Public Health Epidemiology Conversations

By Dr. CH Huntley

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This podcast explores public health careers, epidemiology, and public health entrepreneurship. The episodes features conversations that encourage you to think creatively and use innovation, while also helping you see public health everywhere.

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PHEC 293: Communicating Health Information In A Digital World, With Alex Smith

Our ever-increasing use of technology has not only changed how people consume health information but emphasized the importance of digital communication in healthcare. Digital engagement and multimedia specialist Alex Smith is passionate about helping public health leaders adopt new and innovative ways to communicate. He joins us from Oklahoma today to discuss the work he is currently doing as Creative Director of the Southern Plains Tribal Health Board (SPTHB).

This conversation is part of a special series of sponsored episodes, where you’ll learn about the Tribal Epidemiology Centers (TEC) from the public health professionals working within those communities.

Tuning in, you’ll find out how Alex promotes continued digital transformation at SPTHB and seeks to build a people-first brand that puts the needs of tribal communities first. You’ll discover how he is addressing the challenges of communicating health information in today’s digital world, the importance of adopting a heart-centered servant mentality, the power of creative storytelling, and so much more.

Alex urges digital storytellers to acknowledge and understand the virtual ecosystems that we operate in. He also shares his advice and insights for exploiting creative storytelling for the purposes of advocacy and community awareness. Be sure to tune in today!

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Mar 28, 2023
PHEC 292: Public Health Roundtable, Livestream And Newsletter

Every month, a diverse panel of innovative public health thought leaders come together to discuss public health topics during a livestream on LinkedIn. The summary and takeaways will be written and shared in a LinkedIn newsletter article about two weeks later, helping us reach even more people who might be interested in the discussion. Tune into this episode to hear all of the details.


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Mar 21, 2023
PHEC 291: Innovation, Science, and Entrepreneurship, With Jennifer Huberty, PhD

Technological advances have opened new frontiers for consumer products and services that seek to improve wellbeing. For example, the mobile meditation app Calm has helped millions of people experience better sleep and reduced anxiety.

Joining us for this episode is Dr. Jennifer Huberty, an accomplished behavioral research scientist who has worked with Calm and other technology companies to bridge the gap between science and innovation and take a digital approach to change behavior and improve wellbeing. Today, she has her own consulting business and serves as a fractional Chief Science Officer to digital health companies.

In this episode, Dr. Huberty offers some insight into how the companies she chooses to work with align with her personal values, the roles that courage and curiosity play in her selection process, and why community-based participatory research is crucial for young scientists.

We also touch on the value of non-traditional partnerships, the important perspective Dr. Huberty has gained from viewing public health from an industry standpoint, and more.

Bringing together innovation, science, and entrepreneurship, today’s conversation will inspire you to follow your passion, no matter how unconventional it might seem! So, be sure to tune in today.


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Mar 14, 2023
PHEC 290: Highlights, Takeaways, Lessons Learned, And Next Steps

As the dust settles on our sixth Public Health Consulting and Entrepreneurship expo, our incredible host, Dr. Charlotte Hughes Huntley walks us through everything that transpired at the 2023 installment.

Dr. Huntley and her team worked tirelessly and planned meticulously to ensure the success of this year’s expo, with specific attention placed on creating a phenomenal experience.

We used a new platform for this year’s online workshop and it was a definite winner, and more people were excited about the weekly giveaways than they had been in previous years. Huge congratulations to our ‘podcast shoutout’ winners, and we encourage you to network with them by following their links below. 

We explore the ins and outs of the in-person workshops and the goals that Dr. Huntley set for their outcome. Our host explains the need she witnessed for people to be seen and heard, and how the realization led to some amazing transformations.

Finally, we hear about a photoshoot that got people excited, how attendees of the expo became a family and left feeling encouraged and inspired, and what the next steps are following an incredibly rewarding experience! 

As ever, please connect with Dr. Huntley on LinkedIn to discuss entrepreneurship in health and to stay informed about all upcoming events.


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Mar 07, 2023
PHEC 289: Evaluation, Epidemiology, and Community, With Weather Potdevin, MA

The Tribal Epidemiology Centers are doing great work for Native Americans. Today’s guest, Weather Potdevin, is lending her hand to the cause as the Senior Director of Community Health Services at America’s largest tribal health organization, the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC), which is one of the twelve Tribal Epidemiology Centers nationwide.

We hear about Weather’s background and her journey through ANTHC, before she explains how she became interested in public health. She also discusses the projects she is currently involved in across departments at ANTHC.

Weather discusses how her previous experiences have helped her in her current role, the population she serves, and the common problems she encounters. Weather breaks down the meaning of tribal sovereignty in a way that many will find easy to understand.

Finally, our guest talks about the importance of epidemiology in her line of work, and why evaluation programs are an everyday essential.

Feb 28, 2023
PHEC 288: Suicide Prevention And Education, With Michelle Bangen, MPH

The guest on today’s episode is Michelle Bangen, a public health consultant who received a bit of inspiration to get started in consulting from attending one of our past Public Health Consulting and Entrepreneurship Expos. She’s a public health professional and certified health education specialist with a focus on gender-based violence and suicide prevention.

Michelle, alongside her friend Charlette Lumby, co-founded a public health education and consulting company called Incite Agency for Change. As you tune in to this week’s episode, you’ll hear from Michelle about what sparked her interest in the field of public health and where her heart lies within her field.

She tells us about her business, specific details pertaining to the services they provide, and how it started Incite. They’re passionate about building resources to make sure anyone, anywhere is able to have a conversation about mental health and suicide prevention.

Don’t miss this insightful conversation, so tune in now!


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Feb 21, 2023
PHEC 287: Community And Connection In Public Health, With Stephanie Moxley

Stephanie Moxley is a public health consultant who conducts community health needs assessments for hospitals and health departments across the United States.

Today, she is the Founder and CEO of Moxley Public Health Consulting, but her career in public health began two decades ago as a health educator and program coordinator focused on HIV/STD prevention at the GO GIRL! Program in Bronx, New York. Since then, Stephanie has committed her career to health promotion, addressing public health disparities and inequities, and working to improve the health of both rural and urban communities.

Ingrained in Stephanie’s work is her love for collaboration, which not only improves the health and lives of the people she works with but makes her work more fun too! In this episode, we take a look at her fascinating journey into consulting, who her ideal client is, and what a community needs assessment entails. We also discuss her evidence-based, data-driven practices and how her understanding of public health and epidemiology has enabled her to have a greater impact, plus so much more!

As you’ll discover from this conversation, Stephanie believes that many hands make light work. This motto is reflected in her commitment to serving her community and prioritizing relationship-building in her business. Tune in today to learn more from Stephanie's inspiring story!


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Feb 14, 2023
PHEC 286: One Health Genomics Epidemiology, With Hayley Yaglom, MPH

For Hayley Yaglom, the key to successful public health initiatives is multidisciplinary collaboration across human health systems, animal health systems, and their shared environment. As a One Health Genomics Epidemiologist, Hayley’s role at the Translational Genomics Research Institute involves implementing genomics surveillance programs with the goal of helping healthcare systems and communities better deal with rising cases of antimicrobial resistance and healthcare associated infections.

Public health issues are not always clear cut, and Hayley is a creative thinker who is adding so much value to the field! We end this episode with some excellent advice for anyone interested in building a career in public health.

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Feb 07, 2023
PHEC 285: Communicating Public Health: Internal Teams, External Partners, Communities We Serve

In times of information overload, it's more important than ever that we focus our efforts on improved communication within our internal teams, external partners, and the communities we serve.

How are you communicating about public health? What tools and platforms are you using to deliver your message?

These are some of the thought-provoking questions we ask in today’s episode, which will help you evaluate how your organization communicates public health. There is always room to improve, so tune in today to learn more!


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Jan 31, 2023
PHEC 284: Get Reacquainted With Dr. Huntley, Through A Chat With Her Coach

As we settle into this new year, it's often a great time to get reacquainted with folks. It’s good to learn what your colleagues are up to now, as well as share with them what is new and current with you. This is important at all levels of career and business.

For business it’s critical, because it becomes an easy way to strengthen professional relationships and keep attracting the type of ideal clients to your business.

This podcast is one of the ways that Dr. Huntley introduces all of you to our guests. You have an opportunity to learn about what they do and how they serve, and you’re able to connect with them to develop those professional relationships.


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Jan 24, 2023
PHEC 283: Making The Data Mean Something, With Mike Dereviankin

On this episode we have an inspiring and informative conversation with data scientist and chemistry consultant, Mike Dereviankin!

Mike's work covers environmental, geochemical, biomonitoring, and arson investigations. We get an insider's look at what this entails, his professional journey thus far, and his creative approach to working with numbers.

The bulk of Mike's practice is done in conjunction with Chemistry Matters. Mike explains a little about how this niche environmental consulting company tackles the important tasks at hand before we explore some of Mike's more philosophical ideas about contemporary methods for data visualization, and the need for innovative and engaging communication in presentations.

Mike's story is a great illustration of following curiosity, taking action, and commitment to a passion and a cause. Make sure to tune in for this great episode of the show!

Jan 17, 2023
PHEC 282: On The Journey To Better, With Natasha Patterson, PhD, MPH

We’d love to introduce our guest today, Dr. Natasha Patterson. Dr. Patterson is from Pennsylvania, currently serving as a Professor of Public Health at the College of New Jersey. She teaches courses that focus on public health leadership, health education, and health policy for undergraduate and graduate students.

Dr. Patterson is very active in the community and serves as a board member, member, and president of different associations, but most importantly she is a mentor to high school and college students, providing guidance and encouragement during their academic and career journeys.

Our conversation flows through all different aspects of the realm of public health including when Dr. Patterson first felt drawn to the field, where her current passion [in public health] lies, and she tells listeners about her consulting business. We discuss the importance of understanding both public health and epidemiology so that we can better serve our communities thus leading to a greater impact.

We also hear from her about her book Combating Institutional Racism Through Mentoring: A public health approach, where she discusses taking a finer look at what mentoring looks like. For all this, and much more, tune into this week’s episode of Public Health Epidemiology Conversations!


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Jan 10, 2023
PHEC 281: Public Health And Passion, With Prince Anyanwu, MPH

From Nigeria to the United States, today’s guest brings a global perspective to the conversation. This episode has a little something for everyone as Prince Anyanwu guest joins us to discuss his public health professional journey, and in the process shares incredible, multi-level insights to enrich listeners’ lives.

Prince believes that passion is the most important ingredient of a successful contribution to public health, and tells a story of creative action prior to academic credentials.

You’ll hear all about his unique journey, and the lessons he learned along the way when you tune in today. It’s hard not to get inspired by his contagious love for public health and the impact it has on our society.

Thanks for listening!


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Jan 03, 2023
PHEC 280: Reflecting On 2022 And Preparing To Move Into 2023

Welcome to our last episode for 2022!

Today, we take a moment to reflect on our highlights from this year and share some updates as we prepare to move into 2023. Dr. Huntley offers some insight into her personal milestones from the past 12 months, how the podcast has grown, and takes a look at our top 10 episodes.

We also dive into some global audience analytics and end off the episode with what listeners can look forward to as we roll into the new year.

Tune in now, and have a fantastic rest of the year!

Dec 27, 2022
PHEC 279: Feeling Supported In Public Health

How would you feel if we told you that there are organizations out there who are supporting you and cheering you on as you spread your entrepreneurial wings and explore possibilities in public health?

On this episode of the Public Health Epidemiology Conversations Podcast, we are honored to highlight each of our sponsors, who are demonstrating support for every person who enrolls in the EXPO!

We are excited to highlight the organizations that partnered with us to bring you the Public Health Consulting & Entrepreneurship EXPO 2023. Their commitment to the EXPO has elevated this online experience to new heights, and made the in person experience possible for public health entrepreneurs who are ready for the next level of growth and opportunities. Our Nonprofit sponsors receive financial contributions from the proceeds of the EXPO enrollment.

Visit the show notes page for this episode to meet and connect with our sponsors individually.

Dec 20, 2022
PHEC 278: CDC Public Health Advisor And STEM Entrepreneur, With Naissa Piverger, MPH

Today’s guest is an expert in maternal and child health, global health, infectious disease, and public health research epidemiology.

At a critical moment in world history, Naissa Piverger found herself caught in the thick of it as a public health advisor for the CDC. While she is still working at the CDC, being involved at the frontlines of COVID gave Naissa access to the pressing necessities of those studying and working in STEM, paving the way for her own career service consulting firm: Piverger Career Services.

Our guest walks us through when she first became interested in public health, before detailing the public health issue she is most passionate about and explaining the ins and outs of her consulting business. Then, we learn how her experience in public health and epidemiology has helped Naissa better serve her community and clients, why COVID vaccines have opened many doors of possibility, and why all public health sectors need to embrace the collaborative nature of epidemiology.

We wrap up with our guest sharing nuggets of wisdom for those looking to further their careers in STEM. After our conversation with Naissa, we truly believe that anything is possible.

To find out why, tune in now!


Dec 13, 2022
PHEC 277: Relationship Building In Public Health, With Sujani Sivanantharajah, MPH

Sujani Sivanantharajah is the founding force behind PH SPOT, a platform and community for public health professionals across the globe, supporting them as they build their dream careers.

As a successful epidemiologist and entrepreneur who also has her own podcast, Sujani is here today to share her public health professional journey and the lessons she has learned along the way. One of her many strengths is in building and maintaining meaningful relationships through networking at a human level.

Sujani also offers some powerful advice about taking inspired action, even before you have a plan, so make sure you join us today to hear all this and more!


Dec 06, 2022
PHEC 276: Making Sure We’ve Covered Everything

We want to make sure that we’ve covered everything! Join us as Dr. Huntley discusses the timeline of the upcoming Public Health Consulting and Entrepreneurship EXPO. Find out when enrollment opens, the option to attend online only, and the option to also join us in Orlando, Florida. Tune in to make sure that you are up to date and ready for the Public Health Consulting and Entrepreneurship EXPO!

Nov 29, 2022
PHEC 275: A Very Exciting Announcement, It’s A Big Deal!

Today’s episode features a very special announcement.

After months of preparation and negotiation, Dr. Charlotte Hughes Huntley is thrilled to announce her upcoming book deal with Johns Hopkins University Press!

Since the unprecedented onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, industry leaders have taken a renewed interest in understanding the public health sector, and how it can provide innovative solutions to public health concerns. In this new climate of public health awareness, bridging the gap between public health and entrepreneurship has become more relevant than ever, a topic that has been at the center of Dr. Huntley’s work for many years.

Dr. Huntley is a problem solver at heart and has served countless public health professionals as a business coach by helping them on their entrepreneurial journeys. Tune in to learn what she’ll be covering in her upcoming book, The Public Health Entrepreneur, and how you can gain special access to all the behind-the-scenes developments!

Nov 22, 2022
PHEC 274: Our Team Debrief Ahead Of The Upcoming EXPO

Ahead of the upcoming Public Health Consulting and Entrepreneurship Expo, Dr. Huntley is joined, for the very first time on the podcast, by two of her team members to talk about everything expo; what worked in the past, what didn’t, and what there is to look forward to!

In this episode, we’re introduced to the podcast assistant, Laura, and program coordinator, Amber, and learn about their respective roles in the company. We find out how the recent APHA Conference has informed the structure of the upcoming expo and the team’s level of excitement!

Tune in to find out how to enroll, and what new tools and elements will be introduced in the next iteration of the Public Health Consulting and Entrepreneurship EXPO!

