Join Leonore Okwara, MPH as she brings awareness to public health issues in the African American Community.
44. Addressing Health Equity by Expanding Healthy Food Access
Nkechi Michel, MPH, CHES is a Public Health Advocate and Educator for the Obesity Prevention Program, SNAP-Ed in Sacramento, CA. Working in community health, she loves helping people and being on the ground. Her biggest passions include nutrition and environmental racism. She is the Founder of @thatpublichealthchick, her Instagram platform where she loves to share public health messages and engage with people virtually. Queenivism is her website where she has a public health merchandise line of clothing and accessories that she designed to get people sharing, thinking about and promoting public health, health equity, and activism.
In This Episode We Cover:
Her decision to initially go into nursing and how she quickly decided to pivot into public health. Her experience starting out as a peer-health educator. Her current position at the CA Department of Health SNAP-Ed program and her focus on obesity prevention, increasing food access, and improving the food environment overall. How the pandemic has shifted her work to more virtual platforms. The different community partners she works with and the community’s receptiveness to her public health education. All about her Instagram platform @thatpublichealthchick, how and what she decides to post, and her engagement with the public health community. What she is doing to promote and work towards health equity. All about her merchandise line and how it is helping spread the message and increase awareness around public health, activism, and health equity. Advice for Public Health Professionals:
Start by taking a class. Take public health 101 and see where it takes you. Reach out to people who are already doing the work. It’s a matter of doing research, exploring, reaching out to folks already doing it, asking questions, and volunteering. See what it is that can be done in public health. Feel it out and see what impact it can really make.
Instagram: @thatpublichealthchick Website: queenivism.com
43. Creating Conversations Around Mental Health, Health Equity, & Self-Care in Communities of Color
Theresa Alphonse, MPH is a Public Health Professional, Educator, and Writer. She has a public health focus on community health, health equity, working with the population who receives Medicaid, and immigrants. She is the Founder and Executive Director of What’s on Your Mind, A Nonprofit 501c3, whose mission is to normalize conversations around thoughts, emotions and feelings in communities of color. She started What’s On Your Mind five years ago because she wanted to get down to the real issues of the community. So she went out and started having conversations with people, and as it grew, so did the services, events, and offerings making big impacts in communities. What’s On Your Mind does street outreach, workshops, active listening sessions, and a podcast. A true renaissance woman, she’s also a poet, a performer and an Airbnb host.
In This Episode We Cover:
What her nonprofit work focuses on: mental health, self-care, and mindfulness. The next new exciting chapter in What’s On Your Mind’s work. Her work as a Health Equity speaker and how it has evolved. How she created health equity committees and why they have been so successful. Her key strategies for engaging with the community. The importance of your own self-care. How therapy has been a great support in her life. Advice for Public Health Professionals:
If it’s your passion, go for it! Jump in and see what you like.
Website: www.woyminc.org Email: email@example.com Instagram, Facebook, & Twitter: @woyminc LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/theresa-alphonse-mph-94635a62/ Podcast: https://www.woyminc.org/podcast
42. Opening the Door to Public Health Career Success Through Honesty, Persistence, and Using Transferable Skills
LaTonya Bynum, CEO, MPH, CHES serves as Principal Consultant and Founder/CEO of URA Resource Center, LLC with a combined total of over twenty years of experience in Retail Sales, Public Health, and Health Information Technology. URA Resource Center, LLC, a public health consulting firm and federally registered government contractor, specializes in 3 key areas: creative/technical writing, public speaking/training, and research/data analysis. She is the author of “Tools for Career Success: 101 Answers to FAQs about Public Health” and “Mind Ya Busi-ness: Are You Okay?” She’s also a wife and a mother of three living in Conway, Arkansas.
In This Episode We Cover:
Her journey from secretary to entrepreneur and CEO of her public health consulting firm. When COVID hit, how she re-structured her life to make sure she had the time to do what was most important to her while maintaining some peace. How being a “translator” in Public Health gave her an edge. How she turned her passion for writing into a career. Why she loves working with new public health graduates the most. Her two books: Tools for Career Success: 101 Answers to FAQs about Public Health” and “Mind Ya Busi-ness Are you Okay?” Where she gets her content inspiration. Why helping others find economic stability is her public health passion. How she started and found success helping public health professionals study for and pass the CHES credentialing test. The three areas of responsibility that are most important to know to pass the exam. Her top 3 tips for succeeding in the field of Public Health. Advice for Public Health Professionals:
Make sure to market your credentials. Don’t be scared to put all your alphabet soup out there. Stay consistent at it and be willing to work that 365 days. Sometimes when our faith isn’t as strong as it could be, we sometimes get weak along the way and give up too early.
Website: https://latonyabynum.com/ Email: firstname.lastname@example.org LinkedIn: @latonyabynum Instagram: @sisspeakslife Facebook: @latonya.stewardbynum Twitter: @sisspeakslife Buy Latonya’s books: Tools for Career Success: 101 Answers to FAQs about Public Health” and “Mind Ya Busi-ness: Are You Okay?” If you would like to share your public health or community engagement work on the podcast, complete the questionnaire here.
41. Health and Wellbeing: Manage Stress, Meditate, and Manifest
Kendra Julien, MPH, MHFA, CCWS is a certified Corporate Wellness Specialist with a certification in Mental Health First Aid for adults. She has eight years of public health experience and has done work in maternal and child health with a focus on environmental health and vaccine-preventable diseases. She is passionate about employee and women’s health and wellbeing, including managing stress and practicing self-care. Kendra has experience in stakeholder engagement, planning and executing programs, and overseeing day-to-day logistics for multiple activities and events. She has coordinated and conducted meetings and training for health professionals such as registered nurses, physicians, pharmaceutical representatives, and social workers on various health topics. As an advocate for public health, Kendra believes that health education encourages people to make well-informed lifestyle choices and plays a significant role in increasing personal awareness.
In This Episode We Cover:
Her role as a adolescent immunization health educator that educates the community, parents, healthcare professionals about the HPV vaccine Her desire to share resources related to women's health through in-person and virtual events Her goal to help people prioritize themselves How she is making an impact in the area of health and wellbeing by increasing awareness through in-person and virtual education, sharing resources, and collaborating with other public health professionals. Her wellness event, "Manage Stress, Meditate, and Manifest" happening on Thursday, January 14th at 6pm EST How the work she is doing is moving towards achieving health equity Advice for Public Health Professionals:
Take some time to do your research to find your passion because there are so many concentrations in Public Health. Do something that resonates with you because you will be able to provide the community with the proper resources, great communication, and genuine engagement.
Instagram: @healthandwellness_guru Email: email@example.com Register for the wellness event here If you would like to share your public health or community engagement work on the podcast, complete the questionnaire here: https://www.publichealthresearchconsulting.com/podcast-guest-application/
40. Using Social Media to Share Public Health Messages
Kafilat Jimba-Bidmus, PhD is a Public Health professional passionate about all public health issues, but particularly focused on mental health, substance abuse, and health disparities. Her background is in community health education and health promotion. She has worked on mental health, early childhood development, substance abuse and health disparities. She has taken her work virtually and now uses instagram, youtube, and her website to share public health education. She is a mother and a wife, has three children, and loves sewing and cooking.
In This Episode We Cover:
How her work at the Institute for Health Disparities influenced her career path and her passions. The most positive experiences she had working with minority communities. The most challenging experiences she had working with communities. The importance of building trust and engaging. The difficulty of balancing home and professional life. All about her instagram page and how it was created to raise awareness about mental health and substance abuse. How connecting people with resources is our job as public health professionals. How being a mom influences her work. Why she chose instagram as her platform, and how engaging there is a two-way street. Her advice for Public Health Professionals who want to go into the virtual space. Stand-Out Quotes:
In underserved communities, people sometimes don’t have the right tools or materials or education to care for themselves. The populations are forgotten. It’s frustrating to see that people don’t know what help is available. People talk to you and feel comfortable with you. Check on them and see how they are doing. Spread the word in the community. People don’t even know what is in front of them in terms of resources. This takes a collective effort from public health professionals. We will reach everyone. In immigrant communities, most people are afraid because there’s always been a catch. When you educate people, you empower them to take control and be in charge of their lives. Engage your community and community leaders and develop trust. Listen to them. Make sure you listen and they know you are there for them. The relationship should be a lasting one. Reach Out:
Website: https://publichealthtalks.com LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kafilat-jimba-bidmus-phd-mph-a9557a5/ Instagram: @publichealthtalk Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCynhwl52la0V9WsbGPnD04w/videos If you would like to be a guest on the Public Health Culture podcast, complete the podcast guest questionnaire here.
39. Community Engagement and Research: Invitation for Professional Development and Collaborative Opportunities!
In this episode, I discuss how you can become involved in the work I am doing in 2021!
Seeking Community-Based Research Opportunities During Undergraduate/Graduate School or Gap Year (January 14th at 7pm EST)
Frances Dean, BSHP, Founder of Create, Critique, and Revise Wizard, where she has served 100+ clients from the Public Health and STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math and Medicine) field since the company’s establishment in October 2018.
Leonore Okwara, MPH, Founder of Public Health Research Consulting helps current and future community-focused researchers engage communities of color in research and manage community-based participatory research studies to meet the needs of the community and the funder.
1. Understand the process of CBPR and how to avoid the "savior complex"
2. Learn how to prepare for a career in community-based research
3. Learn concrete ways to seek positions in this field
Research in Communities of Color Virtual Summit
View the recordings from the inaugural summit
Complete the form to participate in the 2021 summit as a volunteer, presenter, or sponsor.
Interested in sharing best practices from engaging the community in your research? Join me in an informal discussion about your work and engage in a Q&A with attendees.
Sign up here.
Join the Public Health Research Network LinkedIn group for a collaborative space to share and learn best practices related to everything research.
Program Management Masterclass (January 28th at 7pm EST)
No time to dedicate to planning out the administrative steps to make conducting community-centered research activities easier? Are you interested in learning how to develop a program management plan to help you organize and track activities? This is for you if you are confused as to how to effectively manage the many moving parts of a research study.
Public Health Culture Podcast Guest
Interested in being a guest on the Public Health Culture Podcast? Complete the questionnaire and schedule the episode here.
Network with Other Public Health Professionals!
Questions about a career in research? Reach out to:
Leonore Okwara, MPH (Community-based research and program management)
Asya Spears, MS (Statistics)
Andrea Durham, MPH, CCRP (Clinical research)
Angela Brown, MPH (Aspiring Public Health Nurse)
Want to connect with the Research in Communities of Color Summit Presenters?
Teneasha Washington, PhD Whitney Hewlett Noel, MPH Jacque-Corey Cormier, PhD Marline Edmond, MCIS, CHES Alisa Howard, CHW-I Joyee Washington, MS, MPH, CHES Andrea Durham, MPH, CCRP Lee Bowen, MPA, CIP, CHRC Okey Enyia, MPH Sherilyn Garner, PhD Tasena McDonald, MPH
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