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Dr. Marta Induni, PHD, Tracing Health Program Director: The Theory Behind The Tracing Health Program

August 1, 2021 | Thought Leadership

Dr. Marta Induni, PHD, Tracing Health Program Director: The Theory Behind The Tracing Health Program,

My name is Marta Induni and I’m the Tracing Health program director. I’ve done a lot of public health work. I’ve been with Public Health Institute for over twenty-five years. The most important part of my job is to create opportunities for staff and lift up communities that have been disproportionately affected by COVID.

Theory in Practice

We’ve taken a lot of theory and talk and goals that public health really has discussed for decades now, and we’ve been able to actually roll it in and implement. And what I mean by that is we’re able actually to act locally for a global issue. One really amazing thing is that we’ve taken a theory, right? A theory where, oh, wouldn’t it be nice if we created more equity, if we created an equitable workforce, if we created a more equitable community and public health for communities in distress? And we’ve really taken those ideas and built it into the fabric of the program.

And so that is really where I think public health has learned a great lesson in that we need to rely on people that are most affected, get their voices, get their action, because they know how to change their communities. They know how to help.

Equity in Public Health

Equity is not is not difficult. It’s an access issue, and so we need to really figure out how to better create access for people, whether it be it vaccines, tests or any public health issue.

Really, if you could, you know, talk about Public Health 101, help with a very highly contagious and deadly pandemic to employ people that have been disproportionately affected, not just recently, but for decades. Right. For maybe centuries, and then not only impact their lives, but then impact the long term. What is public health going to look like? And I’ll tell you, it’s going to have a few hundred new faces in it really soon.

Future of Public Health

This has been an incredible dream job for me. And we talk about how much we work and how many hours and all the all the negotiation, all the collaboration, all the all the intricacies.

This has been an incredible dream job for me. And we talk about how much we work and how many hours and all the all the negotiation, all the collaboration, all the all the intricacies. But but it’s a dream in that we’re really shaping the future. We’re shaping the world. And again, we’re not just shaping it for people who are currently sick, but we’re giving work to people who have been affected economically. And then it’s a dream because we can give back to public health by having the faces of public health change and put pfolks in hard hit communities, in positions in public health, not just as workers, but as leaders. And that’s a dream. It’s a legacy, really. I’m so lucky.

We are Tracing Health

One more thing I really want to say is I’m so grateful to the people that I’ve worked with this last year. We have over five, 500 staff that are really committed. And they’re here because they want to be they want to make a difference for their families, for their communities. And it’s a job we really all feel really good about. We feel strongly this is exactly where we need to be right now. My heart bursts sometimes and we could not do this work without that passion, commitment and a team of dedicated professionals. It’s just really been an amazing story for me.

My one wish is that my work changes the world. Small wish.

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