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Episode #281 Public Health And Passion, With Prince Anyanwu, MPH


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


From Nigeria to the United States, our guest brings a global perspective to the conversation. This episode has a little something for everyone as Prince Anyanwu joins us to discuss his public health professional journey, and in the process shares incredible, multi-level insights to enrich listeners’ lives. Prince believes that passion is the most important ingredient of a successful contribution to public health, and tells a story of creative action prior to academic credentials. You’ll hear all about his unique journey, and the lessons he learned along the way when you tune in. It’s hard not to get inspired by his contagious love for public health and the impact it has on our society. Thanks for listening!


Meet Prince


Prince Anyanwu is a Public Health Specialist at U.S. Air Force. He is Quality Improvement Coordinator at Valley Health Team Incorporation in CA, where he coordinated the organization’s transformation into a Patient-Centered Medical Home model. Prince is a non-commission officer in Air Force California National Guard, and he serves as Public Health Specialist.


During COVID-19, Prince was activated for 2 years as a Disaster Health Volunteer for the state of California. He took on the role of Incident Commander and Chief Trainer and had about 90 healthcare workers who served under his command. He redesigned quick start guides on major respiratory-related equipment for deployment and usage in disaster-exposed operations. Prince’s passion in healthcare is to connect the bridge between communities that are willing to offer high-quality health solutions with communities in shortage of healthcare resources. Prince is a veteran Law Enforcement Officer for both State and Federal Prison systems – where he worked in three different roles.


Prince holds a B.Sc. in Health Administration from Fresno State University and an MPH from National University. He is inducted into the Delta Omega - public health honor society. He is currently a final-year student at Alliant International University, pursuing his doctorate in Organizational Psychology, and he plans to do his research study on healthcare workers' response effectiveness in disaster management. Prince is married to his lovely wife Ebele, and they are blessed with two beautiful girls (8 and 4).



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


Conversation Highlights


  • Welcoming today’s globally-minded guest, public health specialist Prince Anyanwu.

  • Prince introduces himself and shares his career background.

  • His journey to getting an immigrant visa and wanting to work in public administration.

  • Learning about public health at Fresno State in 2008.

  • Joining the military and starting his career in public health administration.

  • The population he is most interested in today: frontline workers.

  • His passion for disaster management and mental health issues.

  • How his understanding of public health helps him to serve his community.

  • Prince’s work as an Uber driver and what he learned.

  • Prince’s advice to listeners: public health requires passion.

  • The best way to connect with Prince online.


Prince's Career Advice To Public Health Students and Graduates


“You don’t really need a degree to function in the public health field. You need passion.” — Prince Anyanwu

Keep In Touch


Prince Anyanwu on LinkedIn

Prince Anyanwu on Facebook

Prince Anyanwu on Instagram

Valley Health Team Public Health Career Coaching

Public Health Entrepreneurs

This episode was sponsored by: AES Consulting Firm


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