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Episode #278 CDC Public Health Advisor And STEM Entrepreneur, With Naissa Piverger, MPH


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Our guest is an expert in maternal and child health, global health, infectious disease, and public health research epidemiology. At a critical moment in world history, Naissa Piverger found herself caught in the thick of it as a public health advisor for the CDC. While she is still working at the CDC, being involved at the frontlines of COVID gave Naissa access to the pressing necessities of those studying and working in STEM, paving the way for her own career service consulting firm: Piverger Career Services. Our guest walks us through when she first became interested in public health, before detailing the public health issue she is most passionate about and explaining the ins and outs of her consulting business. Then, we learn how her experience in public health and epidemiology has helped Naissa better serve her community and clients, why COVID vaccines have opened many doors of possibility, and why all public health sectors need to embrace the collaborative nature of epidemiology. We wrap up with our guest sharing nuggets of wisdom for those looking to further their careers in STEM. After our conversation with Naissa, we truly believe that anything is possible. To find out why, tune in now!


Meet Naissa


Naissa received her Master of Science in Public Health (MPH) with a concentration in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention from the Icahn School of Medicine after graduating from Caldwell University, where she majored in Public Health Education. Prior to her current role, she worked as a Clinical Research Coordinator at the Population Health Science and Policy department in maternal and child health. She has moderated several focus groups exploring health care discrimination, very preterm births, and severe maternal morbidity. Her commitment to community health was sparked through time spent as a CDC fellow assigned to the Healthcare - Associated Infections and Antimicrobial Resistance (HAI-AR) program where she provided infection control guidance and recommendations to hospitals, assisted living, and long- term care facilities (LTCFs) during the COVID-19 pandemic. Naissa also investigated and implemented control measures for COVID-19 and other infectious disease outbreaks. Her areas of expertise include maternal and child health, global health, infectious disease, and public health research epidemiology. Currently, she works as a Public Health Advisor at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the Immunization Services Division (ISD) and provides career consulting services to students interested in pursuing the STEM field.



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Conversation Highlights


  • Introducing our guest, CDC Public Health Advisor, Naissa Piverger.

  • Naissa’s professional background and her current role at the CDC.

  • When she first became interested in public health.

  • How public health is only now becoming a study option in universities.

  • The public health project she is most interested in and passionate about at the moment.

  • Her entrepreneurial venture: a career service consulting business.

  • A closer look at the primary services that her company offers.

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

  • The industry impact she’s had as a result of her background in public health.

  • Diving deeper into vaccines, specifically for COVID.

  • Positive results in her clients and community because of her understanding of epidemiology.

  • How epidemiology continues to thrive due to its collaborative nature.

  • Why the silos within public health need to be broken.

  • Naissa shares nuggets of wisdom for those looking to forge careers in public health.


Niassa's Career Advice To Public Health Students and Graduates


“Don’t be afraid to take risks, that was something that I had to learn the hard way. [Also], be proactive and seek all opportunities and possibilities. The only reason I got to the CDC was by putting myself out there.” — @NaissaPiverger

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