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Episode #226 Fan Favorites, “Own Your Journey”


On This Episode Of The Public Health Epidemiology Conversations (PHEC) Podcast


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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Conversation Highlights

  • An introduction to today’s show: a fan-favorite episode.

  • What it means to Dr. Huntley to receive feedback from a listener.

  • Loyal listener Andrea Levy describes her favorite episode and why it inspired her so much.

  • The opportunity Dr. Huntley had to speak to a group of health science graduates.

  • The pandemic and other factors she considered when preparing her speech.

  • How Dr. Huntley’s friends and family responded to her speech and why she regards this as the highest honor.

  • What led Dr. Huntley to decide to share her speech on this podcast episode.

  • The context of her speech “Own your journey.”

  • How starting a health career during a pandemic adds an extra layer of challenges.

  • The existence of a workplace-classroom contradiction where things are done differently in each context and how this may be more amplified due to the pandemic.

  • Reassurance to graduates that they are ready.

  • The first of three things that will help you own your journey: Follow your curiosity.

  • The second tip: be teachable.

  • Tip number three: remember the team.

“Follow your curiosity, remain interested, ask questions, and take action on things that you find interesting at work.” — Dr. Huntley

“Be confident in what you know but regardless of how much you know, there’s always more to learn, so be teachable.” — Dr. Huntley

“Get to know your colleagues, respect your colleagues, and always remember that we, as health professionals, whether you’re healthcare or public health, we are all on the same team.” — Dr. Huntley

Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode


Episode #213 The Intersection Of Public Health, Law, And Epidemiology, With Aila Hoss, JD


Public Health Career Coaching


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