Wearable Technologies Are Giving Us Superpowers—I’m Hopeful, but Also Worried; a guest post by author Elaine Kachala

Back at university, I took a Sociology of Health and Illness course, which really hooked me and led me to a new career path. I’d worked as a medical technologist, made my way into hospital management, and considered doing a master’s in health care administration. But this sociology course started me thinking about the social, economic, and environmental issues that affect our health, well-being, and quality of life. So instead of pursuing an administration degree, I completed a master’s in environmental studies focusing on health promotion policy and planning.

I worked for government and health agencies, leading the research and writing of reports with recommendations for changes in health care and community planning to improve people’s health. Together with and editorial teams, we’d talk about “our reports having legs” so they’d inspire people to make improvements. Early on, we discovered the power of stories to explain complicated topics to governments and the public instead of just laying out the facts. I find it satisfying and exciting to research a new topic, distill the information, and then write about it in a way that compels people to want to take action.