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Profiles in Public Health


Reece Lyerly

MS, Nutrition

1. In one sentence, what is public health to you?

Public health is all about health equity and creating a world in which all persons can live active, healthy, and whole lives.

2. What inspired you to study public health?

I was inspired to study public health after a summer internship program at the CDC, where I discovered that public health integrates my passions for social justice, environmental sustainability, and health.

3. What has been the single most rewarding experience of your career/studies so far?

I am especially proud of the time I spent prior to graduate school when I developed a network and resource center for community gardens in Greenville, SC.

4. What is the one piece of advice you wish someone had given you when you were starting out in public health?

Public health is a broad degree, so identify the areas you enjoy most and develop a speciality early on in your career.

5. What do you think is the biggest challenge that the public health field should be focusing on?

I believe that public health practitioners have an important role to play currently in advocacy towards a health care system that values and supports the health and well-being of all persons.

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