Redefining Rest for Public Health Professionals

Marissa McKool, MPH

The Redefining Rest podcast is for early to mid-career public health professionals with a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree who are burnt out, stressed, overwhelmed, and exhausted. If you want to experience more rest, have more time, do the things that bring you joy and fulfillment, and ultimately create a life you love… then this is the podcast for you. In each episode, Career and Life Coach Marissa McKool, MPH will unpack how our society and the public health field itself promotes the narrow and false idea that rest that has to be earned and productivity makes you worthy. She will teach you how to free yourself from internalized society bias and unrealistic workplace expectations that rest is limited and finite so you can define what rest truly is for you, take more of it, and eliminate your burnout without having to quit your job. Together, we will collectively redefine how the public health workforce thinks about productivity and rest so we can do more good in the world without compromising ourselves. Get her free course on how to reduce your stress at

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The Patriarchy & Public Health

I’m sharing more about the patriarchy and how it impacts everybody in the field of public health. Find out how public health as a field still operates under systems of oppression, the importance of understanding how the patriarchy impacts us all, how those of us socialized as women have internalized

How We Rest: Social Connections, Little Joys, & Balance with Zoila Reyna

Zoila Reyna is the Founder and CEO of Public Health Hired, which focuses on sharing best practices and proven techniques for securing employment in public health. She also works full-time for a reputable healthcare company as a Senior Consultant in strategic planning for philanthropy and is an expert in community


Find out what self-trust is and what it is not, and the reason that so many of us don’t recognize when we’re struggling with trusting ourselves. I’m sharing some examples of what self-trust looks like, how a lack of it can show up in your life, and how to start

Speaking Up Shame

If you have been socialized as a woman, so much of the fear, anxiety, shame, guilt, doubt, and judgment you experience around speaking up actually comes straight from the patriarchy. The worst part is so many of us don’t even realize it. But the more you contribute to the world

When Your Boss Isn’t Helping

Having skills or knowledge in a specific area does not mean you are a good leader of people, yet so many folks in public health are promoted to managerial roles for this reason. It can lead to dissatisfaction, frustration, and resentment for those on the receiving end of the leadership,

Listener Q&A: Doing it Wrong, Saying No, & Achieving Goals

Learn what to do if someone is telling you you’re doing it wrong, and why it is perfectly OK to allow other people to be wrong about you. I’m showing you what to do if you have a problem with boundaries or saying no to people, and what could be

How We Rest: Community, Slowing Down, & Listening to Your Body with Kristi McClamroch

Kristi McClamroch, PhD, MPH is an epidemiologist and a public health entrepreneur. She founded the non-profit organization Public Health Connected during the COVID-19 pandemic and she is dedicated to strengthening the community of public health professionals so that people are empowered to face the challenges of working in public health.

My Struggle with Identity and Belonging

Wherever you might struggle with your identity or experience of belonging, I’m sharing my current journey in an intersection I have to give you insights and takeaways that you can apply in your own journey. Learn where your struggles with your identity come from, why you don’t have to believe

Creating the Life You Want

I share a clear moment I had recently where I was able to see how far I’ve come in the last 4 years since I started therapy and coaching, and where I would have been if I had never done work on myself. I’m showing you what it really means