a 2016 Emerging Voice for Global Health and a PhD candidate at Tulane
School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, USA, shares his
reflections on 2016. He also issues a call to action for his fellow
young health researchers for 2017 and beyond.
Pearls of wisdom for the young health systems researchers
As 2016 came to an end, I was taking stock of notes I took through meetings and conferences I attended, including the Emerging Voices in Global Health 2016 training program preceding the Fourth Global Symposium on Health Systems Research 2016 in Vancouver. I came across quite a few ‘quotable quotes’:
“seize the smaller opportunities you get, you will find bigger ones on your way…”, “we need the energy of the Emerging Voices to tackle the enduring challenges of our times…”
capitalize on your can-do & must-do enthusiasm when you’re young
(as when you grow older you often get (too) comfortable in your ways);
and challenge power, wherever you feel it’s appropriate…”
“strike a balance between your research activities and the change you want to bring in the world around you…”
were the snippets of advice made to the young researchers in Vancouver.
I found these words motivating– words which could potentially inspire
the future work of young health systems researchers. And so, I decided
to collate them as I received them, rather than rephrasing what I heard
and losing the essence of the message. I also, subsequently, requested
some senior researchers to share their messages once again over email
and in person. And, as the new year begins, and we seek to start afresh,
some of us, perhaps looking for redemption from our hedonistic ‘New
Year Celebrations’, I share some quotes by senior researchers…
Read the full article on the IHP site.