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Episode #256 Looking Back, Why I Started This Podcast


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


It’s been five incredible years of the Public Health Epidemiology Conversations podcast and today we take a look back at how it all began. Our host, Dr. Huntley, walks us through the main reason she started this podcast, what she hoped to achieve by using the podcasting platform, and some of the difficulties she experienced as a new podcaster. We come to understand that the concerns of the public were the driving force behind this podcast’s creation, and how she wanted to impart information about public health in a personal, relatable way. Consistency is paramount to a successful podcast and you’ll see how being consistent helped this podcast grow. Dr. Huntley wanted to refocus people’s attention on the core values of public health, tune in to find out how she was able to achieve this goal! Look out for the upcoming webinar, From Careers to Conversations: Celebrating Five Years of the Public Health Epidemiology Conversations Podcast.



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Conversation Highlights

  • Reflecting on the past five years since the beginning of the Public Health Epidemiology Conversations podcast.

  • Answering some of the public’s questions regarding this podcast: why it started, how it started, and how it grew.

  • The reason why Dr. Huntley started this podcast: as a response to the concerns of the public.

  • A flooded inbox that lit the fuse.

  • Using podcasting as a platform to answer more questions and reach more people.

  • Entering the unfamiliar world of podcast creation.

  • Answering questions about epidemiology in a more personal and relatable way.

  • How the first few episodes of the podcast were her answering questions from LinkedIn.

  • Reaching out to colleagues and friends to be guests.

  • How the podcast grew by being shared by its listeners.

  • The importance of consistency in podcasting.

  • Making the commitment to publish one episode a week for a year on a specific day, and later committing to a specific time.

  • Consistency as a vehicle for growth.

  • How being original helped the podcast flourish.

  • The mission of getting people to refocus on the core values of public health.

  • Getting onto the same page about the purpose of this podcast and who it’s for.

  • Using this podcast to be a part of the change that Dr. Huntley wants to see.

  • From Careers to Conversations: Celebrating Five Years of the Public Health Epidemiology Conversations Podcast, an upcoming webinar.



"Being a fan of podcasts is not the same as starting your own podcast. Let’s make that really clear. It was really scary." - Dr. Huntley

"I wanted to get people away from titles and more to the meaning and the cause and the mission of public health." - Dr. Huntley



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