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Public Health Epidemiology Conversations Podcast

Episode #335 When Work Becomes Personal

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What happens when work spills over into your family and friend conversations? In the case of doing meaningful work, this crossing of boundaries can often lead to revelations, growth, and a greater appreciation for the widespread impact of our work. Welcome to this special episode of Public Health Epidemiology Conversations as we take a slight behind-the-scenes detour to observe how we go about our work here at DrCHHuntley. Zuwena Plata joins us in her capacity as an important member of our data team to reveal the impact that her work has had on her personal life. After getting a sense of her professional background, Zuwena details the work she’s currently involved in before explaining how and why this work affects her personally. We discover what she’s learned from her many professional-to-personal spillovers, how this overflow has improved both her personal and professional life, and what she wants listeners to take from her experiences. We'd love to have more of these conversations that further explain how we go about our work, so please reach out and let us know your thoughts!


Meet Zuwena Plata


Zuwena Plata, MPH is an epidemiologist and monitoring and evaluation specialist with a focus on data quality and data use. She has a diverse range of experiences in the public health space both domestically and internationally, including in the fields of HIV prevention and treatment, latrine usage and other water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) work, respiratory health, neurology clinical trials, and allergy and immunology. Her varied experience informs her person-centered yet data-driven approach to population health, emphasizing the importance of understanding core issues to develop practical sustained solutions.



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Conversation Highlights


  • Zuwena introduces herself by walking us through her professional background

  • The work she does at DrCHHuntley and what she’s currently focused on

  • How Zuwena’s work overflows into her personal life

  • What she’s learned from the many professional-to-personal spillovers she has experienced

  • How the overflow of work into our personal life can actually improves both spheres

  • Zuwena’s final thoughts for listeners


“We’re driven by a passion to help and learn. I don’t think [the work] ever gets old. We have so much to improve on and so much work to do and so much that needs to be done.” — 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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