Presenting the Power of Collaboration
A panel featuring Bukola Bakare of Health Policy Research Scholars and participants from three of RWJF’s other leadership development programs took center stage at the American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting, the nation’s largest gathering of people working to advance public health, in Atlanta on Nov. 6.
The panel, moderated by RWJF’s John Lumpkin, senior vice president/program, highlighted the need and opportunity for public health to work with people from many other sectors to improve community conditions for health. Panelists also spoke—with great conviction—about the unique nature of the leadership programs to help them collaborate with people from other sectors, linking fields from transportation to labor relations to health.
Bukola Bakare is a transportation and logistics doctoral student at North Dakota State University. She described how her own health issues, along with her interest in transportation, led her to explore how to get healthier food to communities—or to bring communities to healthier food. “Most transportation systems don’t consider people’s health,” she said. “We need to ask ‘why not?’ And then we need to research the ‘why’ more deeply so we can get to the ‘how’ sooner.”
Lumpkin concluded the panel by asking each speaker to share who had most influenced them during their time in their respective programs. The answer was unanimous: the other people in the programs, who inspired them with creative solutions to pressing problems, exposed them to new ways of thinking, and opened access to research and new approaches they hadn’t had access to before.
For more information about all the programs, including a tool to help determine which program might be right for you or someone you know, please visit the RWJF Program Finder