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


    MEET DR. EBUN EBUNLOMO!

    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)

    MEET EVI RUZSICSKA!

    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!!!


About Us

The Texas Society for Public Health Education (TSOPHE) is a nonprofit professional organization (EIN 32-0302790) that represents a diverse membership of health education professionals and students across Texas.

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1401 Lavaca Street, Box 1269

Austin, TX 78701, USA

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TexasSOPHE@gmail.com

Phone/Text: 512-387-3720

Fax: 512-599-5958 Attn: Box #1269


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