Minkler’s 10 Commitments


Working or studying in public health means that we’re often involved with community health, or a larger population than just an individual.

Many of us have potentially studied community based participatory research (CBPR) through our public health work- and know that aside from just playing nice with your target population…there are a few other, shall we say, commandments, that we need to remember as public health professionals. If you studied CBPR formally, you’ve most likely heard of Dr. Meredith Minkler of UC Berkeley, and her wonderful 10 commitments to working in community health. Continue reading

10 Apps to Help You Adult Better

unnamedAhhh…the smell of recent college graduates.

From all of us who have been there- to all of the newly graduated- welcome. Welcome to the most bizarre/awesome/exciting/stressful time ever. Oh and congrats! You did it! Graduating is one of the most rewarding experiences. You’ve worked so hard toward this goal- and have finally achieved it. You’ve now joined the elite club of MPHers that are out in the world doing some incredible work!

Now, I don’t know about anyone else, but it’s still an odd thing to think of myself as a real life adult. Sometimes I just have to suck it up and pretend. I’m not sure that feeling will ever go away actually. But when I get a little worried, nervous, need some help or just stuck on something in life I have a weird habit to deal with it all and work through everything. I download phone apps to solve it. Continue reading


unnamedLast week for work I attended a community connection health and wellness summit focused on mental health. Since I work for a substance abuse recovery/treatment clinic we attended to speak about co-occurring disorders in those that are seeking substance abuse treatment (and also provided free naloxone kits and naloxone training!!). It was a great event for quite a few reasons, and a wonderful networking opportunity for individuals and groups/programs.

But I’m not here to talk about the event on its own. We’ve all been to health events, talks, and seminars. We know how they go (the good, the bad, and the downright boringggggg). What I am writing about today was an extremely simple take-away message and reminder for us working in the public health and health field in general; wellness. Continue reading


IMG_4863#NewYearNewMe season is about to hit the fan

Insert eyeroll.

Ok, that’s a little harsh.

Anyone who takes the time to reassess what they’ve got going on in their life, and what they would like to accomplish or work on in the coming year deserves some praise and encouragement.

(but can we please somehow do away with the phrase New Year, New Me??!!)

Last year I set some goals for myself to work on or address both professionally and personally. I feel..okay…with how it went. I know I could have worked on some of the tougher options a littttttttle more, but that just means I have a roll over into 2016.

Last year was the first year I took the time to really evaluate myself professionally and career(ally??- can we make that a word) wise. I felt that it was challenging and different to try and tackle and confront all that I needed to improve or wanted to try in 2015 to further myself in the public health field. It was kinda scary. Have you ever sat down and ripped yourself apart, trying to find all of your weaknesses as a potential candidate or employee- and then address how to strengthen those? No? Well you should. I learned an amazing amount about myself, and what I can bring to the table, and I’m sure you can too if you take it seriously and work on it over time.

My suggestion for everyone trying to improve some aspect of their life or public health career this year by setting some resolutions, is to address your career/professional life. Take a few days/weeks and build a plan. Look over some suggestions I’ve provided here: 2016 – and good luck!!