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PHEC 118: Interview with Nianest Maria Alers Barreto, MPH, Epidemiologist and Podcaster

My guest on this episode is Nianest Maria Alers Berreto, an epidemiologist and podcaster. Nianest is an infectious disease Epidemiologist focusing on vector-borne diseases. She received her bachelor’s degree in Biology with a concentration in biomedical sciences from the University of Puerto Rico, and her Masters of Public Health with a concentration in Epidemiology from the University of Texas Health Science Center School of Public Health. After receiving her masters, she completed a...


PHEC 117: Interview with Phelesia Foster, PhD, Epidemiologist and Health Coach

Dr. Phelesia Foster has a laboratory background as a chemist but currently works as a Safety & Occupational Health Specialist for the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). She is also a certified health coach and the founder of 4Ever Wellness. Dr. Foster is passionate about all things related to health and wellness. For the last 15 years, she has been reading, researching, and working with women in Cleveland, MS to promote wellness. She has a strong desire to meet families within...


PHEC 116: The Power of Collaboration: Navigating the Seasons of Women's Health

There is so much power in collaborating with colleagues. In this episode, I explain and exciting collaboration and take you behind the scenes and walk you through, from the very beginning ideas and vision. Listen now to hear the exciting full story!


PHEC 115: Interview with Vanessa Chilombo Da Costa, MPH, Global Epidemiologist and Entrepreneur

Vanessa Chilombo Da Costa is a Global Health Epidemiology Fellow at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in South Africa. She is also the founder of Chilombo Global Career Services, providing resume reviews and other related career services to recent public health graduates.


PHEC 114: Interview with Moaz Abdelwadoud, MD, DrPH, MPH, International Public Health Researcher

Today’s episode features Dr. Moaz Abeldelwadoud, who is a physician and researcher currently working as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Pharmaceutical Health Services Research Department at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy. He joins me to discuss his impressive international public health journey.


PHEC 113: Interview with Toby Yak, PhD, MPH, Substance Abuse Prevention Epidemiologist

Dr. Toby Yak is a professional epidemiologist with the Iowa Department of Public Health, Division of Behavioral Health. Learn about how his passion for the prevention of youth substance abuse and how the dangers of underage drinking inspired his journey.


PHEC 112: Interview with Harvey A. Kennedy, MPH, Sexual Health Education

In today’s episode I speak with Harvey A. Kennedy, who has extensive teaching and research experience in the area of Sexual Health and Behavior Modification. His work revolves around shedding light on important health disparities in Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities in the UK.


Attending a conference soon?

Tune into this bonus episode to hear two great stories and examples of networking experience from public health conferences! Will you be attending a conference soon? Take action!


PHEC 111: Interview with Amy Schlotthauer, MPH, President of AES Consulting Firm

In today’s episode I interview Amy Schlotthauer, President and Owner of AES Consulting firm. We talk about how Amy’s experience in public health building various skill-sets such as project management, grant writing, program evaluation, and data analysis allowed her to make the impact that she is making now.


Top 15 Public Health Podcasts

This is a great list and resource for public health podcasts. HINT: Our podcast is #2 on this list of Top 15 Public Health Podcasts!!


PHEC 110: Interview with Dielda Robertson, MPH, Infectious Disease Epidemiologist

Today’s guest is Dielda J Robertson, who has 28 years experience in public health. We discuss her extensive background where she served in viral Hepatitis prevention and coordination, Women’s Health and Prevention, and Bioterrorism Emergency Preparedness and Response, as well as several years as a Laboratory scientist.


PHEC 109: Interview with Dr. Makhabele Nolana Woolfork, Global Epidemiologist

Today I interview Dr. Makhabele Nolana Woolfork, an epidemiologist of over 10 years at the local, state, federal, and global levels. She is currently a PHI/CDC Global HIV Epidemiology Fellow within the CDC’s Division of Global HIV and Tuberculosis, Epidemiology and Surveillance Branch. She shares her experience, and gives tips to students and graduates on how to make advancements in their public health careers.


PHEC 108: Interview with Dr. Karen Mancera-Cuevas, Collaborative Research Scientist

In this episode, I am speaking with Dr. Karen Mancera-Cuevas on her experience in public health care as a researcher and practitioner. She talks about her current programs at Northwestern University and how her first job in high school led her to a career in Public Health. Listen to hear her priceless advice for future graduates on ways of obtaining a great position after college.


PHEC 107: Five Programs to Help You Boost Your Public Health Career

Are you looking to continue developing your career in the public health field? In this episode, I lay out the different programs that I’ve been working on to provide support for your journey in developing a career in public health.


Ready For a New Season

Summer is ending, students are starting or returning to schools and universities around the world. Listen to this episode for updates as we get ready to move into the new season of professional development. I'm asking everyone to share the podcast with at least one friend, classmate, or colleague within your public health network so that others can benefit from the podcast. Ask them to subscribe to the podcast.


PHEC 106: Student Research Experience, Katie Reget and James Schlitt

The American Public Health Association’s Epidemiology Section wanted to give students an opportunity to talk about their research on the podcast. Students who were interested in participating were asked to submit their research information and were selected based on their complete responses. Coming on the podcast to discuss their research gives students some experience in discussing their research. In this episode you’ll hear from our final two student members who were chosen to share...


PHEC 105: Take Action: Professional Networking in Public Health

This Episode: Links to everything I will discuss can be found in the show notes for this episode.


PHEC 104: Leveling Up: Professional Networking in Public Health

This episode... Officially marks 2 years of the podcast!! (YAY) Part 2 of 3 part episode series devoted to professional networking. If you haven’t listened to part 1 then be sure yougo back and listen to episode 103. I will be talking about Leveling up your professional networking- doing something different from what you’ve always done (maybe even a little outside of your comfort zone) to help you get better results. I’ll cover 5 reasons you should be networking, then share...


PHEC 103: Public Health Professional Networking Challenge

This is an exciting time for me as I’ve recently celebrated 100 episodes of the podcast, and I’m also reaching the official two-year mark of the podcast. I love being able to reflect and see the tremendous growth since the start of the podcast, and I also love being able to plan where I want to go in the next two years. Right now is a great time to focus on the reason why I decided to start this particular business. Of all of the types of business models I could have created...


PHEC 102: Student Research Experience Frances Dean and Kelly O'Shea

The American Public Health Association’s Epidemiology Section wanted to give students an opportunity to talk about their research on the podcast. Students who were interested in participating were asked to submit their research information and were selected based on their complete responses. Coming on the podcast to discuss their research gives students some experience in discussing their research. In this episode you’ll hear from two student members of the APHA Epidemiology section, Frances...