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Episode #174 10 Most Popular Interviews of 2020


All of our podcast episodes are important, but...


On this brand new episode of the podcast, I’m going to share the most popular interviews on the Public Health Epidemiology Careers Podcast in 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.


The field of public health is so broad!


With a career in public health, there are an unlimited number of ways to target specific populations, health conditions, environmental issues and causes that matter most to you.


My name is Dr. Huntley, and I’m an epidemiologist, consultant, and entrepreneur with a passion for creatively advancing public health.


Whether you are brand new to the podcast or a returning listener, I’m thrilled that you’ve joined me on this episode.


I started this podcast over three years ago in an effort to demonstrate the various ways that my colleagues are serving public health and to inspire creative thinking in everyone who listens to an episode.


Whether you’re simply curious about careers in public health, a current or prospective public health student, a public health professional thinking about options for pivoting into something new or different.


My goal for this podcast is to provide you with insightful inspiring episodes where you get to learn about the career field of public health, including consulting and entrepreneurship.


I strongly believe that if I am able to inspire enough people to engage in careers and start business, targeting the populations and public health issues that are most important to them, then collectively we will improve the health of populations of people from local communities to regional communities, to impacting communities around the world.


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Our Most Popular Podcast Interviews of 2020


1. PHEC 125: Interview with Giana Vasconcellos, MPH, WMC Public Health Consulting

& PHEC 126: Interview with Liz Simpler, MPH, WMC Public Health Consulting


WMC stands for Working Mama collective, which supports the needs of working mothers and corporate wellness. They each talk about the business foundation and how they serve their community. Check out both episodes to gain a full understanding of the business and get to knew each of them individually.


2. PHEC 128: Interview with Okey Enyia, MPH, Enyia Strategies Consulting


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. This is a powerful episode, as Okey openly shares his journey into public health in a very transparent way that includes the many personal lessons learned.


3. 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. On this podcast episode you’ll learn about her public health career journey.


4. 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.


5. 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” was released Summer 2020.


6. 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.


7. PHEC 152: Interview with Keosha Bond, EdD, MPH, Behavioral Scientist and Sexual Health Educator


Dr. Keosha Bond is 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.


8. PHEC 157: Interview With Corinna Kelley, MPH, Health Equity Expert


Corinna Kelley 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.


9. PHEC 159: Interview with Shelby Graves, MPH, Public Health Freelancer


Shelby is a Health Policy Analyst and is also a public health freelancer, 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.


10. PHEC 160: Interview with Derick Chia, MPH, Public Health Epidemiologist


On this episode you’ll meet Derick Chia and learn about his journey into public health, from his childhood in Cameroon as the son of a nurse and police officer to his public health work as an epidemiologist for Ottawa County, here in the United States, which includes COVID-19 investigation.


Honorable Mention


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


If you are a regular listener of the podcast, then you’ve likely heard my 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.


PHEC 169: Black Public Health Student Network With Alexis Hooper and Toni Junious


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. 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.


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