Here in the States, it’s the Memorial Day weekend – which allows for some added rest/relaxation while kicking off the summer season. That means swimming pools are opening up, grills are being fired up and for me it’s a great time to reset and think about the next half of the year.
That reflection time is super important because it gives me a chance to reflect on what has gone well so far and what needs some adjustment in my plans to help you craft your own experience as an innovator of impact in public health. So while I kick that off this weekend, I’ll keep this Dispatch brief.
Since the beginning of the year I’ve gotten a lot more clarity on my strengths and how they can be applied to a vision I have for smart public health impact – I’ve been able to have meaningful discussions about this & here’s what I’ve learned:
- many health professionals are realizing that communications alone aren’t going to make sustainable change
- changing personal behavior is also only one part of the equation
- new skill sets & views on the new world of work are absolutely vital for the next generation (and the current one) to be effective
- learning by doing is essential to being equipped with the innovator’s mindset
Many of the students I connected with after the ceremony reflected these points. Good things are on the way.
Here are the links to the video and transcript of my 2016 Commencement Address to the School of Public Health at the University of Maryland: