Meet the Speaker: Trish Miller

We recently asked Trish a few questions so you can get to know one of our CTRL + ALT + DEL speakers.  Check it out…

 What is your passion?

I am driven by preserving the health and wellness of children and their families. However, as a public health professional I am dedicated to educating disadvantaged segments of our population on how to be healthy, live well and prevent illness. My own near drowning experience as a black female has created my passion to make sure that black children are safe in the water. My mission is to enable them and their families to have a healthy and safe relationship with water by acknowledging historical occurrences and creating an environment to enable them to move forward with gaining a lifesaving skill to pass to generations.

 How did you decide to pursue your current career?

 I was introduced to public health by a dear and long term colleague at Emory University. She helped me to see that many of the activities that I enjoyed to do as hobbies were actually within the field of public health. I was an analyst by trade, but at her suggestion, I pursued a master's of public health to perfect my training. My work in public health spans maternal mortality research, and sickle cell disease research, as well as areas of nutrition such as food fortification and anthropometry.

What did you learn about yourself during the process of preparing your talk?  

 This talk has allowed me to reaffirm my passion for eliminating the obstacles to black children and their families learning to swim. I am determined to create meaningful change in this area and to do all that I can to make sure that all children can be safe while enjoying the water.

What drives you in challenging times?

 I am involved in life changing work. Staying focused on my “why” and knowing that every time a child receives swimming lessons and water safety instruction that a life may have been saved. This is what guides my life work.