Mitchell Yang

What public health advice would you like to give?

“There will be times when you question if people are worth helping. You will have your days when you feel all that has led up to this moment was an exercise in futility. In those hopeless moments, remember all the people you have helped and the people you can still help to bolster you forward into the next day and the next. Do not let the actions or voices of an individual taint your memories of all the people who have and will value your aid. You work in public health for the people you value, whether that be for a few or for everyone in the community. Remember the people you value in your public health efforts.”

What is your public health story?

“I grew up in a supportive environment in my family, friends, and school, that I know was not available to everyone. I want to make my community just as supportive to enable everyone else the potential to grow and prosper.”

Why do you care about public health?

“I care about public health because people can only grow to their fullest potential when they live in a healthy and supportive community.”

What has been your most challenging public health experience and why?

“My most challenging public health experience was telling a client he had tested positive for HIV and remembering all my training to provide him the best experience to accept the news.”

What is your proudest public health moment and why?

“On my first connection call while training to transfer a patient between hospitals, I deescalated an angry case manager furious at a transfer delay out of her hospital.”

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