Nov 15, 2022
PHEC 273: Social Justice Parenting, With Traci Baxley, EdD

There is power in knowing that you belong and each of us has a responsibility to create environments that promote inclusion, trust, and acceptance. In fact, Dr. Traci Baxley believes that belonging is a basic human right and in today’s episode of Public Health Epidemiology Conversations, you’ll find out why!

Dr. Baxley is a professor, consultant, author, parenting coach, speaker, mother to five children, and the creator of Social Justice Parenting. Join us as we unpack the ways in which parenting can be viewed as a form of activism and the role that parents play in raising compassionate, anti-racist, and socially-conscious kids. We also touch on how you can actively build spaces of belonging in your home and workplace, what it means to be a belonging advocate, why racism is a public health issue, and more.

You don’t want to miss this discussion with Dr. Traci Baxley, a diversity and inclusion educator with more than thirty years of experience!

Nov 08, 2022
PHEC 272: Women’s Health, Endometriosis, and Entrepreneurship with Somer Baburek, MBA
Nov 01, 2022
PHEC 271: What Questions Do You Have About Consulting And Entrepreneurship In Public Health

There are exciting things on the horizon!

This episode is an excerpt of Dr. Hughes Huntley's LinkedIn Live, where she discusses the Public Health Consulting and Entrepreneurship EXPO 2023: how she views the speakers that attend, why she is so proud of the expo, and why you should attend.

We hear the potential topics that will be covered in the expo and why the speakers will bring the perfect information about public health consulting. Comparing previous EXPOs to future plans, we hear why this EXPO will be bigger and better, an amazing opportunity for exploring ideas, gaining inspiration, and watching your business begin and/or grow.

Whether you are a brand-new or established entrepreneur, you need to get on the EXPO waitlist!


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Oct 25, 2022
PHEC 270: Infectious Diseases And Public Health, With Andrea Prinzi, PhD, MPH

If infectious diseases and public health is your thing then you’ve come to the right place! Joining us on this episode is Clinical Microbiologist, Science Communicator, and Infectious Diseases Specialist, Dr. Andrea Prinzi.

Dr. Prinzi studied at the University of Colorado and went on to develop and run several microbiology educational programs. In 2018, she was handed the American Society for Clinical Pathologists 40 Under Forty award, and today, she serves as Medical Science Liaison at bioMérieux.

Our guest tells us when she first became interested in public health and what prompted her to stay in the field. She shares the public health issue that she is most passionate about and explains why infectious diseases are one of the most important aspects of public health.

We discuss why science communication needs to improve and debate the validity of testing kits, before Dr. Andrea clarifies how her knowledge of public health helps her take better care of her community. Epidemiology is becoming ever-significant, critical appraisals are fundamentally important, and real-world evidence is a rapidly growing field.

If you’d like to find out why, tune in now!


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Oct 18, 2022
PHEC 269: 10 Strategies To Prepare Your Next Vacation, For Entrepreneurs And Business Owners

In the working world, what happens when you go on vacation, or take a holiday, for an extended period of time?

In today’s episode, Dr. Huntley shares 10 strategies she implements to help her prepare for a vacation. When you’re on holiday, you don’t want to be juggling ill-prepared, work-related issues or spending your time putting out fires.

The key to a relaxed vacation lies in taking the time to prepare before you leave. From breaking down her to-do list to why you should schedule clients for after your return, Dr. Huntley hopes her strategies will help listeners —whether entrepreneurs, consultants, or leaders — better plan for their vacations.

Don’t miss out, tune in now!

Oct 11, 2022
PHEC 268: Controlling Pandemic Threats, With Marilyn Bruno, PhD, JD

What would happen if a lawyer and a scientist ran a business? Welcome back to Public Health Epidemiology Conversations!

Joining us on this episode is scientist, lawyer, CEO, and women entrepreneur of the year, Marilyn Bruno. She discusses the dangers of biofilm and how her company, AEQUOR, is fighting it. You’ll hear all about what inspired Marilyn to focus on public health, her company’s mission and vision, how AEQUOR’s journey has evolved since it was started, and why they haven’t reached their full potential yet.

Marilyn also talks us through the challenges they are facing, namely needing partners, funding, and chemists to synthesize their product. She even talks about what it was like to work with the UN before discussing the differences in risk between viruses and bacteria. Next, Marilyn shares some words of wisdom for people interested in working in this particular area of public health. Finally, we discuss the impact AEQUOR has managed to make so far and what needs to happen in order for them to be FDA-approved.

Thank you for listening in!


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Oct 04, 2022
PHEC 267: Rekindling Your Passion for Public Health
It's been a long pandemic! It seems that many people in the public health community are experiencing exhaustion, professionally, mentally, physically, and emotionally. If you too are looking for a boost or something to help you reignite your passion for public health, you have come to the right place!
The lack of appreciation we often receive in this field compounds the exhaustion and when we don’t pause between projects, we lose sight of how much we are accomplishing. While it is hard to come up with a complete solution to the state you may find yourself in, this episode does offer some ideas that may help.
Whether you’re feeling exhausted and uninspired as a result of the pandemic or if it’s just where you are in your career right now, then tune in for some strategies and tips to remind yourself why you got into this profession in the first place and rekindle your passion for public health!
Sep 27, 2022
PHEC 266: Public Health Education And Social Impact, With Neshe Conley, MPH

Social impact and education are some of the most powerful tools at our disposal as public health care specialists. Neshe Conley is a public health impact consultant, and joins us on this episode to discuss her work with public health education to create social impact. Our conversation includes how Neshe started in public health, the problems she’s most interested in, and how much Neshe loves the grass-root system that is public health.

We also discuss the services Neshe offers through her company, Embrace Health Communication and Navigation, as well as how her understanding of public health and epidemiology has helped her serve her clients and community.

Finally, Neshe shares some incredible advice for any public health specialist listening in. You won’t want to miss out on this episode of Public Health Epidemiology Conversations!

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Sep 20, 2022
PHEC 265: Climate Change In Public Health, With Erica Austhof, MPH

Welcome to another episode of Public Health Epidemiology Conversations. Joining us today is a lady wearing many hats, Erika Austhof.

Erika is an epidemiologist and the founder of Aengle Consulting, a consulting service that is passionate about creating sustainable data solutions. Tuning in, you’ll hear all about our guest’s incredible career, how she became interested in public health, and the public health problem she is most passionate about now.

Erika also gives us some information about her company, what she offers, and how her understanding of public health and epidemiology has helped her serve her clients and community as a whole. She even shares some advice for people interested in a public health career. To hear all this and more, press play now!


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Sep 13, 2022
PHEC 264: Are You The Person On The Team Who’s Holding Up Progress?

Anyone who has ever been part of a team knows what it is like when one person misses their deadline and holds up the whole project. As employees and students, most of us can relate to this type of situation, but what happens when we, as business owners and entrepreneurs, are the ones causing the bottleneck? Sometimes when we are in this role, it’s not always as easy to recognize that we are the problem.

In this episode, we delve into the question, “Are you that person on the team who's holding up progress?” Dr. Huntley discusses the dynamic of teamwork when one person is holding up the team and how this changes in the context of business ownership. This episode covers why it’s so easy for entrepreneurs to fall into this trap and how to navigate the shift from leading as a business owner to following your employees. For some insightful tips on how to get out of your own way and communicate more effectively, tune in today!


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Sep 06, 2022
PHEC 263: Effectively Communicating Epidemiology

Can an epidemiologist communicate epidemiology without confusing everyone?

Welcome to another episode of the Public Health Epidemiology Conversations podcast, with your host Dr. Huntley. In this episode, we talk about understanding the definition of epidemiology, why it’s important to be able to clearly communicate epidemiology to organizations both in and out of the public health sector, and Dr. Huntley leaves listeners with three strategies for more clearly communicating on the subject.

Don’t miss out, tune in today!

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Aug 30, 2022
PHEC 262: Thank You For Five Years Of This Podcast

We are intentionally pausing to thank the attendees of our webinar, celebrating five years of the Public Health Epidemiology Conversations Podcast. We are also letting everyone know how to grab a new resource that we’ve created especially for you. This resource is free to anyone who subscribes to our podcast newsletter for announcements and updates. Tune into this episode to hear the details.

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Aug 23, 2022
PHEC 261: Global Public Health Leadership, With Dr. Candela Iglesias Chiesa

While a lot of people in the health sector try to become a specialist, today’s guest focuses on being a generalist. She serves the global health industry by being a bridge between people in different areas and specialties.

Dr. Candela Iglesias Chiesa is a global health specialist with a biomedical background. She is also the author of Build your Dream Team: Leadership based on a passion for people. Through her organization, Alanda, she supports international and local organizations to improve their health projects and save lives through enhancing their use of evidence and data in strengthening leadership and product management.

She has worked with the Red Cross Movement, WHO, and Resolve to Save Lives, among others. She's also a board member for Women in Global Health Norway and part of the Norwegian Red Cross’s public health roster for humanitarian emergencies. Today she joins us to share her story with us.

Tuning in, you’ll hear how Dr. Iglesias Chiesa started her career in microbiology and what inspired her to switch over to public health. You’ll also hear specifics about her business, how it helps the helpers, identifies gaps in public health, and is a resource for the career development of public health professionals.

Tune in to hear more about Dr. Iglesias Chiesa's hard work to improve health equity globally.



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Aug 16, 2022
PHEC 260: Escaping Burnout By Redefining Rest, With Marissa McKool

How do we move away from the false idea that rest has to be earned, and productivity defines our worth?

In this episode, we are joined by public health coach, Marissa McKool. With a history in public health, Marissa shares her story of using her knowledge and experience in public health to build her own business, McKool Coaching.

Marissa mainly coaches early to mid-career public health professionals. By doing this work, she is helping them make their jobs more sustainable, by supporting them to discover how to control their mental and emotional experiences. Marissa helps us understand why we need to challenge our narrative around rest and how to shift our mindset in order to detach from toxic productivity standards.

Burnout, stress, overwhelm, and exhaustion are just some of the symptoms that Marissa aims to combat by reshaping our definition of rest, and how we believe we need to earn and justify having it. You will hear about how you can have more rest, more time to do things that bring you joy, and more opportunities to thrive in your career.

From freeing yourself from internalized societal bias and unrealistic workplace expectations to creating a life you love, Marissa is here to be your guide!


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Aug 09, 2022
PHEC 259: Public Health And Epidemiology For The Medical Student Population, With Tyrone Layson

As Tyrone Layson has learned through his career as a public health professional, medical students are their own population group and they come with a unique set of public health related issues.

As the Assistant Director of Student Affairs for the College of Medicine at the University of Toledo (where he is also pursuing his doctorate in health education), this is the population group that Tyrone is currently most passionate about.

During this episode, Tyrone shares what motivated him to change his educational track from medicine to epidemiology and public health, the variety of roles he has held since graduating (including pharmacy technician and curriculum coordinator), and how his background benefits his day-to-day work.

Tyrone also shares a key piece of advice for anyone interested in a career path similar to his own!


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Aug 02, 2022
PHEC 258: Who Is This Podcast For?

As part of Dr. Huntley’s efforts to bring the public healthcare community onto the same page, she brings you the third and final episode in her mini-series explaining the purpose behind the Public Health Epidemiology Conversations podcast. After establishing why she started this podcast, how it has grown, and why she is still making it after five years, today she explains who it is for.

Tuning in you’ll hear why this is such a great podcast for prospective students and grad students who are going into the field of public health as well as consultants and entrepreneurs who are already in it.

You’ll learn how it can be a great resource for tips, business strategies, and networking opportunities, as well as inspiration and encouragement, before Dr. Huntley invites listeners to an exciting upcoming webinar. Register at

For some great tips on how to better use the free and insightful resource that is this podcast, tune in today!

Jul 26, 2022
PHEC 257: Be the Change You Want to See

We are underway with our mini-series of episodes that are dedicated to you, our PHEC community, for you to better understand the why and purpose of this podcast.

In an effort to get us all onto the same page, Dr. Huntley tells us the reasons why she has persisted with this podcast. She opens up about the podcast’s success and how it has reached heights far beyond what she had first imagined. We get a glimpse into the testimonies that dedicated fans have sent to our host as she invites loyal listeners of the show to visit the website and tell her of their experiences.

Meeting amazing people and organizations, and growing as an individual are some of the reasons why Dr. Huntley is more than happy to continue her podcasting journey. You’ll come to understand how she is taking such a broad field (public health) and using it to her advantage in being the change that she would like to see. This series is truly coming together nicely and we would love for you to join us for this episode.

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Jul 19, 2022
PHEC 256: Looking Back, Why I Started This Podcast

It’s been five incredible years of the Public Health Epidemiology Conversations podcast and today we take a look back at how it all began. Our host, Dr. Huntley, walks us through the main reason she started this podcast, what she hoped to achieve by using the podcasting platform, and some of the difficulties she experienced as a new podcaster.

We come to understand that the concerns of the public were the driving force behind this podcast’s creation, and how she wanted to impart information about public health in a personal, relatable way.

Consistency is paramount to a successful podcast and you’ll see how being consistent helped this podcast grow. Dr. Huntley wanted to refocus people’s attention on the core values of public health, tune in to find out how she was able to achieve this goal!

Look out for the upcoming webinar, From Careers to Conversations: Celebrating Five Years of the Public Health Epidemiology Conversations Podcast.

Jul 12, 2022
PHEC 255: Mid-Year Review, Goal Evaluation, and Summer Fun

As the first half and second quarter of the year come to an end, it is important to look back and acknowledge our triumphs and downfalls. In this new episode of the PHEC podcast, we will chat about how to reflect on your personal and business goals. We learn how to separate these goals and acknowledge that they need to be different; you are not your business.

Dr. Huntley gives us strategies to see if we are on track with these, and if we are not, how to get back on the right path. We touch on a framework for assessing your business goals, which includes marketing and leads, offers and sales, and systems and productivity.

We also look at how to achieve our personal goals, from changing our mindsets and practicing personal development, to ensuring we incorporate fun into our life. Plus, Dr. Huntley gives us a look at how, by changing her team structures and location, she is ensuring optimal productivity in her own business.

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Jul 05, 2022
PHEC 254: A Family Unites to Triumph Over COVID: A Case Study

The global pandemic has caused many families to live in a state of constant panic and fear. But, with the right tools, you and your family can turn a highly stressful situation into something much more manageable.

On this episode of the Public Health Epidemiology Podcast, Dr. Huntley shares a personal story that holds valuable lessons which we all can learn from. She opens up about her family’s journey after her 89 year old mother tested positive for COVID. As a starting point, our host takes us through her various definitions of ‘family’. We then get keen insight into what her family dynamic is like and how one meeting of multiple siblings paved the way for a triumph over COVID!

You’ll learn the importance of having good communication between family members, how to choose leadership over fear, the benefits of having a caring medical team, and why stepping out of your comfort zone is a necessity in a time of crisis. If you want to know why empathy, clarity, and respect are three words that can carry you and your family through the global pandemic, then be sure to tune into this episode! 


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Jun 28, 2022
PHEC 253: Mindset And Entrepreneurship In Public Health, With Shannon Salentine, MPH

Leaving your job to become a coach or a consultant, or to start your own business can be daunting. It can also be incredibly rewarding.

In this episode, Shannon Salentine joins us to discuss some of the challenges of setting yourself up as an entrepreneur in public health and strategies for creating a meaningful business. Shannon is an executive leadership coach, facilitator, and global development consultant. She’s also the founder of the coaching company, Lead for Good. She works one-on-one with individuals and groups to find clarity in their purpose, take action, and make a difference in the world.

Shannon believes that radical self-trust, understanding your life purpose, and acting courageously are keys to living the fully integrated and authentic life you deserve.

In this conversation, we shed light on some of the mistakes we made when starting businesses, the unhealthy work habits we chose to break, and how we avoid saying yes to everything and burning ourselves out.

We believe that the best reason to leave your current job is so that you can better serve others and go change the world.

If this sounds like something you want to do, tune in to hear our top three tips to help you succeed as an entrepreneur! 


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Jun 21, 2022
PHEC 252: Business Tips, Highlights, And Takeaways From Five Years In Business

As an entrepreneur, you have the power to decide how you run your business, and that freedom is to be enjoyed! Today on the Public Health Epidemiology Conversations Podcast we are reflecting on five years of business with some tips, highlights, and takeaways for listeners. Tuning in, you’ll hear about the freedom entrepreneurship brings, as well as the incredible collaborations and worldwide impact it can have. We also share some tips for long-term success. Lastly, we remind you to have fun and enjoy every minute. Join us to celebrate five years of business!

Jun 14, 2022
PHEC 251: Let’s Talk About Offers & Sales

This episode is packed with tips and guidance that every public health entrepreneur can use. You’ll want to grab a notebook and pen or open a fresh google doc and prepare to take notes.

We’d like to also remind you that the deadline to register for the in-person business strategy workshops is June 30th of 2022. The website for details and registration is

Jun 07, 2022
PHEC 250: From Kinesiology To Public Health, with LaRita Laktonen-Ward, MPH

Today’s guest on Public Health Epidemiology Conversations is LaRita Laktonen-Ward, the Program Manager for the Coordinating Center at Good Health and Wellness in Indian Country (GHWIC). GHWIC is a CDC program focusing on improving the health of American Indians and Alaskan Natives through four key strategies; heart disease prevention, diabetes prevention, commercial tobacco cessation, and nutrition and exercise promotion.

Although LaRita has only been in her current position for two months, her education in exercise science, her experience as a coach and a teacher, and her passion for connecting people through knowledge make her very well equipped for the job!

To hear more about LaRita’s background, what led her to the field of public health, and whether a career in public health is for you, make sure to tune in today!


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May 31, 2022
PHEC 249: Healthcare And Community Engagement, With Nikita Boston-Fisher, MPH

This episode’s guest became interested in public health at a younger age than most. She is a public health consultant, certified health education specialist and project management practitioner who is passionate about compassionate health care and community engagement.

Tune in to hear who she serves, what she does for them, and the mechanisms she relies on to provide this care! We talk about the Lounge she hosts in the hope of connecting people with chronic ailments to the resources and language they need, as well as to one another in a digital community.

We touch on the topics she covers on her podcast, and how she provides support to providers, by equipping them with the tools they need to meet clients at their level. Tune in today to hear all this and more!


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May 24, 2022
PHEC 248: Addressing Healthcare Inequities, With Bryan O. Buckley, DrPH, MPH

“Be hungry, be curious, and be humble” is Dr. Bryan Buckley’s mantra, and this mantra is what guides him in his work as a public health professional.

Dr. Buckley is a multidimensional healthcare professional, educator, and researcher who works as a Fellow at the Medstar Health Institute for Quality and Safety and as an Assistant Professor at Georgetown University.

In today’s episode, Dr. Buckley shares how a recommendation he received from a professor during his undergraduate degree led him into public health, and why he is so passionate about the field.

Although Dr. Buckley wears many different hats, his main areas of focus are addressing health inequities and improving the well-being of where people live, work, and play. Listen to this week’s episode to get the full scope of the incredible work that Dr. Buckley is doing!


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May 17, 2022
PHEC 247: Black Health Is Black Wealth, With Dr. Zenobia Bryant

Our guest is passionate about health equity, diversity equity, and inclusion, and has focused her career accordingly. Dr. Zenobia Bryant is the Founder and CEO of Black Health Black Wealth and, in this episode, we find out why black mental health, black physical health, and black financial health are, in fact, black wealth.

Dr. Bryant has a Ph.D. in public health with a concentration in epidemiology and has countless other accomplishments to her name. In our conversation, we discuss the holistic nature of health, and Dr. Bryant explains how navigating racism and micro-aggressions leads to stress, which directly impacts one’s physical health. We also find out about the “Knowledge is Power” community program and how Dr. Bryant is working to empower young black women in the public health space.

To learn about the role of community in healing and growth, tips for overcoming imposter syndrome, and how to use data to make a difference, tune in with us today!


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May 10, 2022
PHEC 246: The Importance Of Indigenous People In Public Health, With Dyani Bingham, MPH

Data is a necessity when understanding the issues facing indigenous communities, and indigenous perspectives on this data and how to implement changes within the social context are key to successful interventions.

Talking to us on this episode about why this is the case, is Dyani Bingham, board member at Montana Public Health Institute. Dyani started her academic career in art and culture, however, through personal tragedy, she discovered her calling in public health.

Join us to hear about the issues Dyani is currently working on, what her role within the organization is, and why she feels epidemiology is important in the interventions she has been involved with.

We wrap up this episode with Dyani’s advice to young public health epidemiologists trying to find their niche, and how to tackle the overwhelming diversity of opportunities facing public health specialists. For all this and so much more, tune in today.


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May 03, 2022
BONUS Takeaways From The Atlanta Workshop

On this bonus episode, Dr. Huntley recaps the Business Strategy Workshop For Public Health Consultants that was recently held in Atlanta, GA. She shares so much on this episode that you might want to grab a pen and paper and prepare to take a few notes!

If you are a public health consultant, then you don't want to miss this episode.

For more details about the upcoming workshops visit and consider registering while you have the opportunity to do so.

Please share this episode with your network, other public health consultants, and public health entrepreneurs.

Apr 29, 2022
PHEC 245: Crafting Your Elevator Pitch, Public Health Consultants

When someone asks you what you do, what is your response? Are you too technical, too complicated, or too vague? How do you introduce yourself for maximum impact when the opportunity arises?

In this episode, we talk about why it’s so important to have a good elevator pitch prepared for the moment when the right opportunity presents itself.

Tuning in you’ll hear about how common it is for public health professionals to get this wrong, the many missed opportunities that occur as a result of poor elevator pitches, and how getting this right can be game-changing for your career.

You’ll find out how to target your ideal client, why you should focus on the benefits your client will derive from your services, and why you should address a problem that your client already has. For many other tips and resources to help you succeed in the field of public health through crafting the perfect elevator pitch, tune in today!


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Apr 26, 2022
PHEC 244: Program Evaluation Consulting, With Brad Krueger, MPH

The road into a public health career is rarely a direct one. Often students who want to study medicine are introduced to the topic during their studies and, based on their level of interest, find themselves diverting their plans to explore public health as a career.

Today on the show Dr. Huntley sits down with Brad Krueger, a program evaluation consultant based in Chicago. She talks with Brad about his journey into public health, his business, and how he thrives on building systems to collect, review and present data.

Tuning in you’ll hear Brad describe how he first considered a career in public health, how it aligned with his interests, and what he is most passionate about in his field at this moment. Brad shares an overview of his business, his typical client, and how he determines whether they’re a good fit.

He goes on to expand on the importance of creating a supportive network of professionals, why he has recommended potential colleagues to clients, and why an abundance mindset is so helpful. Brad also shares tips and advice for anyone in public health and epidemiology. Learn what it means to be a lifelong learner and why there’s always something to be gained from any opportunity.

We loved having Brad on the show and we’re sure you’ll find this conversation every bit as stimulating as we did!


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Apr 19, 2022
PHEC 243: Public Health Recruitment with Brooke Mootry, MSW, CHES

During the 2019 Public Health Expo, Brooke Mootry discovered her passion: matching public health professionals with careers that suit them! She went on to join the Public Health Network and is now CEO and lead recruiter.

Join us on this episode as we talk to Brooke about how she discovered her passion, and why she loves what she does. We hear how she moved from pre-med in college to public health to recruiting, and the advice she has for those in the field.

Brooke breaks down what the Public Health Network does, and what she finds most gratifying about her role. We also learn how her public health background, and her understanding of epidemiology help her in matching candidates with their ideal roles.

Tune in to discover what makes a great recruiter, who their ideal target is, and the qualities that they look for in the companies they assist.

For all this, and so much more, press play now.


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Apr 12, 2022
PHEC 242: Business Strategy Workshop For Public Health Consultants

If you are a public health consultant who has started your own business and who is looking for some guidance to take it to the next level, this episode is for you!

Join us today as we hear from Dr. Charlotte Hughes Huntley about her public health in-person workshops. Find out who the workshops are for, and why planning quarterly goals (and reviewing them) is so important!

Dr. Huntley describes it all. We hear about the format of the workshops, from why she keeps the numbers small, to what's included, to where they will be happening throughout 2022. So, to have all your questions about Dr. Huntley's workshops answered, tune in today! 


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Apr 05, 2022
PHEC 241: Everyday Public Health, With Jordyn Fink

Welcome back to the Public Health Epidemiology Conversations playlist! We’re glad you joined us. Our guest on this episode is Jordyn Fink, public health specialist at the Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Epidemiology Clinic.

Tune in to hear all about her work with lead testing and more, and find out how she is working to include technical support for communities. You’ll hear about grant allocation, and the vast variation in the field of public health, as well as why her work is important in the community she serves. Jordyn helps listeners to get a greater grasp of what public health entails and how we encounter it in our daily lives, with infectious enthusiasm for the field.

In closing, she shares her hope to motivate others to explore a career in the field of public health after having shared her own experience of getting to know and love her work.


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Mar 29, 2022
PHEC 240: Public Health and Social Media with Kristy Schirmer, MPH

Coming to us from the future, all the way from Adelaide, Australia, is the inspirational Kristy Schirmer. Kristy has 20 years of experience working in health promotion and public health in Australia and the UK and she now works with government and non-government agencies with a public health focus, providing training to help them use social media as effectively as possible.

When Kristy presented her innovative ideas to a previous employer and was met with a flat “no”, she simply went on to start her own business! She is now the co-founder of the Australian Public Health Consultants Network and works as a social media strategy consultant for startups and other consultants.

Kristy joins us today to discuss her career journey and how she came to recognize social media as a crucial health promotion and communication tool. We find out how her public health expertise and understanding of epidemiology help her to better serve her clients and community, and she fills us in on what makes a dream client!

Tune in to find out more about how Kristy structures her training programs, and if you want to hear from our guest, you can catch her at this year’s Public Health Consulting and Entrepreneurship Expo.


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Mar 22, 2022
PHEC 239: Podcast Fans, We Need Your Help

The Public Health Epidemiology Conversations Podcast has a loyal audience of listeners, and we appreciate all of you! A lot of work goes into producing each episode and making it freely available to everyone worldwide. It’s time to grow and reach even more people, and we need your help to make that happen. On this podcast episode, we’ll discuss several easy ways that you can help us reach a larger audience.

Mar 15, 2022
PHEC 238: Workplace Bias, Burnout, and Entrepreneurship, With Glennae Davis

Our honored guest on this episode is Glennae Davis, author of Yet Here I Stand: My Journey From Bondage to Liberty and Bias and Burnout: 10 Power Moves for Healthcare Workplace Equity, as well as the CEO and Founder of Rx For Life, a health equity, consultancy, and education agency.

In this conversation, we discuss her career journey and how she discovered entrepreneurship or, more accurately, how it found her! As a Black woman with a vibrant nursing career in critical care, Glennae knows about bias and burnout in the healthcare industry!

You’ll hear the story of an injury, compounded by her gender and race, that resulted in a four-year journey through the world of workplace compensation, rife with discrimination and institutional racism. You’ll also discover how Glennae took the pain of her most difficult challenges and turned them into opportunities to help others using the lessons and skills she learned.

Find out what RX for Life does to help others in similar situations, from finding valuable rest to a 40-day faith-based exploration into empowerment and self-worth, plus we touch on some of the incredible offerings and hard-won advice that Glennae has to share with the industry.

We hope you can join us for this moving and highly informative conversation around healthcare, bias, burnout, and so much more!


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Mar 08, 2022
PHEC 237: How and Why You Should Celebrate Your Wins, Big and Small

We are often so quick to focus on our disappointments rather than our successes or the lessons we’ve learned, and that’s simply not on. Here at Public Health Epidemiology Conversations, we have deemed it illegal to reach a milestone and move on without pausing to celebrate it.

In this episode, we take a deep dive into how and why you should celebrate your wins, big and small. Our host, Dr. Huntley shares a personal story to explain why it’s essential to take a moment to reward yourself, and fills us in on the various ways in which she personally celebrates her wins.

As entrepreneurs, we have a tendency to perpetually move on to the next thing, without even recognizing, nevermind celebrating, our successes.

Tune in to hear some examples of what constitutes a win, why it’s important not to minimize your achievements, and how to celebrate in a way that lights you up!


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Mar 01, 2022
PHEC 236: HIV Prevention and Epidemiology, With Courtney Allen, MPH
Welcome back to our series on Tribal Epidemiology Centers and Public Health!
In this episode, you’ll meet Courtney Allen, MPH, CHES, whose primary focus for the majority of her working career has been HIV prevention and awareness. She currently holds the position of Public Health Advisor (PHAP) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at the Inter Tribal Council of Arizona Tribal Epidemiology Center, where she helps the community acquire funding for HIV prevention, as well as conducting surveillance reports, and other tasks.
We discuss Courtney’s work at the Arizona Tribal Epidemiology Center and the various ways that they are working to end the HIV epidemic in their communities.
Tuning in, you'll hear Courtney describe how stigma, distrust, and the presence of a pre-established HIV prevention program informs how communities respond to interventions and initiatives. Next, we unpack some of the ways that they are working to make HIV testing more anonymous and accessible through initiatives like the ‘I want a kit’ project, and why it’s so beneficial in the fight against this epidemic.
Courtney also shares an example of why a working knowledge of epidemiology is beneficial to anyone working in public health, along with some inspiring words of advice on why you should never sell yourself short.
Tune in for a wonderful and insightful conversation on Tribal Epidemiology Centers, a career in public health, and community!

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Feb 22, 2022
PHEC 235: Public Health Issues Meet Technology And Innovation, With Dr. Harsh Vathsangam

Today we have a particularly inspiring episode as we discuss a new, innovative way to address an old public health problem. Joining us to share his groundbreaking ideas and expertise, is Dr. Harsh Vathsangam, co-founder of Moving Analytics, the leading telehealth provider of cardiovascular prevention programs.

Dr. Vathsangam opens up about his passion for the prevention and elimination of cardiovascular disease in the US and describes how Moving Analytics combines computer science, research, and preventative medicine to address this prevalent public health issue in a creative way.

Dr. Vathsangam has a Ph.D. in computer science and has over seven years of experience in designing and testing technologies for mobile health, and in this episode, he fills us in on how computer science can ultimately lead to informing physicians in the public health sector and benefit everyday people.

We hear some devastating statistics about the prevalence of cardiovascular disease, as well as the six behaviors we need to adopt to prevent its occurrence. Dr. Vathsangam explains the cardiac rehabilitation process and we discover how Moving Analytics is changing the game and empowering patients to take charge of their own recovery.

Tune in for this jam-packed episode exploring the role of technology in improving our access to healthcare!


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Feb 15, 2022
PHEC 234: What Does A Public Health Consultant Do?

“What does a public health consultant actually do?”

We get this question quite often, which is why, in today’s episode, we take a deep dive into the ins and outs of a career in public health consulting!

In this audio from her recent LinkedIn Live session, Dr. Charlotte Hughes Huntley shares some practical definitions and examples to help you understand what public health consulting is, who it serves, and what it entails.

You’ll also be directed to some previous episodes from the podcast that will help you better understand public health consulting from the perspective of nursing, advocacy, and more.

