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Public Health Epidemiology Conversations Podcast

Episode #316 A Heart For Health And Community, With LaShonda Richardson, MPH

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My guest today is LaShonda Richardson, a public health professional with a heart for health and community. She is also the founder of EMERGE Public Health and Community Development LLC (EMPHCD LLC), which is an organization dedicated to public health advocacy, education, and promotion. EMERGE’s mission is to Educate, Motivate, Empower, Restore, Grow, and Evolve communities with specific emphasis on communities of color. You’ll hear her journey into public health and consulting through our conversation, hosted by Dr. Charlotte Huntley, on this episode.



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Conversation Highlights


  • LaShonda’s introduction, background, and journey into public health

  • As a young child, she knew she wanted to do something related to health and wellness.

  • Lashonda started college focused on the pre-med track.

  • From seeing the family struggles and the things within my community, she decided she wanted to do something within the public health field.

  • She discusses her passion to reduce and eliminate health disparities, because she believes that there are a lot of preventable diseases that plague our communities.

  • LaShonda currently works with individuals, organizations, and communities of color to reduce health disparities through a variety of ways that she discusses on this episode.

  • She discusses how she started EMERGE with an event centered around National Diabetes Month.

  • EMERGE Public Health and Community Development LLC (EMPHCD LLC) is an organization dedicated to Public Health Advocacy, Education, and Promotion.

  • EMERGE’s mission is to Educate. Motivate. Empower. Restore. Grow and Evolve communities with specific emphasis on communities of color.

  • LaShonda shares how the understanding of public health has helped her have a greater impact through her business.

  • She also shares how the understanding of epidemiology has helped her have a greater impact through her business.

  • LaShonda shares a bit of advice for others who may also be interested in this field and the type of work she does.



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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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