Podcast episode transcript & companion document: Disrupting the status quo in public health (Season 1, Episode 3)
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“People are stuck in this powerlessness paradigm, thinking that someone else needs to change the policy, someone else needs to shift the system. And they don't recognize their own power of acting from where they are and taking stock of what do I have influence over? What do I have power over?” – Samiya Abdi (Mind the Disruption, Season 1, Episode 3)
Mind the Disruption is a NCCDH podcast about people who refuse to accept things as they are. It’s about people pushing for better health for all. It’s about people like us who have a deep desire to build a healthier, more just world.
You can consume Episode 3 in two ways: 1) by listening to the episode and/or 2) by reading this episode transcript and companion document.
This episode transcript and companion document, available in English and French, provides a new way to engage with the Mind the Disruption podcast. It includes a written transcript of Season 1, Episode 3 “Disrupting the status quo in public health” with key quotes and related resources to prompt further discussion, reflection, sharing and exploration of action.
About this episode: Samiya Abdi has trained thousands of public health practitioners to recognize the power that each of us has to do something different in the face of health inequities and injustice. Samiya has worked at Public Health Ontario since 2015. She is a community leader, a Black and visibly Muslim woman, and a mother from an under-resourced community in Toronto.
Listen to or read this episode to learn about Samiya’s story: how she’s learned that all these parts of her identity – wearing all her different hijabs – and her strong ties to her communities contribute to her public health expertise; and how she cultivates creative discontent in herself and others to challenge the status quo of persistent health inequities and injustice.
Later in the episode, we speak with Heather Lokko, a public health nurse of over 25 years and the Chief Nursing Officer at the Middlesex-London Health Unit, who champions health equity with intentionality, kindness and persistence. In this episode, you’ll learn from Samiya and Heather – two seasoned public health professionals working at the provincial and local levels – about how to transform public health practice, teams, organizations, and systems from within to support more equitable communities and societies.
Use this resource to:
- facilitate discussion about how to transform public health practice, teams, organizations, and systems from within to support more equitable communities and societies
- learn about pressing health equity and social and structural determinants of health issues and solutions
- explore embedded related resources from NCCDH and others to support public health action to disrupt the status quo
National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health. (2023). Podcast episode transcript & companion document: Disrupting the status quo in public health (Season 1, Episode 3). Antigonish, NS: NCCDH, St. Francis Xavier University.