Dr. Huntley offers some valuable tips and advice for public health consultants, regardless of whether you’re serving government organizations or private industry!

While there’s no one example that embodies the extremely broad field of public health consulting, we hope that this episode helps those of you stepping into the field by highlighting some of the many opportunities available to you. Tune in today to learn more!


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Feb 08, 2022
PHEC 233: 3 Productivity Tips for Public Health Entrepreneurs in 2022

Entering the new year feels different for everyone! Some of us are fresh and ready to tackle whatever comes our way, and others are feeling worn out and depleted from the grueling year behind us.

In this episode, we’re going to equip you with three invaluable productivity tips to ensure that you launch into 2022 with a head start, without getting trapped on the hamster wheel of busyness!

Dr. Huntley shares her own methods of optimizing productivity while ensuring she has enough time blocked off to replenish and spend time with her family. In this casual, simple, yet powerful discussion, you’ll learn how to make your time work for you by incorporating these three straightforward tips!

Tune in to find out how to create your ideal work plan, focus on what matters most each day, and limit your daily tasks to avoid overwhelm and stay focused!


Feb 01, 2022
PHEC 232: Holistic View Of Public Health And Tribal Communities, With Lucinda Cowboy, MS

This episode of Public Health Epidemiology Conversations is one in a series of special sponsored episodes where we learn about Tribal Epidemiology Centers. We talk to Lucinda Cowboy, from the Albuquerque Area Southwest Tribal Epidemiology Center about how she got into public health, what her work involves, and why she's motivated to help the communities that she does.

She translates the beautiful sayings from her mother tongue that inspire her in her work and describes the importance of framing your work within a specific community. We discuss the benefits of having community members represented on the boards of epidemiology centers, and how she combines her indigenous knowledge with the western knowledge she was taught, to help the community. Lucinda ends the episode with two key pieces of advice for students, followed by Dr. Huntley's reflections on the conversation.

Join us for another fascinating episode!


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Jan 25, 2022
PHEC 231: Public Health And Healthcare Thought Leadership, With Dr. Errol Pierre

Our childhood experiences shape how we see the world and our areas of interest. Today's guest’s journey is no different. Dr. Errol Pierre was first exposed to the issues in the world of healthcare and insurance when, as a kid, he had to pause a routine dental procedure due to health insurance caps. He has come a long way since then and is now a healthcare thought leader, business executive, leadership coach, public speaker, professor, writer, and healthcare strategist.

He talks to us today about how he got into the field of public health, why it's so crucial to treat every interaction as an opportunity to network, and why he feels an understanding of epidemiology is key to identifying the issues affecting communities in need.

Dr. Pierre explains why he has focused on the communities he has and gives some great advice to anyone in the world of public health.

Press "Play" now to hear this uplifting and inspiring episode!

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Jan 18, 2022
PHEC 230: Public Health Research And Practice, With Nakeitra Burse, DrPH

Welcome back to another episode of Public Health and Epidemiology Careers. In conversation with us today is Dr. Nakeitra Burse, CEO of the public health research development and practice company, Six Dimensions.

You’ll hear all about her heart to serve people in public health, and how she became involved in it, with a focus on maternal health. Dr. Burse tells us all about the documentary she has produced to address Black maternal health, and how her understanding of public health has helped her to better serve her community.

She talks about her background as a personal trainer, and how the ecological environment people find themselves in impacts their decision making. She also shares why it is so important to evolve, seek opportunities, learn, and develop your skills on an ongoing basis.

Tune in to hear more today!

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Jan 11, 2022
PHEC 229: Public Health Consulting And Entrepreneurship EXPO, 2022

One of the most exciting things about 2022 is the upcoming Public Health Consulting and Entrepreneurship EXPO!

During this episode, you’ll get insight into the history of the expo, how it came to be, and what it looks like today. We touch on what the EXPO aims to do and how much it has changed since the first edition. Find out about the real-time webinars happening live this January that will cover all the information you need on the EXPO.

We hope you join us to hear more!


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Jan 04, 2022
PHEC 228: A Grassroots Approach To Public Health In Native Communities, With Dr. Julianna Reece, MD, MBA, MPH
This week’s guest is an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation and a Board-Certified Family Medicine physician with more than 20 years’ experience in direct primary care, with the majority of her time focused on underserved populations and Native American healthcare. Her name is Dr. Julianna Reece and she first fell in love with public health when she completed an MPH before even going to medical school!
Dr. Reece is the Director of the Healthy Tribes Program with the CDC National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion in the Division of Population Health. Her recent roles include serving as the Chief Medical Officer for the Albuquerque Area Indian Health Service (IHS), as well as the Vice Chair of the Heroin, Opioids, and Pain Efforts (HOPE) Committee, a national initiative through the IHS.
In this episode of the Public Health Epidemiology Conversations (PHEC) Podcast, Dr. Reece shares some insight into Tribal Epidemiology Centers (TECs) and Tribal Epidemiology Centers Public Health Infrastructure (TECPHI), the importance of tribal sovereignty, and the key role that infrastructure plays in implementing effective solutions, as well as how culture equates with wellness, plus so much more!

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Dec 28, 2021
PHEC 227: Wrapping Up 2021, Resting, Preparing For 2022

It's been a long exhausting year! This episode is about taking time to rest and relax, before preparing for 2022.

Dr. Huntley shares her experience of a trip away to a small isolated island and explains why she recommends taking a break, unplugging from social media, and getting a change of environment at this time of year.

She also encourages us to acknowledge our accomplishments no matter how big or small they may be, before starting to prepare for the year ahead.

You’ll also find out a bit more about The Public Health Consulting & Entrepreneurship EXPO coming in 2022 and how Dr. Huntley is spreading her wings and leveling up at the intersection of public health and entrepreneurship.

For all this and more, tune in today!


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Dec 21, 2021
PHEC 226: Fan Favorites, “Own Your Journey”

This episode is devoted to you, the fans and regular listeners of this podcast. Today we decided to do things differently and create a fan-favorite episode. We start with a voice note from a loyal listener, Andrea Levy, who describes her favorite episode with Aila Hoss and why it inspired her so much.

Then, Dr. Huntley talks about the opportunity she had to speak to a group of health science graduates, how her friends and family responded to her speech, and why she regards this as the highest honor. She explains the context of the speech, how starting a health career during a pandemic adds an extra layer of challenges, and how she factored this into the content of her speech.

She then shares the speech and its three main takeaways with us. To discover the importance of following your curiosity, being teachable, and remembering the team, in order to fully own your journey, tune in today!

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Dec 14, 2021
PHEC 225: Supporting Public Health Professionals, Next Steps

Today's show focuses on the most pressing issues public health professionals are facing right now, how to resolve them, and how our host is stepping up to this task. Beginning with her assessment of the public health community, Dr. Huntley comments on how professionals are burned out, afraid to put their skills to use in creative ways, siloed from one another, and more. 

Our host moves on to describe the need to create safe spaces where public health workers feel comfortable to think out of the box. She also speaks to the importance of advocating for a wider conception of public health that includes more industries under its umbrella and seeks to connect the dots between them. 

In the last segment, Dr. Huntley talks about how she is working toward these very goals in her podcast and also mentions the wide array of coaching and consulting work she does to this end. For a comprehensive assessment of the public health sphere and the solutions at our disposal, be sure to tune in to the full episode!

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Dec 07, 2021
PHEC 224: Decolonizing Data With Dr. Rosalina James, Urban Indian Health Institute

Public health spans all communities and cultures. However, smaller populations are being overlooked due to historical discrimination. Today we talk to Dr. Rosalina James, Director of Research and Evaluation at Urban Indian Health Institute (UIHI), about her interests in decolonizing data and the importance of getting people of American Indian and Native Alaska descent a seat at the table.

We hear the challenges Dr. James faced as a woman of color in academia, and her advice on facing these issues. Find out how Dr. James moved into public health from lab work, why workforce development is so important to her, and why she feels epidemiologists are uniquely equipped to make overlooked cultures visible.

Tune in to hear what the UIHI has been working on throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, and how you can get involved as an intern. We look forward to having you join us!

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Nov 30, 2021
PHEC 223: Public Health Consulting, Communication, and TEDx, with Vinu Ilakkuvan, PhD

Becoming an entrepreneur in the public health industry is a daunting prospect. Join us today as we hear why Dr. Vinu Ilakkuvan chose to found her public health consulting firm, and how she landed on this path.

We hear what Dr. Ilakkuvan most enjoys about being a consultant, and what inspired her to enter into the public health sphere in the first place. Discover the importance of understanding epidemiology in implementing public health changes, and what Dr. Ilakkuvan's advice is to aspiring entrepreneurs about who they need to work with and for.

From two seemingly conflicting characteristics (humility and confidence) that Dr. Ilakkuvan feels are crucial in working in public health, to the three pillars that she has founded her consulting firm on, you don’t want to miss this inspiring episode!

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Nov 23, 2021
PHEC 222: Three Challenges Of Public Health Entrepreneurs

Everyone is interested in diversifying their income these days, and more and more folks in public health are actively exploring various creative options. Over the past year alone, however, Dr. Charlotte Hughes Huntley has worked with a number of public health entrepreneurs who have struggled with some common issues that prevent them from starting their businesses or growing and scaling the businesses they already have.

In today’s episode, we talk about some of the consistent core challenges that entrepreneurs face, including self doubt, your relationship with money, and good old fashioned fear.

We also dive into the ways in which you can overcome these challenges, from knowing your worth to finding a coach to support you in your journey, so make sure not to miss this informative and practical discussion!

Nov 16, 2021
PHEC 221: The Power Of Podcasting In Public Health

Lately, Dr. Huntley has been getting a lot of questions about podcasting, with listeners asking things like, “Is it a good idea to do it for my business?” For this reason, our host has decided to dedicate today’s show to the benefits and challenges of podcasting, and give some recommendations for the uses of a podcast platform.

The show begins with a few updates and behind-the-scenes tidbits. Dr. Huntley talks about the recent tweaks she has made to the focus of the show, and a podcast guide she unearthed while conducting a show notes audit. We hear about how our host has given this guide an overhaul, how it organizes past episodes into four categories, and what a huge help it will be as far as guiding people to the amazing resources to be found in the content covered so far. This acts as a great segue into the main section on how podcasting can help your business and professional branding.

Dr. Huntley talks about how this show has helped her build and connect to an audience by allowing her to provide them with resources and learning. She also speaks about how podcasting has helped some of her clients and wraps up with some of the challenges relating to messaging and consistency.

So if you have been debating whether to start a podcast or not, today’s episode is for you!

Nov 09, 2021
PHEC 220: Creative Public Health Career Resources, With Zoila Reyna

Zoila Reyna had an unusual introduction to public health. Her first job out of college, which she found on Craigslist, involved recruiting youth to be undercover tobacco purchasers for the Federal Drug Administration. This position opened her eyes to the wide ranging impacts of public health on communities, and she was hooked. Zoila’s passion for serving others, and her hard working nature, have taken her from nonprofits, to government organizations, to corporates, and most recently, to the world of entrepreneurship.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Zoila founded Public Health Hired, a company which aims to demystify the public health hiring process and provide support to public health professionals.

In today’s episode, you’ll hear about the path that led Zoila to where she is today, including the rough patches, and the practical ways in which she is now helping other public health professionals reach their full potential.

Nov 02, 2021
PHEC 219: Public Health Communication And Improving Data Access, With Joshua Smith

Navigating your prospective career options can sometimes feel like trying to find something in a fog. You’re stumbling around, doing your best to reach your destination, but you don’t really know what it is you’re looking for until you find it; and then it all makes sense. That is how today’s guest, Joshua Smith, describes his journey into public health. Joshua is an enrolled member of the Klamath tribes and serves as a Health Communication and Evaluation Specialist with the Improving Data and Enhancing Access Project at the Northwest Tribal Epidemiology Center (NWTEC). 

This episode of the Public Health Epidemiology Conversations (PHEC) Podcast is part of a special sponsored series of episodes, offering insights into the Tribal Epidemiology Centers in the US. In Dr. Huntley’s conversation with Joshua, they discuss his perspective on public health, epidemiology, and the impact of tribal epidemiology centers on the tribal communities that he serves.

Oct 26, 2021
PHEC 218: Nutrition Policy And Public Health Consulting, With Stephanie Hodges, MS, MPH, RDN

Since the start of the COVID 19 pandemic, the demand for public health entrepreneurs has skyrocketed. For today’s show, Dr. Huntley hosts a conversation with Stephanie Hodges, a Nutrition Policy and Public Health Consultant. Stephanie is also the founder and CEO of The Nourished Principles, a public health and nutrition consulting firm that works with public and private sector clients to implement effective public health nutrition.

Oct 19, 2021
PHEC 217: A Human Level Approach To Addressing Burnout, with Dr. Jacqueline Kerr

The world of public health has many avenues and much potential for learning beyond its own confines. In this episode, Dr. Huntley has a conversation with Dr. Jacqueline Kerr to learn about her interesting and surprising journey through parts of the public health space. 

Dr. Kerr currently works as a consultant helping her clients create sustainable and scalable change on an organizational level, and she also hosts her very own podcast, Overcoming Working Mom Burnout. The topic of burnout and its prevention has been a more recent area of exploration for Jacqueline, and she discusses how her own experience of these hurdles informed and inspired her work. 

Dr. Kerr is in the top 1% of most-cited scientists, achieving her Masters and Ph.D. in the United Kingdom before coming to the United States in 2004 for a postdoctoral fellowship. Later she worked at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine, transitioning out of that role in 2018 to focus on her own business. 

Her main focus is now on grant writing and the mentorship of academic clients, admitting that her preference is working on the systematic and communal level rather than as a one on one coach. So to hear it all from an energized expert, passionate about the way public health can change the world, listen to the full conversation in this episode!

Oct 12, 2021
PHEC 216: Healthcare Consulting and Public Health, With Nicole Denham, MHA, RN

Dr. Huntley is joined by Nicole Denim, MHA, RN. Nicole is focused on helping to tighten up emergency preparedness and optimize clinical operations for healthcare organizations. She has a strong passion for process improvement and is a founding partner of Clinical Operations Renewal (COR) Consultants. Nicole has worked alongside healthcare leaders across the country to assist them in achieving their desired future and has an incredible amount of experiences and knowledge to share with you. Listen to this episode to hear the full conversation!

Oct 05, 2021
PHEC 215: Administrative Support At Alaska Native Epidemiology Center, With Annie Okpealuk

Today’s guest has learned a great deal about public health through her administrative support role within a public health organization. She joins us to share more about her role as well as her perspective of public health and the impact of the tribal epidemiology centers on the tribal community in Alaska.

Tune in to hear about her entry into the world of public health after having worked in medical billing, substance abuse, and mental health, what her current role involves, and an example of a recent grant that has come in.

She shares some powerful advice for people interested in public health and assures listeners that you don’t have to be an epidemiologist to work in public health, but your knowledge of epidemiology can enrich any support role you may take on.

We hope you join us to hear all this and more!

Sep 28, 2021
PHEC 214: From Public Health Pharmacy To Health Content Strategy, With Megan Freeland, PharmD

You are about to hear an incredible conversation about the intentional journey of an entrepreneur from a public health pharmacist to a health content strategist, with stops along the way that include the CDC, Planned Parenthood, and more.

Sep 21, 2021
PHEC 213: The Intersection Of The Practice of Law And Public Health, With Aila Hoss, JD

This episode is a massively inspiring one. We are lucky enough to welcome Aila Hoss, JD to the show to talk about the intersection of public health, the practice of law, and epidemiology, with a specific focus on how these subjects relate to tribal communities.

