Collective – group, collaborate, engage, connect, network. Community.
Public Health Collective – a website and blog, intended as a resource to support, engage and showcase the Canadian public health community, both locally and nationally. We aim to feature pieces (opinion editorials, current issues, career advice) relevant to members of the public health community. In the future, we hope to expand to webinars; podcasts; twitter chats.
Reach out to us with your ideas. We would love to hear from you. This is your space as much as it is ours.
My favourite personality test is Gallup’s StrengthFinders 2.0. My latest results tell me that my top strengths are learner, arranger, input, context and adaptability. These strengths are pretty much on point – I do love to learn, I love information and I love getting to know people. Whether it is swimming lessons, languages, strength-training, that Master of Public Health degree from the University of Waterloo in 2014, I love the process of growing from a novice to an advanced level. I get an absolute thrill from something unfamiliar becoming very familiar.
My input and context strengths refer to my need to know, my love for information. I’m quite detail oriented when I’m telling a story and won’t have a problem chatting up a storm with you. I think that’s why I’m a self-proclaimed ‘people and numbers person’. As an arranger, StrengthFinders tells me that I “become bored with only a few things to do” and I “derive joy from assisting my teammates”. I think that’s what brings me to the Public Health Collective. Not only is it a creative learning endeavour, but I would truly like to help build a more connected public health network. I hope you join myself, Priya and the other contributors by sharing your strengths and your diverse experiences. We have so much to learn from each other and I can’t wait to get started!
I found Public Health after an undergrad degree in Genetics and Molecular Biology. I realized that I wanted to work with people and communities; in public health, I found a way to bridge my interest in the biological and social aspects of health. I finished my Masters in Public Health, and have worked at several not-for-profit and government agencies since. I have a special interest in the health of populations with chronic disease in Canada, with a focus on the aging population. I tend to spend an inordinate amount of time thinking or writing about political or social issues and how to build a public health community. This project is one way to make that vision one step closer.