Young Professional Entering Public Health Workforce

Date posted: 
Wednesday, November 18, 2015 - 17:15
Blog poster: 
Solly Poprish
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Hello, and welcome! My name is Solly and I am a new member of the Research and Development Department here at the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) in Denver, Colorado.

I recently moved from Columbus, Ohio to pursue a career in public health. I feel very lucky to be a part of such a diverse and caring organization and I look forward to learning as much about NEHA and its awesome staff as possible.

My intention with this blog is to provide a look into NEHA and the work that we do, talk about my experience as a young professional entering the public health workforce and provide information on environmental health topics that are important and relatable.

I’m lucky to have had an education that has introduced me to the many facets of public health, and even luckier to be working in a field that is so closely related to my education. Though my background is not exclusively in environmental health, I feel that the knowledge that I do have combined with my natural excitement will be useful as I delve deeper into this field.

Environmental health has always captured my interest because it is so ubiquitous but not very easy to see. It is important to step back and think about how the conditions of our environment impact our health on a daily basis, and how different populations feel the effects of their environment differently. It’s a wonderful thing to know that there are people out there making sure that the air we breathe, the water we drink, the food we eat (to name a few things) sustain us rather than harm us.

I recently read a quote by Simon Sinek that represents what I’ve gathered about NEHA during my short time here: “Average organizations give their people something to work on. Great organizations give their people something to work toward.” NEHA strives for the latter.

Thanks for reading,


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Editor's Note: The opinions expressed here are those of the author. They do not reflect NEHA policy, endorsement, or action, and NEHA does not verify the accuracy or science of the contents of the blog.  

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