Sep 14, 2021
PHEC 212: The Downstream Impact Of Burnout, With Sumana Jeddy, MPH

Burnout can manifest in many ways, starting subtly and suddenly leading to memory loss and other issues. Our guest today is passionate about burnout and the downstream impact that it has on chronic diseases.

Sumana Jeddy is a content creator, influencer, and the founder and CEO of Jeddy Wellness. In this episode, you’ll hear about Sumana’s background in infectious disease epidemiology and surveillance.

Sumana’s interest in public health began when she was studying microbiology, and she owes a credit to a professor who showed her the various directions that a healthcare career can go in. Sumana advises listeners at the start of their careers to develop their purpose by having conversations with professors and taking courses.

She shares a bit about her own episode of burnout, and unpacks how simple symptoms develop into major ones, before telling us how she strategically rebranded herself to begin her entrepreneurship journey, fighting and preventing burnout. Sumana believes that individual health promotes community health and urges listeners to develop a personal wellness strategy in order to teach the community around them.

Her final words of advice are to listen to your body, and develop self-awareness as soon as you can. We hope you join us to learn from this inspiring leader in wellness today.

Sep 07, 2021
PHEC 211: Filling The Gap Between Clinical Health Care & Public Health With Dr. Meghan O’Connell, Great Plains Tribal Epidemiology Center

Today’s guest is a clinical doctor and a public health practitioner, who is working towards bridging the gap between these two somewhat disconnected fields.

Dr. Meghan O’Connell has dedicated her life’s work to the achievement of health equity in the United States, and firmly believes that connecting clinical medicine and public health is an essential element in reaching the goal to eliminate health disparities.

Dr. O’Connell has worked in a number of roles throughout her career, which you will hear briefly about today, but the main focus of our discussion is on the work that she is currently doing with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Great Plains Tribal Epidemiology Center (GPTEC), and tribal communities.

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the existing vulnerabilities of Native American tribes. During the conversation on this episode, Dr. O’Connell shares the challenges she has faced regarding public health data acquisition for these communities. There is a discussion about Dr. O’Connell and the Tribal Epidemiology Centers effort to address these challenges.

Aug 31, 2021
PHEC 210: Training Front-Line Health Workers, With Quisha Umemba, MPH, BSN

Our guest on this episode is Quisha Umemba, CEO and founder of Umemba Health, LLC. Quisha is a Bachelors prepared Registered Nurse with a Masters degree in Public Health. 

During the interview, she explained how having a public health perspective shaped her nursing practice and ultimately the trajectory of her career.

She later explained that once she realized epidemiology wasn't just about diseases but that it included all factors of health, even the social structural factors, then epidemiology became more fascinating.

Key Points From This Episode:

  • An introduction to Quisha Umemba, her broad educational scope, and the wide variety of roles she has held throughout her career
  • What a windshield assessment is, and why it sparked Quisha’s passion for public health
  • The sectors within public health which Quisha has chosen to focus on
  • Quisha's feelings as she moved from clinical care to an administrative role
  • Certification that community health workers can receive Umemba Health 
  • The main goal of Umemba Health 

...And much more!

Aug 24, 2021
PHEC 209: Podcast Title Shifts from "Careers" to "Conversations"

If you’ve listened to the last two episodes, you’ll know that there are some changes to the podcast that I have been working on in the background. Today is the day these changes come to life.

Welcome to the Public Health Epidemiology CONVERSATIONS Podcast! In this episode you’ll hear about why I decided to swap the word “careers” for “conversations” as well as the various other exciting changes I’ve made to my podcast content and my website. 

There are also some brand-new resources I’m going to be sharing with you in the coming months, and I hope these offer a lot of value to you. Thank you for being a part of this journey so far, and I look forward to continuing to learn and grow alongside you through the upcoming open-minded, open-hearted conversations.

Aug 17, 2021
PHEC 208: The Courage To Change, Pivot, and Grow

Our episode today picks up where episode 207 left off. Last week Dr. Huntley outlined some of the challenges facing graduates in the public health industry and how she is adapting her business to address these difficulties. In today’s episode, Dr. Huntley outlines the details of these changes and how they will affect the show.

Tuning in you’ll hear Dr. Huntley break down why she’ll be inviting more guests from other fields onto her show and how she will be tailoring her questions to encompass the broader application of public health principles, no matter the job title.

Dr. Huntley shares her goals for the future of the show like prompting listeners to reflect on how public health principles apply to their role at work. She also shares some of the exciting details for their online rebranding, like a new logo, color scheme, and mission statement.

Tune in for all the details on these exciting changes!

Aug 10, 2021
PHEC 207: 4 Years Consulting, 4 Years Podcasting & A Pandemic

Four years of consulting, four years of podcasting, and one long year of COVID-19; your host, Dr. Charlotte Hughes Huntley, thinks it’s time to change things up a bit!

There are times in our careers, businesses, and life when we need to refresh our plans, make adjustments, and set new goals. The pandemic has made us all acutely aware of this fact.

Any number of things can happen that require us to pivot. It can simply be the result of growth and the need to naturally adjust. Children, for example, need new shoes, new clothes, and even new foods to meet the growing needs of their bodies as they develop.

Over the last few months, Dr. Huntley has been carefully assessing her business in preparation for making some necessary changes. In the process, she attended a CEO retreat where she unplugged from absolutely everything in order to quietly reflect, brainstorm, and explore opportunities for growth.

In this episode, she outlines some of the challenges facing graduates in the public health industry and why she has decided to adapt her business to address them.

Aug 03, 2021
PHEC 206: Child Health and Wellness with Denny MedicineBird, Oklahoma Tribal Epidemiology Center

Denny is the program coordinator of the Child Health and Wellness Program initiated by the Oklahoma Area Tribal Epidemiology Center.

Join us for today’s episode wherein Denny explains how this program is positively impacting child health and wellness through stakeholder engagement and the creation of coherent messages which are disseminated throughout the tribes situated within the Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas borders.

Denny’s passion for his work runs deep, and his work is improving the lives of many.

Jul 27, 2021
PHEC 205: The Marriage Of Nutrition And Public Health, With Bernadette Paul, PhD, MPH

When Dr. Bernadette Paul’s mother was first diagnosed with high blood pressure, she became very aware of some of the health problems in her community and how they could be treated with proper nutrition.

Today, Dr. Bernadette Paul is a public health and nutrition consultant, community specialist, teacher, and a brand new podcast host. She holds a Ph.D. in public health, specializing in health promotion and community health in addition to a master's degree in nutrition. She is also a member of the board of directors of the nonprofit organization The Whole Community Incorporated and the chairperson of the Health Committee of the Wooster Orrville NAACP.

Dr. Paul joins us to share her passion for using nutrition, education, and health promotion to empower families and communities with sustainable methods to eating healthily. Tuning in, you'll hear about how her business came about in response to the need she witnessed in her community, who she serves, and how helps them live more healthy lifestyles through menu planning, pantry planning, vegetable gardens, and other services.

To find out more about the perfect marriage between nutrition and public health, as well as the importance of collaborations between public health professionals, listen to the full episode!

Jul 20, 2021
PHEC 204: Redefining Self-Care For Community Health Workers, With Tasha Whitaker

Our guest on this podcast episode is Tasha Whitaker, a national speaker, author, educator, trainer, and owner of CREW Wellness, LLC., a health education consulting agency that builds capacity and provides professional development training for healthcare professionals.

Tasha redefines self-care to include things like proper time management and shares some simple and practical tips for practicing self-care using a model she calls NICE. She also shares her advice for students looking to pursue a career in public health, as well as those just starting out.

Jul 13, 2021
PHEC 203: Online Exposure And Public Health, With Omari Richins, MPH

Omari Richins, founder of The Public Health Millennial, joins us on this episode to share his public health journey. Omari currently holds the position of health improvement program officer for the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, prior to which he worked in Alaska for 14 months during the COVID-19 pandemic as a community health fellow for the Mat-Su Health Foundation.

In our conversation, Omari shares why he decided to pursue a master’s in public health after realizing that he could have a much broader impact on communities than if he were a medical doctor, and how he first discovered the field of public health philanthropy.

We discuss how public health philanthropy differs from other public health initiatives and why it’s so important for more individuals with a master’s in public health to work in the field of public health philanthropy.

We hear from Omari about how he started The Public Millennial blog and how he gradually grew his online presence and gained more followers. He explains how his online presence has helped him build relationships and why it’s important to be motivated by something other than gaining followers.

Finally, Omari shares valuable advice and tips for students and graduates, most notably the importance of not getting too comfortable and how to build a network. For all this and much more, tune in to the full episode!

Jul 06, 2021
PHEC 202: For the Community, By the Community, Interview with Alejandra Cabrera, MPH

American Indian and Alaska Native tribes have a history of trauma, and to this day are still marginalized in a multitude of ways in the United States. The California Rural Indian Health Board is a program aimed at enhancing the public health status of these demographic groups, and our guest today has been working passionately for this cause for the past 3 years.

Alejandra Cabrera coordinates projects which deal with monitoring health status in tribal communities and developing culturally appropriate health services. The main project she has been involved with is helping these communities respond to the opioid epidemic. Alejandra stresses the importance of building trust, and using a “for the community, by the community” approach.

In today’s episode you’ll also hear how the COVID-19 pandemic impacted the work that Alejandra does, and what the next phases of her inspiring project are going to look like.

Jun 29, 2021
PHEC 201: Public Health in a Post-Pandemic World, Interview with Nebraska DHHS CEO Dannette Smith

Public health is no longer a silent partner, but a major one. Following the pandemic, we’ve all realized that everything must be filtered through a public health lens. Today, we speak with a forerunner in the public health space, Dannette Smith, CEO of the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.

CEO Smith kicks off our interview with an introduction to her professional and personal background. Next, we dive into the role of developing your interpersonal skills as a leader. We talk about the value of experience and preparation, and why being a good listener and always seeking to learn are essential attitudes to have.

We talk about why CEO Smith has taken on jobs that were too difficult for her and discuss the importance of always being on the hunt for opportunities to grow. Next, we dive into the importance of serving from a place of passion and talk about accessibility and communication in healthcare with data as a medium through which to tell that story.

CEO Smith shares with us the ways in which the relationship we have with our public health departments will need to change in order to better serve our people and we touch on Nebraska’s position as a place full of opportunity.

She tells us why policy as we know it is going to drastically change following the pandemic and gives us some predictions for how service delivery will change going forwards.

Tune in today for plenty of valuable insights on leadership and the future of public health with an expert in the field. We hope you join us!

Jun 22, 2021
Why The Best Time To Start Public Health Consulting Is Right NOW!

On this episode, I'm going to talk about why right now is the best time to start your public health consulting business.

Jun 18, 2021
PHEC 200: What I Love About Podcasting, After 200 Episodes
As we celebrate our 200th episode of the Public Health in Epidemiology Careers podcast, I wanted to use this opportunity to share my seven favorite things about podcasting and this journey so far!
First of all, it is important to acknowledge all the listeners and the entire amazing community that has connected around this great platform, it really is something special. When looking back at the last four years of weekly shows, what really stands out are the connections that have been made; podcasting is such a powerful medium to learning and mentoring and these links can reach across the world!
In this episode, we also look at the highlights of learning new technologies, venturing into the unknown, and meeting new folks in the public health space! So here's to another 200 episodes and many more great connections!
Jun 15, 2021
How To Narrow Down Your Public Health Ideas and Start Your Business with Confidence!

On this bonus episode, we are going to focus on how to sort through your public health ideas and build your business with confidence!

Jun 11, 2021
PHEC 199: Top Five Public Health Career Tips and Advice

The doorstep of our 200th episode is a good time to pause and reflect. As we look back on the last 198 episodes, it has been all about sharing career journeys in public health and demonstrating that there are so many different ways for you to use your education to advance the field of public health.

You have heard from a multitude of guests from different backgrounds and walks of life who have shared their path into the field and talked about the work that they do and the diverse ways in which they serve their communities.

In each episode, your host, Dr. Charlotte Hughes Huntley, has asked guests to offer their career advice and tips and, in today’s episode, she shares some of her favorite takeaways. Tune in to hear her top five public health and epidemiology career tips and advice!

Jun 08, 2021
Work Full-time and Run Your Consulting Business, Like a BOSS!

This episode is taken from a LinkedIn Live recording where I share three helpful tips for working full time and running a consulting business.

Jun 04, 2021
PHEC 198: Faith Based Health Promotion Opportunities, with Tonya Nash, MPH
When there is no clear path, make your own. Our guest on this episode had been faced with what could be considered challenges, but which she instead chose to see as opportunities.
Tonya Nash is a passionate advocate for people with disabilities. Her interest in this particular specialization within public health arose when her two sons were diagnosed with autism, and one with epilepsy.
It didn’t take long for her to realize that there is a lack of understanding within many faith-based institutions around how to include people with health issues of this type.
Through the two organizations she founded, Autism Faith Network and Spectrum Public Health Strategies, her goal is to change this, and we are so on board with her mission!
Jun 01, 2021
PHEC 197: Thinking Creatively About Public Health, With Dr. April Moreno

Dr. April Moreno knows how it feels to live with an autoimmune condition, and her diagnosis is what drove her to help others with this type of disease. Autoimmune diseases are pervasive (about one in five people!) but historically have not received much attention.

Dr. Moreno is also passionate about achieving health equity because she is aware of the disparities that currently exist within the realm of public health. Her educational background is diverse; cultural anthropology and health promotions sciences and technology, and she has had a dynamic career, starting two non-profits and hosting three podcasts!

In this episode, you’ll learn a bit about all of Dr. Moreno's ventures and will be pleasantly surprised at the broadness of the public health sector and how many possible paths your interest in this field can take you down.

May 25, 2021
You Will Be Upset If You Miss This

The last day to enroll in the Public Health Consulting & Entrepreneurship EXPO 2021 is May 31st.

Public Health Entrepreneurs Summer Camp starts on June 1st and is only available as a BONUS offer for people enrolled in the EXPO.

On this bonus episode, I’m sharing more details about these programs because you will be upset if you miss out on this.

May 21, 2021
PHEC 196: Empowering Underserved Communities, With Tamara Mason, MPH

Consultant, advocate, professional, entrepreneur; our guest today holds all of these titles, and works across numerous public health silos with a passion that is inspiring.

Tamara Mason’s lifelong dream was to become a doctor but realizations that she had while studying and working led to her interest in public health, and she has never looked back.

In this episode, we discuss the work being done by Tamara’s company, Mason Consulting Incorporated LLC, to provide public health services and solutions to underserved communities. Tamara’s philosophy is based on the fact that communities know what is best for them, which is why her goal is to empower people within those communities.

Tamara also explains why she thinks the silos that exist within the realm of public health are problematic, and how she works across these silos.

We end the episode with some valuable advice from Tamara, for any aspiring public health professionals, no matter what stage of your public health journey you are in!

May 18, 2021
PHEC 195: Doughnuts and Data, Interview with Sitara Weerakoon, MPH & Mee-A Keeton, MPH

The guests featured on this podcast often find creative and fun ways to introduce their community to the world of epidemiology, and today’s guests are no different.

Under the moniker Doughnuts and Data on Instagram, Mee-A Keeton and Sitara Weerakoon encourage their community to explore this field as a viable career option and develop a solid understanding of what can be accomplished through data analysis.

