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public health, medicine, environmental health, environmental justice, using research to affect change
Growing up in the Midwest, I always felt an affinity for nature and the outdoors. I studied ecology as an undergraduate and health and medicine beyond that, always integrating the environment and nature as a personal priority. When I began exploring how I could combine my love of nature with my professional training in health and medicine, it was clear that environmental health was a good fit. As a student and now practitioner in academia I believe, to be effective, we must work equitably with activists and community organizers. When we work together, when we are persistent and unified in our goals, we achieve so much more. There does not need to be a disconnect between academia and activism, and my hope is that I can become a productive change agent within my community‚Äîworking towards a socially and environmentally just and responsible society. As a SciCAN founder, I am hopeful that SciCAN will be an important step toward meeting that goal and that over time, the site and community will develop into something truly cross-cultural, multi-disciplinary and most importantly, useful to those individuals and groups who are already working as change agents within their communities.