"...I fell in love with public health. Working within a public health agency has changed me as a person...Public health means giving people more opportunities and with more opportunities the community grows."
Kayla is motivated by a quote from Thomas Carlyle, "He who has health, has hope; and he who has hope, has everything."
"One of the best parts of my job is that every day is different. I get the opportunity to care for patients of all ages and deal with many different health issues. I love Shannon County and want the people here to be healthy and safe, so being able to care for the people of my own community is very rewarding to me."
"What motivates me in my job is helping our clients achieve their goals with kindness and compassion. Sometimes a smile can go a long way."
"What I see as my motivation to succeed in public health is truly trying to help create a happy community. Health is circular, when you are a healthy community you are a happy community. Also, when you are a happy community, health will follow. Environmental Public Health and Emergency Preparedness are not seen in the public eye on a daily basis. It is nice sometimes to sit back and listen to the song of the unsung hero. Just because it may be a quiet song doesn't mean it is not a well composed tune. Keep your joy in whatever you do and watch as your efforts come to fruition."
"Nursing has been true to my heart since I was a young girl. I have had a wide range of opportunities to work in all areas of nursing. I have assisted in bringing people into the world as well as held their hands as they left. I now feel the opportunity I have received by working in public health is to use all that past experience to assist people to live as healthy as possible and avoid acute and chronic illnesses that I have previously assisted them with. There is a quote I received from a very dear nursing mentor . . . 'I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something. And because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.' -E.E. Hale."
"I am engaged in public health because it's what really matters. . . We spend more on illness care than any other country in the world and yet life expectancy has gone down. Only prevention can help our country become healthier and have a better quality of life."
"Every day I see trends in data, and I see things we could be doing better at throughout the state, and just, I'm motivated by numbers, just like seeing where we're at and seeing where the disparities are. Analyzing those trends gets me motivated to try and make a difference and try to examine the root cause of some of these problems and hopefully make the state better."
"I gear up for public health because of my passion of education. I want to educate not only the adult community, but the younger community, so that we grow up healthier."
"How do I gear up for public health? I get really excited to know the partnerships that are being developed and working together to promote a healthier Missouri."
"I think the biggest thing that gears me up is the thought of what kind of a city, what kind of a state, what kind of a world am I leaving for my grandkids."
"When I come to work in the morning, I gear up with my smile. I want to inspire people."
Do you have broad shoulders and a bold presence? We need strong personalities with political finesse willing to advocate for the changes required to achieve public health system transformation.
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