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The Public Health Joy podcast is all about creative and innovative approaches to public health research and the relationships we build along the way that bring us joy! Join us every 1st and 3rd Friday of the month in the safe space for real and honest conversations about what it takes to transform public health research into life-changing solutions for our communities. This is where research meets relationship and together, we will create our Public Health Joy!

Public Health Joy‪!‬ Dr. Joyee Washington

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    • 4.8 • 12 Ratings

The Public Health Joy podcast is all about creative and innovative approaches to public health research and the relationships we build along the way that bring us joy! Join us every 1st and 3rd Friday of the month in the safe space for real and honest conversations about what it takes to transform public health research into life-changing solutions for our communities. This is where research meets relationship and together, we will create our Public Health Joy!

    S3 Ep14: The Struggle of Navigating the Public Health Workforce as A Black Professional

    S3 Ep14: The Struggle of Navigating the Public Health Workforce as A Black Professional

    Let's be real, it's a struggle being a Black professional in the public health workforce, am I right? We've been resilient our whole lives, what we need is rest, periodt!



    It is no secret that historically marginalized Americans face obstacles in many areas of society, especially in the workforce. However, our experience, culture, and heritage as Black professionals continue to build strength and character by utilizing the lessons we have learned to share with others. We can channel difficult setbacks to assist us in not only making a mark for ourselves in the professional world, but also creating systems that will allow us to pause, breathe, and rest. 



    Joining us on the podcast today is Nicole D. Vick, a public health expert, educator, civic leader, and author who has spent over 20 years providing tools and strategies to improve health and prevent disease in some of Los Angeles County's most underserved communities. Nicole has authored two books and contributed chapters to two anthologies. She also hosts a weekly podcast that discusses critical issues in the Black community from a public health and social justice perspective.



    In today's episode of The Public Health Joy Podcast, Nicole shares her insights on the experience of being a Black professional in the public health workforce, why she didn’t do her doctorate in public health, and why you can bring the public health lens to any space and it proves relevant. We discuss the basic foundation on which public health was established, the impact of our lived experiences, and the importance of community. To hear more about operating in the disconnect and making success for yourself, be sure to start listening now! Enjoy. 


    Key Points From This Episode:


    An introduction to our guest on today’s episode. Nicole D. Vick; public health expert, educator, civic leader, and author. [0:01:00]


    Resonating and relating to the same struggles in the Black public health workforce. [0:02:00]


    Nicole gives us the tea about who she is, what she does, and what she’s got going on. [0:03:00]


    Why Nicole didn’t do her doctorate in public health. [0:04:20]


    Bringing the public health lens to any space, and making it relevant. [0:06:20]


    We delve into a discussion about the foundation of public health. [0:07:00]


    Bringing with you, your lived experiences. [0:11:50]


    Nicole unpacks how she became interested in the workforce. [0:17:20]


    The importance of community. [0:20:55]


    Operating in the disconnect. [0:22:10]


    Making success for yourself. [0:24:25]


    Theory versus practice: why a textbook won’t teach you everything you need to know. [0:28:30]


    Finding the joy in the trenches. [0:33:00]


    Where to find out more about Nicole D. Vick. [0:34:15]




    If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe, rate and, leave a review! For more transcripts, show notes,and more visit: https://joyeewashington.com/public-health-joy-podcast-season-3/

    • 36 min
    S3 Ep 13: From Powerless to Powerful - Shifting the Power Dynamic in Public Health

    S3 Ep 13: From Powerless to Powerful - Shifting the Power Dynamic in Public Health

    Public health researchers and professionals often adopt a top-down approach that assumes that education, resources, or "expert" assistance can empower communities. The truth is communities already have all the power they need. True empowerment requires collaboration to jointly increase control over the factors affecting the lives and well-being of community members.



    To discuss shifting power dynamics and rethinking who holds power in our communities, we are joined by Chinonye "Chi Chi" Egbulem, a seasoned social impact consultant and public health social worker with over a decade of experience. Combining her love for art, politics, and social justice, Chi Chi is committed to advancing equity in communities by designing and implementing effective policies and programs.



    Drawing from her extensive work in youth development, community health, and economic development in low and middle-income areas, Chi Chi shares her insights on the pitfalls of traditional empowerment approaches. She also highlights the importance of leveraging our knowledge and privilege to drive meaningful change, the role of mindfulness-based tools in addressing trauma, and much more!



    For a fresh perspective on empowerment and the collaborative effort required to foster genuine community development, be sure to tune in today!



