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Episode #294 Reproductive Health In Underserved Communities, With Heidi Berthoud, MPH


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Public health is such a wide-ranging field, and through 20 years of diverse experiences in the space, Heidi Berthoud joins us to discuss her career journey. She is passionate about reproductive health and reproductive justice. Making data accessible and usable is a key step in the work she does through her company, Heidi Berthoud Consulting. Heidi works with nonprofits to help them make sense of their health data. By doing so, these organizations are able to provide better solutions to the issues faced by underserved communities. In today’s episode, Heidi talks about her journey to public health, the unequal access to reproductive health in the United States, why having children should always be a choice, her advice for anyone interested in a career in public health, and more!


Meet Heidi Berthoud


Heidi Berthoud (Bear-Too) is an experienced leader who began her public health and social service career at a large non-profit county hospital supporting training teams in the nursing education department. She received her master’s degree in public health from the University of Washington and concurrently completed a global health masters certificate. Heidi has more than 20 years of knowledge and experience in health care research, evaluation, technical writing, public health initiatives, qualitative data collection and analysis, and patient advocacy. Her experience includes working with government, academia, and non-profit organizations and she has been invited to work with Indigenous communities developing and delivering surveys and evaluations. She is the founder and principal consultant at Heidi Berthoud Consulting, LLC where she works with Public Health departments and health and social service nonprofit organizations conducting community health needs assessments, program evaluations, and helping teams collect data they can use to improve their communities. She is passionate about reproductive health, reproductive justice, and making public health data accessible to everyone.



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Conversation Highlights


  • The wide-ranging impact of public health.

  • Insight into Heidi’s love for the outdoors.

  • What drew her to the field of public health.

  • The issue of unequal access to reproductive health in the United States.

  • Work that Heidi is doing to increase access to reproductive healthcare.

  • Why having children should always be a choice.

  • Heidi’s personal struggle with endometriosis and the advocacy work she does in that space.

  • The importance of making data accessible and usable in the fight for reproductive justice.

  • Main goals of Heidi Berthoud Consulting.

  • The success of the community public health needs assessments that Heidi is conducting.

  • Advice for anyone interested in a career in public health.

  • How Heidi made the decision to pursue a master's in public health.


“Explaining the breadth of what public health covers to clients is really eye opening for people. I love pulling back the [public health] lens and telling the story to better connect with clients.” — @heidiberthoud

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DrCHHuntley LLC is a public health consulting firm that specializes in epidemiology consulting, supporting large nonprofit organizations in South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, Mississippi, and Florida that serve Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC). We also provide nationwide public health consulting and epidemiology consulting support to BIPOC organizations across the United States.

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