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72: Relentless Optimism, with Megan Ranney, M.D., MPH, Emergency Physician and Academic Dean of Public Health, Brown University

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72: Relentless Optimism, with Megan Ranney, M.D., MPH, Emergency Physician and Academic Dean of Public Health, Brown University

This episode is hosted by Her Story Advisory Council Member Ceci Connolly, President and CEO, ACHP. Ceci speaks with Megan Ranney, M.D., MPH, Emergency Physician and Academic Dean of Public…
April 27, 2022

72: Relentless Optimism, with Megan Ranney, M.D., MPH, Emergency Physician and Academic Dean of Public Health, Brown University

Meet Megan Ranney, M.D., MPH:

Megan Ranney, M.D., MPH is the Academic Dean of the School of Public Health and the founding Director of the Brown-Lifespan Center for Digital Health at Brown University. She is co-founder and Senior Strategic Advisor to the American Foundation for Firearm Injury Reduction in Medicine at the Aspen Institute. Dr. Ranney is also an emergency physician, researcher, and contributor to media outlets including MSNBC, The New York Times, and The Washington Post. She received a Bachelors in the History of Science from Harvard University, and received her medical degree from Columbia University. 

Key Insights:

Megan Ranney, M.D., MPH is a practicing emergency physician, researcher, and advocate for innovative approaches to health.

  • Relationships. Dr. Ranney’s network of peers provide practical advice as well as social support. She also has mentors and sponsors who have helped create career opportunities for her. Building relationships and friendships are fundamental to career development and career enjoyment. (6:56)
  • Finding Common Ground. Dr. Ranney works with controversial topics. She points out that generally people agree on goals, but disagree on the strategy. A way to build sustainable, community-based solutions is to take away the judgement, focus on the shared goal, and find paths to solutions that converge across stakeholders. (26:26)
  • Balance. Dr. Ranney describes that during different points in her life she was either more focused on her home and family, or prioritized career goals and leaned on her support system. This is okay. Accept that the flux is part of life, and ensure that over the long-run you feel balanced. (30:12)

This episode is hosted by Ceci Connolly. She is a member of the Advisory Council for Her Story and President and CEO of the Alliance of Community Health Plans.

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