First Friday Podcast

Let us introduce you to the all-new First Friday Podcast from the LSU School of Public Health!

Moving from our popular Zoom series of the same name, First Friday will continue to have discussions with faculty, staff and students here at the school about current public health topics and the work being done here in Louisiana.

With topics ranging from outbreaks to environmental activism to writing better health policies, the First Friday podcast will hopefully share the vastness of the field of Public Health.

Just like Public Health itself, there will be something for everyone in our coming episodes!

Meet Our Host

Hasheemah Afaneh is a Palestinian-American public health professional and writer. An LSU School of Public Health MPH alumna (2018), she currently works as a Program Administrator at the LSU Center for Evidence to Practice, managing a behavioral health crisis workforce training and development program. Like many millennials, she’s an avid listener of all kinds of podcasts and believes it to be a fun way to learn about what’s going on in the world.


In our premier episode, we speak with Dr. Edward Trapido, faculty in Epidemiology, Associate Dean of Research and Interim Dean of the School, about how even diseases we know everything about can become an outbreak and the simple things we can be doing to help prevent them.