Injury Prevention Service
7 Years of Service
Got any favorite quotes?
“Judgements prevent us from seeing the good that lies beyond appearances.”
Dr. Wayne Dyer
Who inspires you?
I’ve been inspired by a variety of people at different times in my life. Those who inspire me to provide more than expertise, intelligence, or knowledge in a particular field, but also display kindness, compassion, and a deeper understanding that everything is connected. If I had to identify one person who had the most impact on my life it would be my grandfather, whom I was named after. His initials are my full name (Anton Vincent Yanda). I strive to live a life as he did.
How did you start working in public health?
Growing up I spent my time between Oklahoma, New York, and Ireland/England. This allowed me the opportunity to witness beautiful geography, engage with people from different backgrounds, and broaden my overall view and perception of the world. These experiences would be the catalyst for my life and career choices. I have been lucky enough to experience and participate in dance around the world.
Through dance, I found yoga, which was a perfect way to restore the body, both physically and mentally. After graduating with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Dance, I went on to receive my 200-hour level RYT certification. My yoga training sparked a stronger interest to understand the impact of biopsychosocial model approaches for disease management, which prompted me to go back to school for my Masters of Science in Wellness Management. Upon graduation, I began looking for a career that would allow me to use my passion to inspire, teach, and lead others to a lifelong dedication in health and wellness.
In your role, how do you educate people about public health?
I’m the project coordinator for the Unintentional Poisoning/Prescription Drug Overdose and Older Adult Falls Prevention Programs. In both programs, I work to increase public awareness of the burden and prevention strategies through presentations and trainings; develop, update, and disseminate educational materials; provide technical assistance to community stakeholders; and strategically coordinate prevention efforts across multiple sectors to strengthen the use of evidence-based injury prevention interventions statewide.
What is the most difficult part of your job?
It can be difficult at times to build relationships and communicate health-related information to a variety of community stakeholders with different environments and lived experiences. You need to understand the population you are serving, and artfully and efficiently form messages that are in alignment with your audience to advance programs and policies that impact health outcomes.
What is the most rewarding experience you have had in public health?
When I see the impact our work has on an individual, family, or community, such as when an older adult is more functional in their life and no longer needs to use a cane to get around after participating in a Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance course, receiving notice that naloxone saved a life, or witnessing a community empowered to come together to make change.
If someone was interested in a public health career (or one in your field), what advice or encouragement would you give them?
Public health is far-reaching and multidisciplinary, so there are many different career options. The work is diverse and always evolving. The biggest draw for me is having the platform to engage with various state and community level programs and policies to positively impact the health and well-being of individuals, families, and communities.