It’s accidental for me. I am just learning, and I have no background in analytics. But I definitely have an aptitude for it and I love it and I’m always floored when people tell me they don’t collect data, or use the data they do collect. THERE ARE A LOT THAT DON’T.

But I work in healthcare. Specifically, tribal healthcare. Data has been crucial for a lot longer than the EHR revolution has, in tribal healthcare. SO…

Right now, I’m desperately trying to get my cousin, who runs a non-profit that SHE started and pretty much single-handedly grew to this point, to get data that the villages she works in FINALLY started gathering to me so that I can use it to help her secure future funding (this is her NP: ). CDC and NIH are both collecting water data like crazy and have been for years. THEY WANT TO THROW MONEY AT ANYONE ASSISTING THIS EFFORT. You would think she’d be all over this, because she’s meticulous, has a law degree, and is tirelessly passionate about the people she’s helping but data collection is a footnote for her; something she’ll get to when she gets everything else under control. I can’t seem to convince her that data could make getting everything else under control SO MUCH easier and potentially expand her reach immensely. AH WELL. :)

I still don’t know what I want to be when I grow up, but I know I want it to be spelled right and punctuated correctly. I guess that’s something.