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  • June 26, 2024 2:04 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Meet Carlton Allen, MS, CHW, MCHESCarlton is a dedicated healthcare professional with over a decade of experience in cancer prevention and research. As the Program Manager for Prevention at the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT), he coordinates and evaluates crucial prevention programs. Carlton holds a Master of Science in Health Sciences from UT Tyler and has received recognition for his work, including the American Cancer Society's 2021 Volunteer Staff Partnership Award.

    Notably, Carlton serves on the Executive Board of the Texas Society for Public Health Education (TSOPHE) as a General Board Member, where he extends his expertise to support and advance public health education across the state. His commitment to cancer prevention extends to various advisory roles and board positions, making him a influential advocate in the field.

    Q: Can you share a little about your professional trajectory and what brought you to choose a career in public health? 

    A: Of course! My career path in public health has been driven by a deep-rooted commitment to improving health outcomes in underserved and rural communities. As with some in our field, I really fell into public health during grad school, but truly embraced it during my first position right after. My journey began with working with a broad range of chronic diseases, involving evidence-based interventions, working on developing and fostering community partnerships. It has evolved into a passion for advancing cancer prevention and research striving for health equity. This foundation has enabled me to develop comprehensive programs and interventions that resonate with diverse populations that create impactful change along with becoming an advocate for cancer prevention.

    Q: As an active member in various organizations, what strategies have you found effective in fostering collaboration among professionals from diverse backgrounds?

    A: I have found that one of the best ways is by creating inclusive environments. To me this means that I should always look at how to highlight the unique contributions of individuals from diverse backgrounds.  I have also tried to prioritize those that I have had the opportunity to work with and feel comfortable sharing their ideas and perspectives. I have also learned the power that communication can have. This involves actively listening, clear and consistent communication, and lastly being purposeful in choosing the language that I use. 

    Q: What role do you believe public health education plays in chronic disease prevention and research?

    A: Public health education is a cornerstone in the prevention and management of chronic diseases and plays a vital role in how the field continues to grow. At the core, public health education focuses on empowering communities by fostering community engagement and empowerment, encouraging individuals to take active roles in their health and the health of the communities they represent. This coupled with raising awareness and knowledge allows individuals to make informed decisions about their health and puts them in a better position to advocate for themselves and who they represent. 

    Q: What advice would you give to students who want to learn more about pursuing a career in public health?

    A: Ask all of the questions…and when you think you finally have the answers, ask some more! Having a strong educational foundation is good but the hands-on experience and getting involved is critical. I would say 90% of what I know and learned in this field is because of the practical experience through internships, volunteering, and on the job learning. 

    Q: What advice would you give to aspiring public health educators and/or practitioners who want to make a significant impact in chronic disease prevention and research?

    A: Some of the best advice I can give aspiring public health leaders is to learn how to truly immerse yourself in community engagement. Engage with communities to understand their specific health needs, cultural contexts, and barriers and more importantly, involve the community and genuinely get to know your community and the ones you are working in/with better. Lastly, grow your network! Work collaboratively with professionals from various disciplines, build partnerships, and communicate with them often. Collaboration is key!

  • May 21, 2024 4:10 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Dr. Ebun Ebunlomo is a public health expert with a doctoral degree in health promotion and over a decade of experience developing and implementing programs to improve population health across clinical, community, and workplace settings. Dr. Ebunlomo serves on the executive board of the Texas Society for Public Health Education (TSOPHE) as the Treasurer. In this Q&A, she shares insights on her trajectory, the public health field, and tips for students:

    Q: What inspired you to pursue a career in public health education?

    My undergraduate degree in Sociology and Anthropology opened my eyes to the world of "medical anthropology" and showed me that there was so much more to behavior change and there is a science (or diverse fields of study) to helping others change their behavior through education.

    Q: If you had to give one piece of advice to an undergraduate student interested in following a similar career path, what would it be?

    Get involved in professional organizations and network with others so you can continue to stay abreast of new developments and keep learning about what your options are!

    Q: Where do you see the field of public health education heading in the next 5-10 years, and how is the Texas Society preparing to stay ahead of the curve?

    The field of public health education will be greatly impacted by technological advances (i.e., artificial intelligence). This includes the entire continuum - from research to teaching and even in practice. Embracing this new trend and leveraging it to our advantage is vital. To this end, TSOPHE is working to prioritize this topic in future webinars as we engage experts who can share more about "What's on the horizon for AI within the context of public health education?"

    Q: What do you enjoy most about being part of the Texas Society for Public Health Education and serving as its Treasurer?

    I enjoy the collegial nature of this organization; it is inspiring to interact with other colleagues from diverse personal and professional experiences who are passionate about public health issues impacting this great state of Texas! Serving as TSOPHE treasurer has been eye-opening as I am learning more about the financial operations of a non-profit organization as I lend my time and effort in ensuring routine tracking of expenses and proper reporting of paid membership dues. I have picked up a few nuggets about accounting and finances over the past few months.

    Q: How do you stay up-to-date with the latest research and best practices in the field of public health education?

    I attend conferences, webinars, local workshops; and maintain a healthy dose of subscription to professional organizations list servs. I also intentionally choose to review what's new in specific areas of interest on a monthly basis. My students also hold me accountable as their work enrich my knowledge base and help challenge me to see what's new in relation to what I learned a few years, months (or even weeks) ago.

    Q: What has been the most rewarding aspect of your career so far, and what continues to motivate you?

    My students' success - seeing them thrive and do even greater things that I have accomplished in practice - keeps me going, especially when the going gets tough :) Beyond students who I have taught, the opportunity to mentor and share my experiences with others is always rewarding!

    Q: Outside of your work, what are some of your hobbies or interests that help you recharge and maintain a healthy work-life balance?

    I love to spend time with my family and I am very involved in my local church (I sing in the choir). I also enjoy exercising, cooking, hosting others in my home, and traveling.

  • April 30, 2024 8:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Evi Ruzsicska is a rising star in the world of public health education. Originally from Australia, Evi now serves on the executive board of the Texas Society of Public Health Education (TSOPHE), where she holds the role of secretary. In this fun Q&A, Evi shares what inspired her to get involved with TSOPHE, the parts of her role that she finds most rewarding, and her bold ideas for elevating public health education throughout the Lone Star State.

    Q: What inspired you to get involved with the Texas Society of Public Health Education? 

    I was lucky enough to attend the TSOPHE conference in Austin last year, and all of the beautiful minds coming together in the same space made me excited about getting more involved in this space!

    Q: What's your favorite part of your role as secretary so far? 

    Connecting with the rest of the team! We’re really lucky to have such an eclectic, passionate bunch of professionals from different backgrounds serving this year. Getting into the same room or Zoom call and smoosh our brains together is really special.

    Q: If you could wave a magic wand and change one thing about public health education in Texas, what would it be?

    Ooft! I’ll be honest, I’m an Aussie and still relatively new to Texas, so I’m still learning a lot about the development, delivery, and distribution of public health education here, but a couple of things come to mind immediately!

    One, I’d love to see MORE!

    Two, I would love to see MORE programs that help improve people's health literacy. I see a lot of poor health literacy in the clinic and on the front line, so creating avenues to get people involved and excited about their health would be brilliant!

    Q: What's the most interesting podcast, book or article you've learned from lately related to public health?

    I really have been enjoying This Podcast Will Kill You. It’s hosted by a couple of epidemiologists/ disease ecologists, and they’re just SO COOL.

    Q: If you had to describe the Texas Society of Public Health Education in just a few words, what would you say?

    A rocking team with a rocking dreeeeaaaam!!!

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