Dec 28, 2020
Kafilat Jimba-Bidmus, PhD is a
Public Health professional passionate about all public health
issues, but particularly focused on mental health, substance abuse,
and health disparities. Her background is in community health
education and health promotion. She has worked on mental
health, early childhood development, substance abuse and health
disparities. She has taken her work virtually and now uses
instagram, youtube, and her website to share public health
education. She is a mother and a wife, has three children,
and loves sewing and cooking.
In This Episode We Cover:
her work at the Institute for Health Disparities influenced her
career path and her passions.
most positive experiences she had working with minority
most challenging experiences she had working with
importance of building trust and engaging.
difficulty of balancing home and professional life.
about her instagram page and how it was created to raise awareness
about mental health and substance abuse.
connecting people with resources is our job as public health
being a mom influences her work.
she chose instagram as her platform, and how engaging there is a
advice for Public Health Professionals who want to go into the
underserved communities, people sometimes don’t have the right
tools or materials or education to care for themselves.
populations are forgotten. It’s frustrating to see that people
don’t know what help is available.
- People talk to you and feel comfortable with
you. Check on them and see how they are doing. Spread
the word in the community.
- People don’t even know what is in front of them
in terms of resources. This takes a collective effort from
public health professionals. We will reach
immigrant communities, most people are afraid because there’s
always been a catch.
you educate people, you empower them to take control and be in
charge of their lives.
- Engage your community and community leaders and
develop trust. Listen to them. Make sure you listen and they
know you are there for them.
relationship should be a lasting one.
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