    Key Points From This Episode:


    An overview of Chi Chi’s work at the intersection of public health and social work. [02:59]
    The problem with empowerment: what it looks like to shift the power dynamic in disenfranchised communities. [10:15]
    Why it’s important to acknowledge and address privilege in public health. [16:39]
    Different forms of activism and some of the reasons language is so powerful. [22:03]
    Mindfulness-based tools that can help marginalized communities process trauma. [23:20]
    How upskilling and identifying your niche will help you find your place in the industry. [26:44]
    Insight into Chi Chi’s research interests and the power of collaboration. [28:23]
    Implementation science, its role in public health, and why intentionality is key. [32:13]
    The joy that advocacy brings to Chi Chi’s work as a public health professional. [35:51]
    How to get in touch with Chi Chi and take advantage of the resources she offers. [39:29]





    If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe, rate and, leave a review! For more transcripts, show notes,and more visit: https://joyeewashington.com/public-health-joy-podcast-season-3/

    • 41 min
    S3 Ep12: Research with Dignity - Putting People First Through Community-Engagement

    S3 Ep12: Research with Dignity - Putting People First Through Community-Engagement

    Researchers can often be disconnected from reality, but preserving the dignity of your community members is paramount to a people-first research process.



    Dr. Rodney Washington is a retired Associate Professor of Early Education and Population Health Science and currently owns Consulting Plus, a health and educational consulting foundation improving health and educational outcomes for communities experiencing high-poverty.



    During this episode, he joins us to share his insights on building relationships by applying cultural sensitivity and serving the community while conducting research. More specifically, we speak about his experiences in Mississippi and why he chooses to stay in his hometown and conduct research with the folks who live there.



    Join us as Dr. Washington shares key insights on how to honor and respect communities when conducting research, and more. Thanks for listening!



    Key Points From This Episode:


    Hello and welcome to Dr. Rodney Washington, public health academic and owner of Consulting Plus. [01:24]


    What he enjoys about the work in Mississippi and how he approaches mentoring others. [03:28]


    Structuring research in a way that gives dignity to the subjects in question. [07:26]


    Building relationships during the research process. [11:03]


    Dr. Washington’s experience of the Robert Wood Johnson Culture of Health Leadership Program. [12:34]


    The mindset shift required to prioritize what communities need over what is necessary for the research. [16:22]


    Countering misinformation in real-time during the COVID-19 pandemic. [19:41]


    Why this work is important and what it can really do for the community. [22:33]


    What brings joy to Dr. Washington’s work. [28:54]




    If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe, rate and, leave a review! For more transcripts, show notes,and more visit: https://joyeewashington.com/public-health-joy-podcast-season-3/

    • 31 min
    S3 EP 11 - The Human Element: The Evolution of Public Health Research and Evaluation

    S3 EP 11 - The Human Element: The Evolution of Public Health Research and Evaluation

    Today on The Public Health Joy Podcast, we speak to Dr. Mary Davis, Lead Evaluation Specialist at Emory Centers for Public Health Training and Technical Assistance, about the importance of the human element in the evolution of public health research and evaluation.



    Dr. Davis has extensive experience with all aspects of public health applied research and evaluation and has provided evaluation capacity-building assistance to a variety of organizations. In this episode, she joins us to reflect on how the mindset and language in applied research, evaluation, and technical assistance training have changed since she joined the field and why people are no longer viewed simply as data points.



    Tuning in, you’ll learn why the “human element” is as valid as quantitative data, why relationships are an essential part of research, and how to demonstrate the importance of these things to relevant decision-makers, particularly when it comes to funding. We also touch on the critical role of diversity, Dr. Davis’ advice for the next generation of researchers and evaluators, and much more!





    Key Points From This Episode:


    The evolution Dr. Davis has witnessed in public health research and evaluation. [02:31]
    Reasons that the human element is just as important as quantitative data. [04:29]
    The critical role that relationships play in public health research. [08:42]
    Keys to ensuring that funding is equitable and beneficial for communities. [11:17]
    How to determine whether an evaluation is relevant to the end user. [15:41]
    Creative and innovative ways to demonstrate the importance of relationship building to decision-makers. [18:55]
    Training the next generation of researchers and evaluators through an equity lens. [21:40]
    Why diversity is important for public health faculty and students, research groups, and the communities they serve. [26:18]
    Dr. Davis’ advice for emerging evaluators looking to make a meaningful impact. [32:35]
    How mentoring the next generation of public health professionals brings her joy. [35:08]



    If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe, rate and leave a comment. For more transcripts, show notes and more visit https://joyeewashington.com/public-health-joy-podcast-season-3/

    • 37 min
    S3 Ep 10: Creating Community-Engaged Solutions as a Public Health Entrepreneur

    S3 Ep 10: Creating Community-Engaged Solutions as a Public Health Entrepreneur

    Welcome back to your safe space for having honest conversations about what it takes to transform public health research into life-changing solutions for communities. Being an entrepreneur in public health requires a certain drive, a specific skill set, and a well-grounded understanding of what it means to engage communities in order to elevate them. Dr. Charlotte Huntley has all of the above, and as Dr. Washington’s mentor in public health, she joins us today to share her thoughts on the importance of creating specific solutions that revolve around a community and its people.



