Public health is the great equalizer — it affects everyone.
Data plays an integral role in solving the complex problems of public health by providing evidence-based solutions that can benefit the entire population.
In this episode, Cassidy talks with Dr. Aditi Srivastav Bussells, Director of Research at Children’s Trust of South Carolina, about the importance of making data accessible for all, especially those who may have no experience with it.
Aditi is a public health researcher, storyteller, and strategist with a PhD in public health and 10 years of experience in both policy and non profit settings. She focuses her efforts on using research and data to create sustainable and meaningful change for communities and organizations.
Currently, Aditi specializes in the areas of risk behavior prevention, health equity, health communications, and child health with Children’s Trust of South Carolina. She is also running for City Council in Columbia, SC under the belief that you cannot have a healthy economy without healthy people and vice versa. She plans to bring her unique perspective to bear on solving the challenges of the city as it emerges from the pandemic.
What we talked about:
- Working in public health during the pandemic
- Choosing public health over academia and the corporate world
- The day-to-day of dealing with data in a community versus a company
- Changing the story of data depending on the audience and measuring impact
- Educating groups on data with Stat Chats
- Advice for someone getting started in public health data
- Running for city council
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