May 11, 2021
PHEC 194: Public Health Veterinary Epidemiology, Interview With Dr. Millicent Eidson
Today we take a special journey exploring the intersection of public health, veterinary medicine, and epidemiology, welcoming Dr. Millicent Eidson to the show!
Our guest has taken her passions for these areas, her well-earned expertise in the field, thrown in some entrepreneurial courage and creativity, and launched a series of books aiming to entertain and educate on the important areas of public health.
Dr. Eidson's fascinating career arc has led her through different positions and institutions and now the latest surprising development has helped her spread her wings into the literary world. In our conversation, we get to hear all about the steps leading up to this moment, her passion for teaching, mentoring, and learning, and her belief in the power of stories!
Dr. Edison shares some great advice for aspiring public health professionals and talks about the usefulness of following your curiosity and passions and taking lessons from the right mentors.
May 04, 2021
Updates About the Podcast, Upcoming Webinars, and Summer Camp

On this bonus episode, I’m sharing three important updates for our public health community. The updates include the podcast, upcoming webinars, and summer camp.

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Apr 30, 2021
PHEC 193: Pricing And Promoting Your New Consulting Services, Coaching Call With Kaitlyn

Whether you are new to the public health space or you have been in the game for years, pricing your services can be one of the most challenging aspects of being a consultant!

Welcome to another Q&A Coaching episode with today’s guest, Kaitlyn Esposito, one of the members of the Public Health Consulting & Entrepreneurship EXPO group and a public health communicator and chronic illness advocate.

Kaitlyn asked several questions during our session that many other public health consultants might have about pricing and promoting your services and products.

Apr 27, 2021
PHEC 192: Intersection of Health and Politics, Interview with Anna Ryu

Prepare yourself to be inspired and amazed by this episode!

Anna, a current student at Tulane University, walks us through her fascinating journey and why she is interested in public health. The field of public health lies at the intersection of her interests (health and politics) and allows her to approach issues with an intricate understanding of different issues.

Anna also shares her experience of working at The Borgen Project and the valuable skills she gained from her internship. As a shy woman, she was encouraged to speak up and saw firsthand what can happen when you make your voice heard.

I was so inspired by Anna and cannot wait to see what the future has in store for her!


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Apr 20, 2021
PHEC 191: Public Health Freelancer, Interview With Melanie Padgett Powers

Melanie Padgett Powers is a freelance writer, magazine managing editor, copy editor and proofreader in the Washington, D.C., area. She has a background in small town journalism and has brought those skills and education into public health where she serves associations and organizations in a very creative way.

On this episode, Melanie shares insights into her fascinating professional path and how she marries the different elements of her diverse skill set. She sheds light on why she is currently interested in racism as a public health crisis and talks about how her work has allowed her to explore different interests over the years. Our conversation with Melanie will inspire you to trust the path you are on and go after your dreams!

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Apr 13, 2021
Grateful, Honored & Encouraged

The first quarter of the year has already passed by, and has left me feeling grateful, honored, and encouraged. I’ve taken time to pause and reflect and would like to share my takeaways with you on this bonus episode.

I’m sure you will find some inspiration and encouragement in this message!


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Apr 09, 2021
PHEC 190: Sorting Through Consulting Ideas, Coaching Call With Meagan

On this episode, I’m sharing another Q&A coaching session with one of the members of the Public Health Consulting & Entrepreneurship EXPO group.

Meagan Erhart is an excellent example of someone with multiple degrees, diverse public health experience, and is trying to narrow down some of the ideas she has about consulting to figure out her starting point.

I often work with clients to help them sort through their thoughts so that they can determine next steps. We rarely solve everything in one session, of course, but this is an example of how to start sorting through some of your ideas for public health consulting.

Listen to this episode to hear how I guided her through this early process of sorting things out.

Apr 06, 2021
PHEC 189: Public Health Career & Business Resources

Are you interested in a public health career?

Are you interested in public health consulting or entrepreneurship?

The Public Health Epidemiology Careers Podcast is filled with resources in every episode to help you reach your career or business goals.

Mar 30, 2021
PHEC 188: 7 Online Networking Tips For Public Health Professionals

What is your networking strategy online? What is your favorite social media platform? How do you reach out to request new connections to add to your network?

It’s time to focus on networking tips! On this episode, I will share seven simple but powerful professional tips that can be helpful for all public health professionals.

Prepare to take notes as you listen to these tips and examples, and decide what works best for you.

Mar 23, 2021
PHEC 187: Easy Public Health Networking, With Chambraia

On this episode, I’m connecting the recording from the LinkedIn live from this week because I want you to hear the conversation. My guest during this LinkedIn live was Chambraia Jones who is a global health professional.

She works as an HIV/AIDS prevention program officer and she is a former client from 2019. It was fun to catch up with her during this meet and greet networking segment. She talked about global health, her career transitions, and shared some great bits of career advice. We had great engagement from the live audience live as well.

Listen to this episode to hear the full conversation.

Mar 16, 2021
Public Health Inspiration, What Others Are Saying

The best way for me to share it is by sharing the feedback from others who have experienced it and who are experiencing it for themselves.

I’m so passionate about promoting the Public Health Consulting & Entrepreneurship EXPO because it is such a unique and valuable resource that is helping to advance public health in a creative way.

We learn so much from the journeys of others who are willing to open up and share.

If you’d like to enroll in the expo then visit

Mar 12, 2021
PHEC 186: From Mechanical Engineering & Aerospace To Public Health, With Vicki Hart, PhD, MS

When she left aerospace, she originally planned to pursue a MS in statistics. In her first year, she took an epidemiology course as an elective and was hooked on public health. Statistics became biostatistics, which led to epidemiology.

On this episode, you’ll meet Dr. Vicki Hart, who is an Assistant Professor at the University of Vermont.  She will share how her career journey has helped her transition into her public health career today.   She also offers informative career tips for students, graduates and professionals.


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Mar 09, 2021
PHEC 185: Where Do I Start, Coaching Call With Sueny

On this episode, I’m sharing a conversation from a Q&A coaching session with one of the members of the Public Health Consulting & Entrepreneurship EXPO group. You’ll be able to benefit from hearing my answers to her questions. You might also find that you’ve had similar questions of your own and hearing this conversation might help you as much as it helped her.

Mar 02, 2021
PHEC 184: United South and Eastern Tribes, Tribal Epidemiology Center, with Imani Ransby, MPH

You’re about to meet Imani Ransby, with the United South and Eastern Tribes, Tribal Epidemiology Center.

The United South and Eastern Tribes (USET) is just one of 12 partner Tribal Epidemiology Centers. Imani started working at USET in January 2020 as a Staff Epidemiologist in the Tribal Health and Program Support department.

On this episode, you’ll learn about Imani’s journey into public health and USET through my interview.

Feb 23, 2021
PHEC 183: How Do I Narrow Down My Ideas For Consulting, Coaching Call With LaQuasha

On this episode, I’m sharing another Q&A coaching session with one of the members of the Public Health Consulting & Entrepreneurship EXPO group.

Dr. LaQuasha Gaddis is an excellent example of someone who is well educated and has years of public health experience, who is trying to narrow down some of the ideas she has about consulting to figure out her starting point.

I often work with clients to help them sort through their thoughts so that they can determine next steps. We rarely solve everything in one session, of course, but this is an example of a great place to start.

Listen to this episode to hear how I guided her through narrowing down her ideas.

Feb 16, 2021
PHEC 182: Learn About The CDC Global Health Fellowship Program, With Christine Caraballo

Many public health students and graduates desire to work with the CDC, but don’t know how to connect with the organization or don’t know much about the opportunities that exist to work with the agency.

My guest on this episode is Christine Caraballo and she is the program manager for the PHI/CDC Global Health Fellowship Program.

She will share her career journey into public health, details about the global health fellowship program at CDC, and share powerful career tips for students, graduates, and professionals.


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Feb 09, 2021
I Wish I Had This When I Was Working On My MPH

Several people have already told me how much they wish they had a community like our EXPO group when they were working on their degree in public health. Tune into this bonus episode to hear updates and to hear what others are saying about the EXPO.

Feb 05, 2021
PHEC 181: How Do I Determine My Niche, Coaching Call With Saran

On this episode, I thought it would be helpful to share my coaching session with one of the first coaching giveaway winners, Saran, of the Public Health Consulting & Entrepreneurship EXPO group.

Saran is an excellent example of someone with years of public health experience, who has been quietly exploring ideas about consulting in their minds but not really having someone to talk it out with and fully explore the options.

I’ve often worked with clients to help them sort through their thoughts so that they can determine next steps

We rarely solve everything in one session, of course, but this is an example of a great place to start.

Listen carefully to hear how I guided her through narrowing down her ideas into a manageable focal point.

Feb 02, 2021
PHEC 180: Alaska Native Epidemiology Center, with Audrey Juliussen & Jordan Skan

You’re about to meet Audrey Juliussen and Jordan Skan, with the Alaska Native Epidemiology Center. The Alaska Native Epidemiology Center (ANEC) is just one of 12 partner Tribal Epidemiology Centers.

My first guest from the Alaska Native Epidemiology Center is Audrey Juliussen is an Ahtna Athabascan and Unangax̂ Alaska Native, and grew up in Anchorage, Alaska.

My second guest is Dr. Jordan Skan, who grew up in Ketchikan and is Tlingit. Dr. Skan provides support for the national Coordinating Center for Good Health and Wellness in Indian Country.

Jan 26, 2021
PHEC 179: Public Health Executive Leadership, With Brittany Marshall, DrPH, MPH

On this episode, you’ll meet Dr. Brittany Marshall and learn about her public health career journey.

Here are just a few things that really stood out to me during the interview

  • She is an Inspiring action-taker
  • Amazing conversation left me in awe of her accomplishments and her passion for public health
  • She “fell into public health by accident”
  • Why she personally chose DrPH vs PhD
  • In-depth discussion about the CDC Public Health Associate Program (PHAP)
  • American Public Health Association (APHA) Executive board – youngest elected member


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Jan 19, 2021
PHEC 178: Public Health Passion For The Latinx Community, With Paulina Sosa, MPH

Meet Paulina Sosa, Chair of Latinx COVID-19 Task Force & Doctoral student at Johns Hopkins Public health informatics program.

She is also the founder of Latinx Voces, which she talks about during our podcast interview and she explains it more fully in the EXPO.

Paulina Is one of the presenters of the Public Health Consulting & Entrepreneurship EXPO and shares her heart for Latinx Voces during the EXPO.


Jan 12, 2021
PHEC 177: Creatively Advancing Public Health

I don’t know about you, but I’m looking forward to a brand new year! The year 2020 was filled with ups and downs for me, as I know it was for many of you as well. One of the ways that I navigated through the tough parts of 2020 was to focus on what could be learned, and how I could be empowered by those lessons to move forward.

On this episode, I’m going to explain why I’m focusing on my business theme of “creatively advancing public health” so strongly for this new year.


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Jan 05, 2021
New Years Announcement

In this bonus episode, I will share a couple of important announcements, as well as officially wish you a Happy New Year.

Jan 01, 2021
PHEC 176: Interview With Forrest Lester & Delores Becenti, Navajo Epidemiology Center

You’re about to meet Forrest Lester and Delores Becenti, with the Navajo Epidemiology Center.

The Navajo Epidemiology Center (NEC) was established in 2005 to manage Navajo Nation’s public health information systems, investigate diseases and injuries of concern, provide data and reports to effectively manage health programs, respond to public health emergencies, and coordinate these activities with other public health authorities.

Navajo Epidemiology Center, is just one of 12 partner Tribal Epidemiology Centers.

Dec 29, 2020
PHEC 175: What is the Public Health Consulting & Entrepreneurship EXPO?

On this brand new episode of the podcast, I’m going to explain to you exactly what the upcoming 2021 Public Health Consulting & Entrepreneurship EXPO is and who it is for. The Expo is one of my favorite project to work on, so you will likely be able to hear the excitement in my voice!

Dec 22, 2020
PHEC 174: The 10 Most Popular Interviews of 2020

On this brand new episode of the podcast, I’m going to share the 10 most popular interview episodes of 2020, as well as a couple of episodes that deserve an honorable mention.  As many of you are continuing to wrap up the year, this could be a great time to catch up on some previous podcast episodes that you may have missed. I certainly recommend all of my podcast episode, but it was a lot of fun to prepare the top 10 list that I’m about to share with you on this episode.

Dec 15, 2020
PHEC 173: Five Strategies To Help You Wrap Up The Year

Learn five strategies that public health students and professionals can use to help wrap up the year and prepare to move forward. Be sure to listen to the full episode, and share with a friend.

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Dec 08, 2020
PHEC 172: Interview With Kristi McClamroch, PhD, MPH, Public Health Connected

Meet Dr. Kristi McClamroch, infectious disease epidemiologist and founder of Public Health Connected. On this episode, you’ll have the opportunity to get to learn about the creative and innovative ways that she is stepping out to advance public health.

Dec 01, 2020
PHEC 171: Interview With Dr. Amruta Dixit, Albuquerque Area Southwest Tribal Epidemiology Center

On this episode, you’ll meet Dr. Amruta Dixit with the Albuquerque Area Southwest Tribal Epidemiology Center, and hear about her journey into public health.

Dr. Dixit is an epidemiologist and the student development director. She talks about how they are serving the needs of their community and supporting the tribes during this COVID-19 pandemic. She also talks about the program focus and activities as well.

Nov 24, 2020
PHEC 170: Take Time To Pause & Reflect

We can certainly all agree that this year has been more than stressful. I think it is important to take time to pause and reflect.  Reflect on what you’ve done, what you’re doing, where you’re going. Doing this helps you to make sure that you are on track with your career and business goals, and to make adjustments as necessary.

Nov 17, 2020
PHEC 169: Black Public Health Student Network With Alexis Hooper and Toni Junious

This particular episode will be a little different than my typical interviews, because it is more student-focused rather than from the perspective of a career professional.

I'm excited to shake things up a bit and hopefully shine some light on the positive activities that my guests are part of, in hopes of it serving as inspiration for other students and schools of public health as well.

You’ll meet Alexis Hooper and Toni Junious of the Black Public Health Student Network at George Washington University, Milken Institute School Of Public Health.

Nov 10, 2020
PHEC 168: Interview With Ivan Juzang, Founder Of MEE Productions

If you are a regular listener of the podcast, then you’ve likely heard a recent special promotional announcement from one of our sponsors, MEE Productions. 

In this episode, you will meet the founder of MEE Productions, Ivan Juzang. Learn about his journey into public health, and his passion to address health disparities and public health issues affecting underserved and devalued communities.

Nov 03, 2020
PHEC 167: Interview With Samantha Lucas-Pipkorn, Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Epidemiology Center

On this episode, you’ll meet Samantha Lucas-Pipkorn with the Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Epidemiology Center, and hear about her journey into public health. Samantha is a Senior Epidemiologist and Program Manager.

She talks about how they are serving the needs of their community and supporting the tribes during this COVID-19 pandemic. She also talks about the program focus and activities before the pandemic to provide a well-rounded view of her work.

Oct 27, 2020
PHEC 166: Interview With Pierre Vigilance, MD, MPH, Population Health Executive

Dr. Pierre Vigilance is a health executive with 20 years of experience from the non-profit, government, and academic sectors.

His primary expertise is in public health operations management, community health strategies, the social determinants of health, and executive education.

He is a systems-level thinker focused on improving health outcomes in underserved communities.

Oct 20, 2020
PHEC 165: Interview With Asya Spears, MS, Biostatistician & CEO Of Rose Data Studio

My guest on this episode is Asya Spears, a Biostatistician and CEO of Rose Data Studio. Asya has a desire to use data for social good and is on a mission to equip others with the skills they need to do the same.

From writing first lines of code to identifying the best visualizations for data, she has guided hundreds of public health professionals as they apply statistical concepts to design programs and complete projects that ensure delivery of high-quality health outcomes for all.

