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Episode #231 Public Health And Healthcare Thought Leadership, With Dr. Errol Pierre


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


Our childhood experiences shape how we see the world and our areas of interest. This episode'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!


Meet Dr. Errol Pierre


Dr. Errol Pierre has been pursuing Health Equity for the past 18 years. He currently teaches Health Economics at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, NYU’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, and Baruch College. He also works full time for a non-profit health plan. He is a graduate of Fordham University, NYU, and just successfully defended his dissertation for his doctorate of business administration from Baruch College’s Zicklin School of Business. He volunteers as a board member for Arthur Ashe Institute of Urban Health and MediNova, a nonprofit dedicated to providing free healthcare to northern Haiti.


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



Conversation Highlights


  • Who Dr. Errol Pierre is: business executive, leadership coach, healthcare strategist, public speaker, professor and writer, and healthcare thought leader.

  • Where Errol started his career, and why he’s focused on trying to make people as healthy as possible.

  • How Dr. Pierre first became interested in public health.

  • Moving from public health to health insurance: hard work and some serendipity!

  • Find out what public health problem Dr. Pierre is most passionate about.

  • How Dr. Pierre’s consulting work connects with his passion to bring healthcare to those who most need it.

  • Dr. Pierre's advice and experience in attracting the type of work that you're passionate about: volunteering, networking, and creating an online presence.

  • Dr. Huntley’s thoughts on why we are underusing LinkedIn.

  • The lessons you can learn through volunteering.

  • Connecting the dots: how understanding public health has helped Dr. Pierre have an impact on the communities he is passionate about.

  • The importance of talking to, and engaging with the communities that you are trying to serve.

  • How Dr. Pierre’s understanding of epidemiology has helped him when looking at the data from the communities he’s working with.

  • Advice from Dr. Pierre on how to get into, and thrive in the healthcare strategy field: be humble and network as if every day is an opportunity.

  • Dr. Huntley’s takeaways from today’s episodes: Dr. Pierre’s personal connection to his work.


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


What I’ve learned is check your ego at the door and be humble. The wonderful thing about my path has always been, the minute I thought I was the smartest person in the room, I met the smartest person in the room. -Dr. Errol Pierre

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100 Black Men of America

Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health

Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health

NYU’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Service

Baruch College

Baruch College’s Zicklin School of Business


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