Nishita Matangi, MPH

What is your public health story?

“I “discovered” public health when I transferred to Santa Clara University from De Anza College and was planning for a pre-health track. I took a few classes and fell in love with the people and community focus of the field. During my internship I realized this was what I saw myself doing in the future. After graduating from SCU and taking a year off I graduated with an MPH from Loma Linda University which opened several opportunities to practice public health communication and inspired me to complete a Media and Medicine program at Harvard Medical School. This past year I’ve created public health content for a few organizations including an optometrist office and a wellness center at a high school. In addition I’ve had the opportunity to be a part of the MoVax team for Santa Clara County. I’m looking forward to starting a Social Welfare and Social Research PhD program at the Loma Linda University School of Behavioral Health. My interest is in how gaps in health information/communication can cause health inequities, especially in marginalized communities.”

What public health advice would you like to give?

“When you see or hear any type of health advice always do your homework. Understand the data, the message and find the source. When you give advice share information in a way that is relatable, but always provide the source for more information.”

What is your favorite public health experience and why?

“My favorite public health experience was creating and implementing a health and hygiene class at an orphanage in India. This experience is what truly uncovered my passion for public health and inspired me to pursue global health.”

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

“Sitting through a pandemic and seeing the deaths, the physical effects on individual and the societal effects has been unimaginable. I always knew public health was a difficult field, but seeing public health and healthcare professionals attacked was something I never really thought about. In addition, realizing that the real battle was not the virus itself (it should have been) but the politics and changing rhetoric.”

What is your proudest public health moment and why?

“Producing and premiering Berdoo Film was by far my proudest moment. The film brought together a community and started many public health conversations that weren’t even considered before.”

Why do you care about public health?

“Public health is more than just the health of an individual. It’s the overall health of a community and addressing issues that impact much more than just physical health.”

Anything else you’d like to share?

“Public health has always been important, but especially now, is the future!”

Instagram: @nishita.njmstudios

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