Clara Soh on Ways to Educate Policy Makers on Health Care Issues

In Chapter 13 of 20 in her 2013 Capture Your Flag interview, health economist Clara Soh answers "How Are You Learning to Better Educate Policy Makers on Complex Public Health Issues?" Soh finds the translating complex policy analysis across stakeholders one of the biggest challenges she faces. This includes taking econometric research and its mathematical and differential calculus inputs and accurately translating it so policy makers who are not trained in math and statistics can understand it.

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Clara Soh on Making Affordable Health Care Access a Career Goal
In Chapter 8 of 20 in her 2013 Capture Your Flag interview, health economist Clara Soh answers "How Do You Define and Measure Success in What You Do?" At a high level, Soh defines success in her work as making sure people have affordable access to health care. This includes matching patients with the right procedures and making sure the best public policies are put in place to ensure that patient access. Clara Soh is a health economist and Senior Director of Policy and Research.
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Clara Soh on Learning by Reflecting as a Peace Corps Volunteer
In Chapter 4 of 20 in her 2013 Capture Your Flag interview, health economist Clara Soh answers "What Role Has Reflection Played in Your Personal Growth?" Soh shares what she learned about herself as a Peace Corps volunteer working in West Africa. Living in a Muslim country learning the language and slowly breaking into the community, Soh learns to embrace time alone and use the downtime for reflection on her life. Clara Soh is a health economist and Senior Director of Policy and Research.
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Clara Soh on What Gets Easier and What Gets Harder
In Chapter 3 of 20 in her 2013 Capture Your Flag interview, health economist Clara Soh answers "What is Getting Easier and What is Getting Harder in Your Life?" Personally she finds moving to new places creates challenges keeping in touch with far away friends. She uses new technologies such as Google Hangout video chats to make it easier to manage the distance. Professionally, Soh embraces digital research capabilities in her work but finds progressive challenge managing information overload.
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In Chapter 20 of 20 in her 2013 Capture Your Flag interview, health economist Clara Soh answers "At This Moment in Your Life, Where Are You Seeking Advice and Coaching?" Soh shares how she gets research career advice from peers and experts in her field. She notes this academic and collegial community is different from a new one she needs to navigate for her job - the political network of Washington DC. She shares approaches she is taking to build new relationships for her work.

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