show next year to discuss the film once its closer to the point of release, because there will be a great opportunity to participate in an educational health promotion campaign within your own local communities. In this episode, we...


PHEC 052: Milestone Officially Reached! Celebrating the 1st Year of the Podcast

Thank you to all members of this community and faithful listeners of the podcast. This is a major milestone and accomplishment that I’m very excited to reach. My goal for creating the podcast was to mentor and help those who were interested in public health careers, sharing tips and strategies for entering or transitioning into the field. I am proud to have accomplished that in this first year, and look forward to continuing to do more of the same in the episodes to come. In this episode, I...


PHEC 051: Five Surprise Benefits of My First Year of Podcasting

My goal for creating the podcast was to mentor and help those who were interested in public health careers, sharing tips and strategies for entering or transitioning into the field. I was focused on giving, and didn’t expect to receive so much in return. In this episode, I share five surprising benefits of my first year of podcasting.


PHEC 050: What's Holding You Back?

This episode is a bit different, and comes as a result of my reflection over this first year of podcasting. I’m asking several questions, even though I can’t hear your responses. The questions are really for your benefit, not mine. They will hopefully spark the kind of energy that will help you explore your thoughts and motives and perhaps lead you to discover a bit about your own public health career journey. I strongly encourage you to listen, and think about the questions and the message...