She earned her BS in Mathematics from Spelman College and MS in Biostatistics from the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health.

Oct 13, 2020
PHEC 164: Interview With Araba Assan, MPH, Health Equity Advocate

Araba Assan is an early career public health professional who works at a non-profit public health organization evaluating programs related to tobacco control and prevention and asthma management.

Araba has experience in mental health education and maternal child health research. However, she has always been passionate about public health, and has been a fierce advocate on issues related to health equity and racial justice.

Araba chose public health as a career to help eliminate health disparities and inequities among vulnerable populations. Listen to the full episode to learn more about Araba and her public health career journey.

Oct 06, 2020
PHEC 163: Tribal Epidemiology Centers, Resources & COVID-19 Response

I’ve been fortunate to collaborate with the Tribal Epidemiology Centers to bring you special sponsored episodes, focused on the public health of American Indians and Alaska Natives. On this episode, I’d like to take some time to share a bit more about the organization, share several resources, including their response to COVID-19.

Sep 29, 2020
PHEC 162: Interview With Matthew Fox, DSc, MPH, Epidemiologist and Podcaster

My guest on this episode is Dr. Matthew Fox, who is an epidemiologist and podcaster. Matthew Fox, DSc, MPH, is a Professor in the Departments of Epidemiology and Global Health at Boston University. He joins me to share his journey into public health, which I know you will enjoy.

Sep 22, 2020
PHEC 161: Interview With Christina Haswood, MPH, Public Health & State Legislature

On this episode you’ll meet Christina Haswood and learn about her journey into public health, from her Navajo heritage and culture to her public health work in policy, research, and politics for the state of Kansas.

Christina is a public health professional and a candidate for the Kansas House of Representatives in District 10. If elected, Christina would be just the third Native American in Kansas history to be a state legislature.

I found out during the interview that Christina has been a long time listener of the podcast, and in fact, she listened to the podcast throughout her entire MPH program journey! 

Sep 15, 2020
PHEC 160: Interview with Derick Chia, MPH, Public Health Epidemiologist

Derick Chia is a Public Health Epidemiologist for Ottawa County, Michigan where he facilitates the collection, analysis, and interpretation of health-related data. Derick believes achieving health equity is heavily reliant on systematic data tracking and reporting to inform public health practice and policies.

Over the years, Derick has acquired a diverse background in public health beginning from his hometown in Cameroon, where he worked as a data manager with the Cameroon HIV Free Project, to working with both governmental and non-profit organizations in the State of Michigan on efforts around health disparities, communicable diseases and harm reduction.

Derick holds a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Earth sciences from the University of Buea, and a Master of Public Health (MPH) with emphasis in Epidemiology from Grand Valley State University. Derick is keen on continuously applying his expertise and diverse public health experience to close the disproportionate gaps in healthcare outcomes across disadvantaged communities.

In his free time, Derick enjoys reading, playing/coaching sports, exploring the beauty of Pure Michigan, good coffee and good people.

Sep 08, 2020
PHEC 159: Interview with Shelby Graves, MPH, Public Health Freelancer

On this episode you’ll meet Shelby Graves and learn about her journey into public health, as well as the work that she currently does as a public health freelancer.

Shelby is a Health Policy Analyst, who had earned a Bachelor of Science in Community and Public Health, as well as a Master of Public Health. Her previous work encompassed comprehensive sexual health education, HIV and mental health services, and global health consulting.

She currently engages in community health assessment and planning, using a social justice lens in all aspects of her work.

Sep 01, 2020
PHEC 158: Interview with Chris TallBear, Oklahoma Tribal Epidemiology Center

On this episode, you’ll meet Chris TallBear with the Oklahoma Area Tribal Epidemiology Center, and hear about his amazing journey into public health. He is a talented storyteller and servant leader, providing value to his organization and community.

You’ll also learn about the Oklahoma Area Tribal Epidemiology Center, which is just one of 12 partner Tribal Epidemiology Centers funded by the Indian Health Service’s Division of Epidemiology and Disease Prevention to assist in improving the health of American Indians and Alaska Natives throughout the United States.

Aug 25, 2020
PHEC 157: Interview With Corinna Kelley, MPH, Health Equity Expert

My guest on this episode is Corinna Kelley, who is a leader and advocate for advancing quality public health practices that address health inequalities and impact change in her local community.

Corinna has over 14 years of knowledge and experience working in various Public Health specialties from Infection Control, Emergency Management, Food Safety & Defense, Entomology, Epidemiology, as well as Occupational and Community Health.

Tune in to the full episode to hear about Corinna’s public health career journey.

Aug 18, 2020
PHEC 156: Ask Me Anything, Celebrating 3 Years of Podcasting

It is official! The Public Health Epidemiology Careers Podcast has released a new episode every single week since it started in August of 2017.

This is an amazing milestone! As we celebrate on this episode, I thought it would be fun to have an “Ask Me Anything” episode to address some of your questions.

In the process of preparing for this, we received a lot of questions, and narrowed them down to a manageable list that I could answer on one episode. To make it even more fun and interesting, I decided to bring on my team and answer your questions.

Tune in to this very special episode, filled with questions, answers, laughs, reflection, and insights.

Aug 11, 2020
PHEC 155: Top 5 Lessons Learned, 3 Years of Podcasting

Exciting to be approaching the official 3 year anniversary of the podcast, coming up next week. On this episode, I’d like to share my top 5 lessons learned over the last 3 years of podcasting. There’s been a ton, but I narrowed it down to my top 5 to share with you.

Thank you all for being a part of this community! I appreciate each and every one of you, and I look forward to all of us continuing on the public health journey together.

Aug 04, 2020
PHEC 154: Interview with Tommy Ghost Dog and Celena McCray, Northwest Tribal Epidemiology Center

On this episode, you’ll meet Tommy Ghost Dog and Celena McCray and hear about their journeys into public health. You’ll also learn about the Northwest Tribal Epidemiology Center, which is just one of 12 partner Tribal Epidemiology Centers funded by the Indian Health Service’s Division of Epidemiology and Disease Prevention to assist in improving the health of American Indians and Alaska Natives throughout the United States.

Jul 28, 2020
PHEC 153: Our Public Health Networking Group

Did you know we have a public health networking group for our community? In this episode, I will tell you all about it (including the backstory). We’ve got some exciting new activities coming up, which I will also share with you in this episode.

Jul 21, 2020
PHEC 152: Interview with Keosha Bond, EdD, MPH, Behavioral Scientist and Sexual Health Educator

My guest on this episode is Dr. Keosha Bond, a behavioral scientist and sexual health educator from New York. She and I had such a great time during this interview. 

Before I started recording, we were chatting about a few different things just getting to know each other before the recording officially started.  I often do this with guest and it helps builds rapport and eases their nerves a bit if they’re feeling anxious about the interview.

Dr. Bond and I quickly found out that we have several unique things in common both personally and professionally, and it was simply nice and refreshing to be able to visit with her for a little while.

Jul 14, 2020
PHEC 151: New Public Health Career Advice & Tips eBook

In this episode, I’m going to share the details of a new eBook that my team and I put together, which is now available as a free gift to all new podcast subscribers. I’m going to tell you all about it and how you can get a copy of it for yourself.

Jul 07, 2020
PHEC 150: Interview with Jonathan Davis Arizona, Tribal Epidemiology Center

On this episode, you’ll meet Jonathan Davis and hear about his journey into public health. You’ll also learn about the Inter Tribal Council of Arizona Tribal Epidemiology Center, which is just one of 12 partner Tribal Epidemiology Centers funded by the Indian Health Service’s Division of Epidemiology and Disease Prevention to assist in improving the health of American Indians and Alaska Natives throughout the United States.

Jun 30, 2020
PHEC 149: Racism Really Is A Public Health Crisis

I’ve noticed that many companies have been making public statements regarding systemic racism and bold promises of change. I’ve also noticed several public health organizations making similar statements, saying that racism is a public health crisis. This is the one that has captured my attention, and I’m going to explain why and then what I’d like to do about it.

Jun 23, 2020
PHEC148: Beyond Stressed Out In Public Health

Let’s hit the pause button on everything going on around us for a few minutes and focus on ourselves. As a professional group, we are beyond stressed out and if we don’t pause and take better care of ourselves, then we will not be able to advance our mission. In this episode, I’m transparent, vulnerable with you to demonstrate my point and hopefully help you in the process.

Jun 16, 2020
PHEC 147: Summer Professional Development Tips and Resources

In this episode, I share several resources and tips to help you with your public health career development over the summer.

Jun 09, 2020
PHEC 146: Interview with Nicole Vick, MPH, Public Health Advocate

Nicole is a seasoned and respected public health professional who has strong relationships with community-based organizations, academia, and other stakeholders.

During her 15 years with the local health department she has managed public health programs focused on workforce development, health equity, the social determinants of health, and the impacts of institutionalized racism and other forms of oppression on health outcomes.

Her memoir “Pushing Through: Finding the Light in Every Lesson” will be released Summer 2020. In fact, by the time this episode is published, her book should be available as well. At the end of this episode, I will tell you where you can find the link to her new book.

Jun 02, 2020
Understanding Injustice Jadon Williams

My nephew, Jadon Williams explains injustice. Listen to this message, explained through a story written by this 15 year old young man.  

Warning: It is a very emotional bonus episode.

May 31, 2020
PHEC 145: Interview with Antoinette Medina, California Tribal Epidemiology Center

On this episode, you’ll meet Antoinette Medina and hear about her journey into public health. You’ll also learn about the California Tribal Epidemiology Center, which is just one of 12 partner Tribal Epidemiology Centers funded by the Indian Health Service’s Division of Epidemiology and Disease Prevention to assist in improving the health of American Indians and Alaska Natives throughout the United States.

May 26, 2020
PHEC 144: Get Experience in Public Health Using Online Tools and Technology

In this podcast episode, you will learn about our newest program, Get Experience in Public Health Using Online Tools and Technology.

Most importantly, you’ll hear about this program from those who enrolled early and worked through the program with me while it was in the final stages of development.

My guests on this episode are Courtney Dillingham, Leanne Dumeny, and Danielle Shoemake.

May 19, 2020
Addressing an Old Challenge in a Creative New Way

This message is for current students, and graduates who need experience in public health. 

I am well aware that one of the biggest challenges many students and recent graduates face is lack of experience in public health, and I've created a great solution that addresses this old challenge in a new creative way.

In this bonus episode, you'll learn all about it!

May 14, 2020
PHEC 143: Interview with Quinyatta Mumford, MPH, Mumford and Associates

In a world of pandemics, epidemics and the unknown where communities experience trauma or severe life stressors, it is not uncommon for their health to unravel. Quinyatta Mumford, MPH, CHES, founder of Mumford and Associates, LLC and the heart behind the Curvy Consciousness movement; accepts the call to be the change agent.

May 12, 2020
PHEC 142: Interview with Brittany Prince Evans, MHA, WellStart Initiatives

In this episode, you will meet Brittany Prince Evans, and learn about her journey into public health. She is the founder of WellStart Initiatives, which is dedicated to the development and implementation of strategies that will decrease health disparities.

Tune in to hear details about Brittany’s public health career journey, as well as career advice she shares for public health students and graduates.

May 05, 2020
PHEC 141: Interview with Wyatt Pickner and Crisandra Wilkie, Urban Indian Health Institute

On this episode, you’ll meet Wyatt Pickner and Crisandra Wilkie and hear about their journeys into public health. You’ll also learn about the Urban Indian Health Institute in Seattle WA, which is just one of 12 partner Tribal Epidemiology Centers (TECs) funded by the Indian Health Service’s Division of Epidemiology and Disease Prevention to assist in improving the health of American Indians and Alaska Natives throughout the United States.

Apr 28, 2020
PHEC 140: Interview with Sandra Melstad, MPH, SLM Consulting

Sandra Melstad of SLM Consulting, works to improve the health of rural and urban communities where people live, work, learn and play.

Apr 21, 2020
PHEC 139: Sandra Coker, MD, Founder of Black Girl White Coat

**At the time this episode is published, Sandra is just weeks away from officially being Dr. Sandra J Coker. The title and headings reflect the near future status.**

Sandra Coker is an emergency medicine physician-in-training set to begin her career in the summer of 2020. Born and raised in Houston, Texas, one of the most diverse cities in the country, she found herself immersed in multicultural communities from an early age.

This upbringing, partnered with her passion to serve the underserved, led her to pursue her dreams of becoming an emergency medicine physician with specific focus on diversity and inclusion and social medicine.

Sandra is also the founder of Black Girl White Coat, a social media initiative dedicated to providing motivation, mentorship, scholarship, and representation for students traditionally underrepresented in the various fields of healthcare.

Apr 14, 2020
PHEC 138: Interview with Tameka Ivory Walls, PhD, Public Health Strategist

Dr. Tameka Ivory Walls, is a Mississippi native, currently residing in Greenwood, MS.  She received her PhD in Public Health Epidemiology from Walden University and a Bachelor of Science in Biology/Chemistry and Master of Science in Environmental Science from Mississippi Valley State University.

Dr. Walls has an impressive and extensive public health background.

She has facilitated alliances and collaborations with churches, barbershops, healthcare systems, community based organizations, municipalities, policy makers, and community health workers. Her research experience includes cancer, cardiovascular disease and metabolic disease risk prevention in high-risk populations.

Dr. Walls is a results-driven and team-oriented professional who has worked in the Mississippi Delta training, directing, and leading diverse groups.

Apr 07, 2020
PHEC 137: Interview with Emily Good Weasel, MPH, Great Plains Tribal Epidemiology Center

You are in for a treat! This episode is part of a special sponsored series of episodes. Each month, one of the Tribal Epidemiology Centers will be featured, here on the podcast. The purpose is to raise awareness throughout the public health community of the amazing and important public health work that is being done at each of the centers.

On this episode, you’ll learn about the Great Plains Tribal Epidemiology Center (GPTEC), which is just one of 12 partner Tribal Epidemiology Centers (TECs) funded by the Indian Health Service’s Division of Epidemiology and Disease Prevention to assist in improving the health of American Indians and Alaska Natives throughout the United States. 

Mar 31, 2020
PHEC 136: COVID-19 Tips for Public Health Students and Professionals

In this episode, I share a few tips that will help public health students and professionals during these stressful times of the coronavirus pandemic.

Mar 24, 2020
PHEC 135: Interview with Leonore Okwara, MPH, Public Health Consultant

Leonore Okwara is a public health program manager and consultant. She is specifically trained in managing community-based research programs within the nonprofit, academic, and government sectors. Join me on this podcast episode to learn about her public health career journey.

Mar 17, 2020
PHEC 134: Public Health Career Resource: The EXPO

In this episode, I’m going to share with you 3 MAJOR takeaways from the Public Health Consulting & Entrepreneurship EXPO that will demonstrate why this is a great public health career resource.



Mar 10, 2020
PHEC 133: Interview with William Moore, Certified Perinatal Educator

My guest in this POWERFUL episode is William Moore, who is a health educator for Ramsey County in Minnesota, and a certified perinatal educator. 

William is one of the first of two men in the history of the state of Minnesota to become a certified Doula and Lactation Educator.

He has used his passion for this work to engage fathers in the community and make them a more integral part of the birth process, prenatal and postpartum.

He has earned honors such as the 2019 Sons of Bransford Mentorship award and recognized as a 2019 De Beaumont Foundation 40 under 40 honoree.

William believes all things, no matter how improbable, are made possible when you live by the idea of “doing all things with audacity and vision.”

