Lisa Strauss, MPH

Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Public Health

What has been the single most rewarding experience of your career/studies so far?

The most amazing experience for me thus far has been furthering my education at the same school and university where I discovered my passion for public health. I am eternally grateful for this opportunity where I am learning and collaborating with mentors that that have largely helped shape who I am, and who I will become. This greater feeling that as I continue to pave my way, I am not only making a change in public health, but also able to give back to a place and people who have monumentally impacted my life.

What do you think is the biggest challenge that the public health field should be focusing on?

Public health is currently stuck in a modern crisis with changes in current healthcare and medical initiatives. There needs to be an emphasis on a cohesive, multi-faceted partnership between public health and medical fields to focus on issues of health disparities, prevention, quality care and access and increased health status. Shifting from a reactive, to a proactive nation to improve population health and potentially impact the consequences of entering a post-modern medical era that have already begun to emerge.