Cyrena [PhD, LCSW] is a health services researcher and public health social worker. She is also a Public Voices Fellow of AcademyHealth and The OpEd Project.


Cyrena Gawuga provided us with a few more interesting facts about herself:


🍽 What person living or dead would you invite to your dream dinner party and why? 


I am absolutely fascinated by Henry VIII of England—not just because of the six wives, but because of how he played such a large role in the formation of the modern Western world (arguably the world) all in the name of obtaining a son and heir.


🦉 What is your spirit animal?  


Owls. They are nocturnal raptors who hunt silently, communicate succinctly, and are deceptively adorable.


🎶 What is your theme song? 


Golden by Jill Scott.


🏝 What 3 things would you take to a desert island?


An iPad full of books and games, a solar USB-C charger, and sunscreen.


🇯🇵 Where is the best destination you’ve been to and why?


Miyazaki, Japan. My brother lived there for ten years. It was a completely different culture but everything felt so natural to me—the food was fantastic and fresh, the people were kind, and it seemed like they had found a more orderly and peaceful way to live.


🦸🏽‍♀️ If you could have a superpower, what would it be… and what would your superhero name be?


Power = Explosives. Name = Dynamis.


🧞‍♂️ If you had one wish to improve the world, what would you change?


Bring an end to US-style capitalist healthcare systems.


👩🏾‍🏫 If you had chosen another path in life, what might you be doing now?


Translation scholar focused on Spanish and Portuguese language literature


📚 Which books do you recommend to others?


Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Stiff by Mary Roach

Bright-Sided: How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking Has Undermined America by Barbara Ehrenreich


❤️ Name three self-care practices you have adopted to treat yourself well


Buying a large pill box and keeping it organized, being honest about my health limitations and disability, and embracing introversion.

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