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Public Health Epidemiology Conversations Podcast

Episode #336 What is a Chicken Coop?

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You might think that the question ‘What is a chicken coop?’ is pretty straightforward and if you were to ask a farmer, you’d be right. But if you posed the same question to a truck driver, there’s a high chance the answer would be radically different from anything you anticipated. So, what does all this have to do with public health? And what does it matter if farmers and truckers give two wildly different answers? In this episode, Dr. Huntley takes a closer look at the specialized terms we use as public health professionals, how this can often confuse those outside our field, and why learning to communicate clearly and effectively is so important. Tune in to find out how you can learn to improve your communication, listen to feedback, become more receptive to non-verbal cues, and more, in today’s informative and thought-provoking conversation!


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Conversation Highlights


  • Unpacking the question “What is a chicken coop?”

  • The answer you would typically expect from a farmer if you asked this question

  • Why local long haul truckers are likely to give a completely different answer

  • What we can learn from this discrepancy as public health professionals

  • How the terms we use as professionals can confuse people who aren’t in the same industry

  • Why learning to recognize when someone needs further explanation is so important

  • A helpful reminder to be clear and intentional in how you communicate



“I can tell from someone's facial reaction, or body language, whether or not they understand what I mean, or if they know what that term means. And that's an opportunity for me to continue the conversation, to go a little further. We have to sometimes just watch for those cues, and respond.”— Dr. Huntley

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