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Episode #230 Public Health Research And Practice, With Nakeitra Burse, DrPH


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


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!


Meet Dr. Nakeitra Burse


Nakeitra L. Burse, is the Owner/CEO of Six Dimensions, a certified woman owned, minority owned public health research, development and practice company. Dr. Burse has been a servant in the field of public health for over twelve years. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Biological Sciences and Master’s in Health Education Health Promotion both from Mississippi State University. She also holds a doctorate in Public Health from Jackson State University.


Dr. Burse is dedicated to understanding the impact of systems on the health of communities. Her work is centered around health equity and social justice issues and ensuring that populations that have been historically underserved, overlooked, and discriminated against receive equitable treatment in health and healthcare settings.


Dr. Burse is the Executive Producer of the short documentary, Laboring with Hope. The film highlights the issues of maternal morbidity and mortality among Black women. Laboring with Hope is being used as a call to action to implement, support, and uplift strategies that aim to improve maternal health and birth outcomes. Dr. Burse’s work has been featured in a variety of settings, including Soledad O’Brien’s Disrupt and Dismantle series on BET.


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




Conversation Highlights


  • An introduction to today’s guest, Dr. Nakeitra Burse, and her public health research development and practice company in Mississippi.

  • How she came across health education and public health.

  • Her heart to serve people in public health, particularly maternal health.

  • The four departments her research is based in.

  • The documentary they produced to address Black maternal health.

  • How the understanding of public health helps her to better serve her community.

  • What she learned about community and barriers while working as a personal trainer.

  • The ecological environment - where people live work and play, and how that impacts decision making.

  • How she has had to reframe her conversation to move into a consulting space.

  • Why she believes it’s so valuable to define where you want to go and what you want to do.

  • Why it’s so important to evolve, seek opportunities, learn, and develop your skills.


Dr. Burse's Career Advice To Public Health Students and Graduates


“It’s about defining where you want to go and what you want to be and put that in your language from Day 1, and then not being afraid to evolve.”

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