Updated: Mar 24, 2020
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.
Meet Okey Enyia
Okey K. Enyia is a native of Chicago, IL. He holds a Master’s Degree in Public Health from Chicago State University. Prior to that, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Biochemistry from Lewis University in Romeoville, IL. He is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Public Health with a concentration in Health Policy from The George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health.
As a Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Health Policy Fellow, he worked for three members of Congress. On the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee he played an instrumental role in signing into law the 21st Century Cures Act of 2016 and other significant pieces of bipartisan legislation.
Okey currently serves in the Division of Strategy, Policy, Planning, and Requirements at the Department of Health and Human Services – reporting to the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response. He is also Founder & CEO of Enyia Strategies, LLC - a health policy consulting firm that provides advising, research support, policy analysis, project management, and legislative strategy for individuals and entities seeking measurable ways to influence policy on issues related to health equity, health disparities, social determinants of health and health in all policies.
His new book "Indisputable: The Story of a Favored Son" can be found on Amazon and Kindle or on his website www.enyiastrategies.com. The book takes the reader on a journey of overcoming adversity to find purpose and passion in preparation for his life's work.
In his spare time, he enjoys traveling, music, reading and giving back to his community as a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
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Okey’s Advice to Students of Public Health
Be open to change.
Maximize your career services center on campus.
Find a few mentors.
Join public health-related or community service organizations.
Invest in self-care.
Okey’s Advice to Graduates Looking to Start Public Health Careers
Get clear on your passions and interests.
Build out your network.
Invest in resume/cover letter/mock interview resources.
Find your tribe(s) of support.
Learn how to package and pitch your value/skill sets to different audiences or potential employers.
Connect with Okey
LinkedIn: Okey K. Enyia
Facebook: Okey K. Enyia