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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...


PHEC 049: Coaching and Mentoring in Public Health

People often use the terms interchangeably, but they are different. The goals of mentoring and coaching are essentially the same, to help the individual develop skills and achieve success. Mentoring and coaching work together to help you achieve success. However, the way that mentoring and coaching function are different. Understanding these differences will help you explore available resources, understand what resources are best for you, and may also help you as you network with other...


PHEC 048: The Importance of Communication Skills in Public Health

Communication skills are important for all professionals, especially those in public health. Good communication will help you present research, relay information to community members, coordinate with co-workers, and build relationships within the public health field. Developing your communication skills has many rewards. Be sure you document your experiences that involve the use of these skills.


PHEC 047: Three Ways to Prepare for Our Milestone Celebration of the Podcast

We are quickly approaching the 1-year anniversary of the Public Health Epidemiology Careers Podcast! In this episode, we’ll offer three ways that you can help us celebrate.


PHEC 046: Addressing a Common Myth About Volunteering

Volunteering is a great way to gain experience, network within your community, and get closer to the public health career you desire. Unfortunately, some people have difficulty fitting in the time or energy to volunteer. But it doesn’t have to be overwhelming or complicated! In this episode, I address a common myth about volunteering and share an alternative way of approaching the idea of volunteering.


PHEC 045: Interview with Dr. Oscar Alleyne: Powerful Impact of Working in Public Health at the Local Level

This episode is brought to you by the American Public Health Association’s (APHA) Epidemiology Section, where I serve as a part of the leadership team. Learn more about the APHA Epidemiology Section. Dr. Oscar Alleyne is the Senior Advisor of Public Health Programming at the National Association of County Health Officials (NACHO), which provides leadership and support for 2,000 county and city health departments across the country. He specifically focuses on infectious disease,...


PHEC 044: Learning More About the American Public Health Association (APHA)

The annual meeting of the American Public Health Association (APHA) is coming up later this year, so this is a good time to seriously consider attending. In this episode, I discuss what the APHA is, what happens at the annual meeting, and how it can help you grow your public health career.


PHEC 043: A "Typical" Work Day of an Epidemiologist

This episode summarizes a discussion from our community, where a member wanted to learn more about the role of an epidemiologist. She has just completed her undergraduate degree in life sciences and is interested in pursuing her master of public health, specifically in epidemiology. She asked for feedback, comments, and feedback from other epidemiologists in the group. This was a popular discussion, and one that I felt everyone could benefit from in the form of this podcast episode. It is so...


PHEC 042: Online Degree Programs: Tackling Challenges of Work, Home, and School

In this episode, I answer a question submitted by one of the members of our community. The question comes from someone who is about to start a DrPH program. The program is a hybrid program, with the majority of the coursework being delivered online. Her questions are regarding the anticipated struggle to manage time between work, home, and school.