    Dr. Huntley holds a Ph.D. in Public Health with a specialization in Epidemiology, a Master of Public Health, as well as a Graduate Certificate in Clinical Research Administration. She transitioned into public health after working many years in healthcare as a medical technologist in hospital laboratories, specializing in diagnostic microbiology and infectious diseases.



    Dr. Huntley spearheads today’s conversation as we explore the importance of understanding the transferability of one's skills, what community-engaged work actually entails, how to find the right community partners, and why building relationships within a community is the best foundation for transformation. We also reexamine what it means to have an equity mindset, why difficult conversations are vital, and how joy can always be found in both the process and the result. 






    Key Points From This Episode:


    How Dr. Charlotte Huntley became an entrepreneur in public health. [02:52]


    Dr. Washington’s NASA confession. [07:40]


    The importance of understanding the transferability of your skillset. [09:48]


    Gaining a better understanding of community-involved work. [13:50]


    How to find the right partners/organizations for community-engaged work. [21:51]


    The power of building community relationships and allowing those voices to be heard. [25:17]


    Defining equity, why it matters, and how to build an equity mindset. [28:18]


    Why having difficult conversations should be mandatory and not optional. [33:15]


    The goal of bringing more joy to communities, and how joy can also be found in the process of getting to the solution. [34:30]


    What brings Dr. Huntley joy in her work. [35:55]



    If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe, rate and leave a review! For more transcripts, show notes, and more, visit https://joyeewashington.com/public-health-joy-podcast-season-3/

    • 40 min
    S3 Ep 9: Planning Your Processes-Organization for Community-Engaged Research Success

    S3 Ep 9: Planning Your Processes-Organization for Community-Engaged Research Success

    As Benjamin Franklin once said: “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.” Preparation is such an important piece of Public Health work and during this episode, we are joined by a passionate professional supporting entrepreneurs through planning and organizational support.



    Chelsea Yvanda is the Public Health Virtual Assistant. After completing her Master of Public Health and working in the space for a decade, she recognized the need for administrative and operational support for those in a similar field. Today, she brings her knack for organization and her innovative approach to making life simple to Public Health entrepreneurs scaling their businesses.



    Join us as Chelsea shares how her work supports her clients and the joy that she derives from creating the back-end efficiency necessary for them to truly make an impact. Thanks for listening!



    Key Points From This Episode:


    Introducing Chelsea Yvanda and her lifelong relationship with working in Public Health. [01:03]
    Her main goal in creating efficiency for Public Health Entrepreneurs and how she goes about achieving it. [08:55]
    How the Virtual Collab process supports clients in an ever-changing context. [13:48]
    Why planning and creating processes is such an essential ingredient for success. [17:55]
    What the true barriers to outsourcing and systemizing are. [22:16]
    Project management, financial management, and social media tools entrepreneurs should be aware of. [24:50]
    How automating processes facilitates building relationships. [26:58]
    The joy that Chelsea derives from working with her clients. [30:32]

    If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe, rate and, leave a review!  For more transcripts, show notes, and more visit: https://joyeewashington.com/public-health-joy-podcast-season-3/  

    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
12 Ratings

12 Ratings

Chelly Y ,

The Best Podcast

I enjoy listening and learning to Joyee’s podcast. She is so inspiring and brings on amazing guest who share so many amazing nuggets. I highly recommend you tune in !

adiarlouden ,

Thank you, Dr. Washington! :)

Just had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Washington yesterday, and she ended our meeting recommending that I check out a few of her season 2 episodes. I just finished listening, and as current Ph.D. Student? All I can is WOW! I resonate so deeply with a number of her experiences & intentions so far and I think this podcast is great, vulnerable, and open for many Black students and future/current public health professionals.

Healthier Happier Me ,

Highly recommend!

Dr. Joyee is an inspiring public health researcher with a passion for communities. Her podcast is filled with teachable moments where she does an excellent job of making public health research easy to understand. She always helps us find the joy in the work we do as public health professionals. I highly recommend that you check out a few episodes of this podcast, and you’ll quickly see what I mean.

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