Public Health: The Field of Unrelenting Optimism

To be a public health professional, one must be an unrelenting optimist. Public health interventions are subject to the political, physical and social environments in which they operate. Success is slow due to tenuous political climates, industry interference, anti-paternalistic views, and an overall lack of funding. Making lasting changes in systems is an uphill battle where we receive no praise for ‘reaching the top’ but we will receive derision if we fail. But after all, public health does not strive for praise and recognition. It strives for equity in all aspects of…