Scientists sometimes get a bad rap for being too data-driven, too objective, or analytical and clinical to the point of aloofness. But today’s researchers recognize that a purely data-driven approach can be counterproductive to building sustainable solutions to wide-ranging problems.
In our fields of research, there can be no conservation and no public health security without buy-in from local stakeholders. When it comes to public health, that means the community. Our holistic health is not just the responsibility of the individual; it also depends on the collective efforts of a society. Thus, public health security relies on engaging communities in safeguarding their own public health and well-being.
Education is often touted as the answer to large-scale issues like health security. But what does this actually look like on the ground?