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Public Health Epidemiology Conversations Podcast


Episode #348 The Interconnectedness of Public Health With Sandy-Asari Hogan, DrPH, MPH

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Public health is irrevocably intertwined into every aspect of what we do in our daily lives, and everybody has a part to play in it. Our guest is an innovative public health leader with expertise in evaluation and social impact strategy. After her first appearance on this podcast five years ago, we are pleased to welcome back Dr. Sandy-Asari Hogan to share more of her journey with us today!

Dr. Hogan is currently the Director of ORS Impact and is dedicated to raising the consciousness of the plight of marginalized populations by building bridges between evaluation, research, and practice that are culturally responsive and equitable. Along with her vast list of accomplishments and her background in public health, Dr. Hogan wears many hats—evaluator, health educator, and community builder. She combines her passion for community and public health by using creative mixed methods and collaborating across sectors and systems, all aimed at making meaningful and strategic social impacts.

Join the conversation to hear more from Dr. Hogan about her journey into public health, where her heart and passion lie, and what her role at ORS Impact entails. We delve into why she believes public health is about social justice, the goal of public health, and how her understanding of epidemiology helps her serve her clients better. Don’t miss out on all this and much more, so tune in now.

Meet Dr. Sandy-Asari Hogan

Dr. Sandy-Asari Hogan is a Director at ORS Impact focused on evaluation and social impact strategy. In her role, Dr. Hogan partners with clients engaged in innovative social change to evaluate aspects of their work that are complex and hard to measure, employing the use of culturally responsive, equitable, and innovative evaluation methods. Sandy builds bridges between evaluation, research, and practice. Prior to this role Dr. Hogan was an Associate/Senior Program Evaluator at Booz Allen Hamilton and has worked as a PPEO (ORISE) Evaluation Fellow in the CDC National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC) on the Division of Analysis, Research, and Practice Integration (DARPI) team. Dr. Hogan has also served as the Maternal & Child Health Director for the Dallas & Fort Worth March of Dimes and worked in the Department of Government Relations at Parkland Health & Hospital System in Dallas, Texas. With over a decade of experience in program planning, evaluation, health equity and policy in both federal and nonprofit sectors, Sandy believes that our power exists in the community, both as individuals and collectively. Sandy blends her love of community and public health with innovative mixed method, cross sector and system approaches that facilitate strategic social impacts.

Dr. Hogan also believes in the power of giving of one’s time, talent, and treasure. Recently, Sandy joined the advisory board of Out of Hand Theater, working at the intersection of art, social justice, and civic engagement. She served as the Vice President of the Urban League of Greater Atlanta Young Professionals (2021-2023) and is the Immediate Past Chair of the American Public Health Association (APHA) InterSectional Council Steering Committee (ISC) (2022-2023). She has served as the past chair of the Public Health Education & Health Promotion section of the American Public Health Association (APHA); President Emeritus of the Society for the Analysis of African American Public Health Issues (SAAPHI) and is a current board member for Black Ladies in Public Health (BLiPH). In addition, Sandy is a 2021 Black Futures Lab Policy Institute Fellow, 2019-2020 Leader in Equitable Evaluation and Diversity (LEEAD) Scholar, a 2020 Leadership Buckhead graduate, a member of the 2021 class of Outstanding Atlanta. Dr. Hogan is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and the Efik National Association, Inc. (her Nigerian tribal community).

Dr. Hogan, a Houston, Texas native, holds a Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) degree with a focus in Public Health Practice and Master of Public Health degree in Community Health from the University of North Texas Health Science Center (UNTHSC) as well as an undergraduate degree in Forensic Science from Baylor University.

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Conversation Highlights

  • A detailed introduction to today’s guest, Dr. Sandy-Asari Hogan

  • Dr. Hogan details her journey to becoming an innovative public health leader

  • She highlights the demographic or population where her heart and passion lie

  • Her role at ORS Impact and the work they do there

  • Why she believes public health, at its core is about social justice

  • The goal of public health: systems to tackle seemingly simplistic, yet complicated problems

  • An applied reflection: understanding epidemiology and how it’s helped her serve her clients.

  • Why she’d be a social epidemiologist (had she the chance to go back)

  • Her advice to anyone considering a path in this space

“Community is everywhere but we have to be intentional about building that community and bringing the best of us to that in order of use to really realize true change and true equity.” — Dr. Hogan

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