Why Research is Personal

In the world of public health, research is often thought of as a distant and impersonal part of the work: community outreach workers, health educators, and social workers are out building relationships in the community, and researchers are at their desks crunching numbers. Truth be told, I spend my share of time writing and analyzing data. However, in my experience, research is a deeply personal part of the work we do in public health. Find out what I mean by that and some of the results of a recent research project we conducted in my blog here.

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Iman ShervingtonComment
More Than Good Intentions

Can we agree that context is everything? What does it mean to position a social issue or even the actions of an individual within context? To better understand the relevance of this topic or possibly to deliberately confuse you, read my blog!

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Gabriella RoudeComment
Research for the Culture

All too often, I am amazed by the brilliance and ingenuity of population-based public health research initiatives, yet I am let down when I realize the ways in which many of them lack consideration of the cultural influences among the people they intend to impact. Check out my full blog to see how to I engage with, learn about, and represent people of cultures similar or vastly different from my own.

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Jakevia GreenComment
Knowing What You Don't Know

Wanna know one of the hardest things for a teacher? Coming to terms with not always having the answer. Check out my blog to find out how I’ve dealt with it and what I do when a young person asks a question I may not have an answer to.

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Public Health's Role in the Pursuit of Health Equity

Over the years, there has been progress towards reducing some health inequalities; however, disparities in health outcomes continue to exist in many critical areas such as preterm births and infant mortality, chronic health conditions, HIV infection and homicides. To understand more about health inequity and the role I believe we as public health practitioners and researchers should play, check out the rest of my blog here.

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How to Build Your Students' Autonomy

When teaching a sexual health curriculum it is important to know yourself and the personal
boundaries that accompany this body of work. Check out Caitlin’s blog to help you think through how to discover your boundaries and still provide the information your students need.

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Continuing to Fight HIV Together

I began my career working as a career counselor at several of the local colleges and universities. I found myself yearning to make an impact in the city that I affectionately called home. As a result, I found myself seeking employment in what was at the time one of the most controversial epidemics in the world - HIV/AIDS. Find out what I’ve witnessed over the past twenty years doing this work and what’s on the horizon for treatment and care.

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Be Possessed

My interest in film and photography started when I took a film class in high school, and since then I’ve been on an upward path learning, creating and gaining more experience in my field. Find out how this journey from high school has gotten me into a great internship and on set by checking out my blog.

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Ikeem GeorgeComment
When a Simple Question Turns Into Something Much Deeper

Walking into a classroom, you never really know what you’re going to get. Will the students engage? Are they listening? Will they care? Will the things we talk about really change their behavior? All of these thoughts and so many more cross my mind before I walk into a classroom and I wonder, “what kind of impact will I have today?” Check out the rest of Jessica’s piece to find out how she sees her impact in special moments - “Aha moments!”

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Fighting Opposition for the Win

I am always excited to walk into a new classroom with a new set of faces that I will be teaching a comprehensive sexual health curriculum to. I always take a quick scan to see if they are nervous, jittery, excited, or nonchalant about the thought of sex-ed. For tips on how to make the process most beneficial to students, administrators and parents, check out my blog recounting my experience as a health educator.

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Always Be Evolving - Evolution as Expansion

Evolution comes in many forms, such as spiritual and intellectual, but my personal favorite is the transformation of self. One of the little things I appreciate most in life is the metamorphosis of a caterpillar into a butterfly as metaphorically it is very parallel to my past, present and future. To learn more about my transformation into a butterfly, follow the link below.

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Every Intern Should Know

A professional internship can create a lot of bright opportunities for your future. But successfully adapting to the structure and needs of an organization can be extremely tough, regardless of whether or not you knew about the organization before or if it’s your first time being there. Check out the rest of my spotlight to learn my thoughts on the key to an interns’ success.

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G'kar JacksonComment
At the Crossroads of Social Work & Public Health

My mother swears that my first words were “not fair!” While at the time I was most likely reacting to being the youngest child and only girl in the family, those words predicted the life-long passion I would have for social justice. As I got older, I chose a career in social work so I could address the larger societal issues I saw as being unfair. Looking back on the last few years of my career, however, I can see now just how important it was that I started by working in the community. To find out why it was so important, check out my blog.

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Tracey SpinatoComment
Why We Need to Go Beyond One-Size-Fits-All Strategies to Prevent HIV

As a young person, I often volunteered to do HIV prevention outreach and the messaging was pretty simple and consistent--if you don’t want to get HIV, use a condom every time you have sex. It wasn’t until I got into the field of HIV prevention professionally four years ago that I began to have in depth conversations with people about their own risks during one-on-one HIV counseling and testing sessions. To find out why there needs to be a range of options for HIV prevention, read the rest of my blog here.

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Nothing About Us Without Us

Nothing about us without us! That rallying cry has been a simple, central demand for numerous social justice movements, notably HIV advocates eager to have representation from their own community in policymaking. Its demand is simple; do not make decisions that impact us without including us in that decision-making process. Do not pass policies that impact our lives without including us in the process. Nowhere does this cry feel more crucial than when it comes to policies and decisions that impact the lives of young people.­­ To find out why that rallying cry is so important to me, and to see how youth and adults can get involved in advocacy, read the rest of my blog.

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Steffani BangelComment
Truth Speaking

When I entered the classroom as an English instructor, truth speaking was at the core of my educational philosophy. While some educators relied on invoking fear for classroom management, which ultimately erodes trust and undermines respect, I was fearless in my commitment to sharing truths. Wanna know what I mean by “truth speaking?” You gotta read my blog to find out!

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