Graduation Speech: My Contributions In The Field Of Public Health

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Good evening friends, I would like to begin by thanking you all for this prestigious honor. I could not be more proud to be an alumni of such an esteemed university, and it feels so good to be home. I am happy I chose a career that I am passionate about and wanted to make a difference in. When I was told that I had been chosen to receive this award, it made me reminisce all of the advances we were able to make in the public health field. Twenty years ago the field of public health looked much different than today. Through it all, I have faced my fair share of obstacles and I have witnessed failure. However, through hard work and determination, I am proud of the contributions that I have made to this field.
Today the field of public health is recognized as an important part of American lives. Though it is still overlooked in funding, we have made huge strides. Turnock (2012) described public health as the force that is committed to addressing avoidable negative health outcomes and resolving them. Twenty
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After graduation I hit the ground running, I knew what my goals were and I knew there was no way I could ever accomplish any of them if I just sat by idly. The biggest obstacles I have faced in the public health field are media and communicating with the public, and under funding. Jan Carney (2006) wrote that the media is neither friend nor foe. Speaking from experience, Carney was right. Communicating public health messages in a way that the people can understand is a critical part of my job I have needed the media to spread my public health messages to the public; however, there have been times that the media has not portrayed my objectives in the way I had intended. Good communication with the public is beneficial to preventing diseases and promoting health (Carney,

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