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Episode #325 Defining Public Health, In Plain Language

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There is an ongoing need to explain public health to the general public. Although it can feel frustrating at times, this provides us the opportunity to get creative in working to meet this need. Additionally, it provides us with a number of ways to demonstrate our thought leadership, build genuine relationships with people, and grow our networks. In this episode, Dr. Charlotte Huntley together with three innovative and forward-thinking panelists, Zainab Shipchandler, LaShonda Richardson, and Ericka Horne came together to discuss how they go about Defining Public Health, In Plain Language within their communities. Bridging the gap in understanding between the field's complexities and practical explanations for the general public. Tune in as our panelist will delve into the importance of communicating the significance of public health, strategies to articulate its meaning, and practical examples to illustrate how it applies to everyday life.


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Conversation Highlights


  • Introduction of the panelists

  • How each panelist define public health in plain language

  • Population health vs. Individual health

  • Giving specific examples to show public health–in action

  • Gauging your client’s health literacy

  • Explaining public health to individuals with personalized explanations relevant to the audience's understanding

  • The significance of making lifestyle changes and making healthier choices

  • How educating one person in the community can create a chain reaction of understanding, fostering healthier habits and facilitating change

  • Viewing Public Health professionals as a resource

  • How sharing personal health stories and experiences can create a broader impact on the community


"If we understand what it is, the why and the approach, then we can make our own decision. We just need to make sure that we're leading with this truth and understanding of what public health is and how we serve in that area so that people then are open to hear from us and it builds trust.” - Dr. Huntley

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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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