Mar 03, 2020
PHEC 132: Interview with Dr. Echo Rivera, Creative Research Communications

My guest on this episode is Dr. Echo Rivera of Creative Research Communications.  I first met her through networking on social media and was instantly drawn to her work.  It didn’t take long for us to realize that we shared many common interests, such as business systems, work ethic, passion for our work.  She has a delightful sense of humor and has become one of my favorite colleagues to catch up with and discuss business strategies.

Feb 25, 2020
PHEC 131: Addressing Racism in College 2020

In this episode, I’m going to be vulnerable and transparent about addressing racism on college campuses everywhere. Because we know that racism impacts health, this is a public health topic that I want to address with the public health community.

My apologies for the strain in my voice, but this was one of the most difficult episodes for me to record. The topic is personal, sensitive, and important. It represents an issue that so many people deal with every day.

Although I will discuss the problem, I will also share some resources that I believe are excellent options for addressing this problem right now. 

I’m asking for all of you to listen to this full episode.  We need all hands on deck for this. At the very end, I have one big “ask” of you.

Feb 18, 2020
PHEC 130: Public Health Consulting: Commonly Asked Questions

In this episode, I will address one of the most commonly asked and difficult to answer questions regarding public health consulting and entrepreneurship.  How do I get started? Phrased any number of ways, people want to know how to get started and how to become a consultant.  I’m going to answer a few questions that were submitted by members of my community, in response to one of my surveys.  Afterwards, I will share some resources that you can follow up with.

Feb 11, 2020
PHEC 129: The Public Health Consulting & Entrepreneurship EXPO is Back

The Public Health Consulting & Entrepreneurship EXPO is an online event where a select panel of public health consultants and entrepreneurs, who are passionate about the needs they address and the populations they serve, come together to share their businesses.

I’m excited to announce that the EXPO, our most popular virtual event, is back and better than ever! In this episode, I will tell you all about the expo, when to join live, and how to join on demand.

I will start by explaining what is different from last year, then I will provide a full overview of the expo so that we are all clear and on the same page.

Feb 04, 2020
PHEC 128: Interview with Okey Enyia, MPH, Enyia Strategies Consulting

My guest on this episode is Okey Enyia. Okey works in the Division of Strategy, Policy, Planning, and Requirements at the Department of Health and Human Services. He is also Founder & CEO of Enyia Strategies, LLC, which is a health policy consulting firm.

Jan 28, 2020
PHEC 127: Interview with Amy Moore, Moore Statistics Consulting, LLC

Amy Frances Moore is a creative educator and statistician. Ms. Moore is the owner of Moore Statistics Consulting LLC, a for profit organization which helps doctoral students with the statistical requirements of their doctoral degree. Ms. Moore is also the owner of the Moore Statistics Consulting Foundation Incorporated, a non-profit organization for women doctoral students who cannot afford tutoring services. 

Jan 21, 2020
PHEC 126: Interview with Liz Simpler, MPH, WMC Public Health Consulting

Liz (Elizabeth Simpler) from the Working Mama Collective Public Health Consulting (WMC Public Health Consulting) is a public health professional that has worked for over 10 years with clients and populations to improve health, wellness, and create preventative health measures in fitness and nutrition services. She believes in today’s day and age women shouldn’t have to choose between career and children.

Jan 14, 2020
PHEC 125: Interview with Giana Vasconcellos, MPH, WMC Public Health Consulting

Giana Vasconcellos from the Working Mama Collective Public Health Consulting (WMC Public Health Consulting) joins us in this episode to share the challenges she faced as a new working mother, and the solutions that she came up with to address these issues. She also shares the consulting services that she has available for other working mothers needing help.

Jan 07, 2020
PHEC 124: Preparing for Public Health Careers in 2020

As we wrap up 2019 and prepare to move into the New Year, are you ready?

Dec 31, 2019
PHEC 123: What Is Public Health Career Success?

What does public health career success mean to you? This has come up quite often recently. So, let’s take a moment to talk about what public health career success really means. Addressing this now will help you prepare to move forward and progress toward your career goals.

Dec 24, 2019
PHEC 122: Public Health Career Planning: 5 Important Steps

This episode is part three of a free coaching series that will help you prepare for public health career success.  During this episode, I will share 5 important steps you should follow in your public health career planning.  In case this is the first time you’re tuning in, let me briefly recap what has been covered so far, before moving into discussion of the 5 steps.

Dec 17, 2019
PHEC 121: Public Health Careers: 5 Common Mistakes to Avoid

This episode is part two of a free coaching series that will help you prepare for public health career success.  Let’s now focus our attention on some common public health career mistakes to avoid. As I’ve worked with many clients over the last couple of years, especially this last year, I’ve noticed several patterns. I have narrowed the list down to 5 common mistakes that people often make, and I want to help you avoid them. At the end, I will also share with you an important bonus tip, that will make a huge positive difference for many of you. 

Dec 10, 2019
PHEC 120: Your Public Health Career Goals Are Important

This episode is part one of a free coaching series that will help us wrap up this current year and prepare for public health career success in the new year.  Let’s focus our attention on why your public health career goals are important.  You’d be surprised to know how many people are focused on a title instead of following their heart to serve.  Getting clear at this point makes a huge difference in the long run.

Dec 03, 2019
PHEC 119: Public Health Career Goals, Planning, and Success

In this episode, I introduce a free coaching series that will help us wrap up this current year and prepare for public health career success in the new year.  Before explaining the upcoming coaching series, I take the time to express thankfulness and gratitude for my community and opportunity to serve in public health.

Nov 26, 2019
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 2-year fellowship in Applied Epidemiology at the Hawaii Department of Health.

Besides her work as an epidemiologist she currently hosts a public health and health humanities podcast where she uses science communication and storytelling tools to promote health and wellness within the Hispanic and Spanish-speaking community.

Nov 19, 2019
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 her local community and globally at their current level of health awareness and educate them on simple, effective ways they can live healthier, happier lives. 

She says, It's All About Lifestyle, Exercise, Attitude, and Nutrition!

Nov 12, 2019
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!

Nov 05, 2019
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.

Oct 29, 2019
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.

Oct 22, 2019
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.

Oct 15, 2019
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.

Oct 08, 2019
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!

Oct 04, 2019
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.

Oct 01, 2019
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!!

Sep 27, 2019
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.

Sep 24, 2019
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.


Sep 17, 2019
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.

Sep 10, 2019
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.

Sep 03, 2019
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.

Aug 31, 2019
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 their research experience.  Joining me on this episode is Katie Reget from DePaul University and James Schlitt from Virginia Tech.   

Aug 27, 2019
PHEC 105: Take Action: Professional Networking in Public Health

This Episode:

  • I share a personal story and recent professional networking experience.
  • Final episode of the 3 part series devoted to professional networking. Be sure to listen to part 1 (episode 103) and part 2 (episode 104).
  • In this episode I will recap what we covered during the challenge.  I will also be talking about the programs that are available to help you take action on taking your professional networking to the next level.

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

Aug 20, 2019
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 you go 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 tips from previous guests on the podcast regarding importance of networking, and finally tie the messages together at the end with some key takeaways and action steps for you.
  • This is a coaching session and I’m going a little deeper into this topic because it deserves all of our attention.  So, since I’m putting in the effort to share it on this deep level, I’m asking you to do the same regarding listening.  What I’m about to share will be very helpful for a lot of you.

As a community, students, professionals of all levels, let’s take our networking efforts to the next level.  I have resources to help you do exactly that!  Visit


Aug 13, 2019
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 and followed, I chose to focus my efforts and attention on sharing tips and strategies that help you enter or transition into the field of public health, just like the introduction of every podcast episodes says.
I’m kicking off a three-part career coaching series that will help bring everyone together. If you’re a long-time listener, then this will be a great time of refocusing with me. If you’re relatively new to the podcast, then this will be a great opportunity for you to learn more about what I offer and how I can help. This is for everybody: students, graduates, public health professionals of all levels, and business owners.
With this episode is I’m kicking of a professional networking challenge. I’m challenging you to step up your professional networking and make it a higher priority because it is such an important part of your career strategy and there is always room for improvement.
Aug 06, 2019
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 Dean and Kelly O’Shea, as they discuss their student research experience.

Jul 30, 2019
PHEC 101: Interview with Dr. Rebecca Drewette-Card, President of Public Health Partners

In this episode, I share an interview with Dr. Rebecca Drewette-Card.

Dr. Drewette-Card is the President of Public Health Partners, which is a woman-owned consulting firm based in Maine and serving clients throughout the United States.  She was also one of the cohosts of my first Public Health Consulting and Entrepreneurship Expo held back in March of 2019.  

Dr. Drewette-Card previously worked for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the Public Health Prevention Service.  She has also worked in state health departments in New Mexico, Oregon, North Carolina and Maine. Additionally, she has worked at a small college and a large university. 

Her career has given her both breadth and depth of experience, which has provided her with opportunities to develop a wide-range of public health skills including social marketing, report-writing, intervention development, coalition-building, program planning, evaluation, conference and training development, and public speaking.

Dr. Drewette-Card joins me on this interview to share her journey into public health, and shares some tips and advice for students, graduates, job-seekers, and advice for anyone thinking about building a business in public health. 

Jul 23, 2019
PHEC 100: Reverse the Mic & Real Behind the Scenes
Can you believe we are at episode 100? Wow!
In this episode, I share an interview with you that I believe is the perfect way to celebrate this milestone episode.
If you follow me on social media, then you probably noticed that I was recently featured in a video interview entitled “This Epidemiologist Serves as a Guide to Up and Coming Scientists” and it was for a show called “Your Mark on the World” by Devin Thorpe.
Your Mark on the World publishes their interviews in a video format that also gets published to its website and YouTube channel. There is also a podcast by the same name, where they publish the audio version of the interview as well.
I was thrilled when I was invited to be a guest on the show, and I think you all can appreciate the details and full story behind this experience.
Jul 16, 2019
Free Student Workshop

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Students are LOVING this workshop!

I am helping students begin to think strategically about your career early in the journey, so that you can be better prepared for the transition into the career field upon graduation.⁠ ⁠

A free preview of the workshop is now available in the Career Strategies for Students of Public Health program. ⁠

Visit to enroll.⁠

Jul 10, 2019
PHEC 099: Another Great Resource for Public Health
In this episode, I’m sharing with you another valuable resource and will tell you how you can try it out for FREE!
That resource is Audible. Audible will provide a free trial of their service to listeners of the Public Health Epidemiology Careers Podcast and also provide financial support to the podcast just for sharing and promoting their service. It is a win-win all around because it’s a great resource and I absolutely love using it!
I want to explain what audible is, recommend 3 categories to explore and explain why I’m recommending them, then tell you where you can find the link to start your free trial.
Jul 09, 2019
PHEC 098: Career Resources for Public Health Students and Professionals
This is a coaching episode for both students of public health and professionals who are already in the field of public health. You will want to listen to carefully, think creatively, and check the bottom of this show notes page for details and links.
I’m going to share a valuable resource with you, including some of my favorite examples of use, and then tell you how you can try it out for free. I want you to listen carefully, before you sign up for the free trial. This way you can first narrow down which resource you want to use, and then make the most of your free trial period to determine if its something you want to continue or cancel. In other words, I’m going to help you make the most of the free trial period with what I’m about to share with you.
Jul 02, 2019
PHEC 097: Student Research: Obesity in Sub-Saharan Africa

This episode features an interview with Ifeoma Ozodiegwu, a member of the APHA Epidemiology section, and recent graduate of the DrPH program at East Tennessee State University (ETSU). She joins us to discuss her student research of obesity in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Jun 25, 2019
PHEC 096: What is your biggest public health career challenge?

Recently, I asked our community to name their biggest public health career challenge, the one thing that was preventing them from accomplishing their career goals.  My reason for asking was so that I could direct people toward helpful resources.  I found that some people didn’t realize that resources were available to address their specific challenges.  Some people were aware of the resources, but just not taking action, and others were trying to ignore their challenges and not do anything about addressing them at all.

In this episode I will discuss some of the challenges mentioned in the community, and share my feedback and responses to those challenges.  The information on this episode will help so many more people who are dealing with similar issues to know that they are not alone and that help exists if they want it.

If you are someone who is facing any of the challenges that are discussed in this episode, then listen carefully.  I understand that not everyone will want to use these resources, but I also know that some of you have been looking for these resources and will take action.  It is my goal to make sure that you are aware of what is available to you.  You have options.

Jun 18, 2019
PHEC 095: Interview with Leah Roman, Roman Public Health Consulting

In this episode, you will meet the Leah Roman of Roman Public Health Consulting.  In a previous episode, I mentioned Leah as a great example of professional networking.  Those of you who know her are probably nodding your heads right now.  She is very genuine and networking seems to come naturally to her. 

You may also remember Leah from the very first Public Health Consulting and Entrepreneurship Expo that I held, where she was one of my cohosts.

She joins me on this episode to talk about her public health journey, from employee to consultant and business owner. She also has a few tips for anyone who may be interested in consulting. 

She talks in depth about who she serves in her business, and the course that she created called “Contemplating Consulting: A readiness guide to help public health professionals decide to hit the breaks or take the leap.” 

Listen carefully as Leah describes her online course, and if it is something that you’re interested in, then be sure to listen to the full episode, because I will come back after the interview to tell you about a special offer that she is providing just for my podcast audience

Jun 11, 2019
PHEC 094: Interview with Christie VanHorne, CVH Consulting

In this episode, you will meet the CEO of CVH Consulting, Christie VanHorn.  If her name sounds familiar to you, then you may remember her from the very first Public Health Consulting and Entrepreneurship Expo that I held, where she was one of my cohosts.

She joins me on this episode to talk about her public health journey, from employee to consultant.  She talks about who she serves in her business, her ideal client, the types of services she provides, and what she loves about her role as a consultant.

She also has a few tips for job seekers, that are very similar to what you often hear from me.

I’m confident that you will enjoy this episode. So sit back, relax, and enjoy my interview with Christie.

Jun 04, 2019
PHEC 093: The Samya Rose Stumo Memorial Initiative for Universal Quality Healthcare

In this episode, I share a story, a message, and an opportunity with you all. I encourage you to listen closely, and take action if any part of this message resonates with you. 

The opportunity is a global health initiative, a fellowship opportunity for visionary young women compelled to carry out the work of achieving universal health coverage for those in greatest need.

The story and message is that the initiative is in memory of, Samya Stumo, who died at age 24 in an airplane crash. She was dedicated to reducing obstacles to accessing health care, particularly those faced by women.  Samya is the niece of Dr. Rania Milleron, who was my guest on the podcast, back on episode 74, which was recorded and published before this tragedy occurred.

Dr. Milleron is a regular listener of this podcast, as well as an active member of the developing your public health career strategy program and group. She is a multidisciplinary professional in public health with a passion for policy and advocacy.

Please take the time to listen to episode 74 and learn more about Dr. Milleron and her public health journey.

May 28, 2019
PHEC 092: Why I Do What I Do & Why I Care

This is a great opportunity for me to talk to you about my why. In this episode, I explain why I started this podcast, and created programs. Of all of the businesses I could have started, I explain why I chose to build a business around helping all of you get into the field of public health or transition into public health careers. You’ll better understand why I care so much.

May 21, 2019
Interview with Dr. Donna Elliston, President & CEO of Public Health Solutions Executive Search Firm

Dr. Elliston is a public health executive with extensive work experience with several public health institutions. She is the President and CEO of Public Health Solutions Executive Search Firm (PHS), which serves as the catalyst in connecting mid to senior level professionals with top public health firms.

Dr. Elliston and I are working on ways to combine efforts and better serve our communities. For now, I’d like you to focus your attention on this interview and get to know Dr. Elliston and learn all about PHS.

May 14, 2019
Podcast: Growth, Changes, and Opportunity