Sunao is a platform for openly sharing insights into the practice of public health and evaluation research.


What does sunao mean?

Sunao (素直) is Japanese for “untrapped mind”. This means being open enough to see many possibilities, humble enough to learn from anyone and anything,  perceptive enough to see things as they really are, and critical enough to judge their true value. 

The vision

A critical and evaluative thinking mindset applied by individuals, students, researchers, and practitioners, to promote health for all.


The team

STEVEN LAM, MPH, PhD candidate

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Hi! My name is Steven Lam and I am a public health researcher, program evaluator, and PhD candidate with five years of professional experience in generating, communicating, and assessing knowledge to improve development policies and programs worldwide. My broad research interests include environmental health, Indigenous health, food security, climate change, gender, and social justice.

Sometimes I self-identify as a writer. I write mainly for peer-reviewed journals and personal diaries (my own, of course!). Recognizing how inaccessible both can be, and my desire to share my experiences and interests to the wider public, I decided to create sunao.ca. Here, I plan to contribute posts that highlight some of the stories behind public health research and evaluation (I find that we don’t do this well, or often enough). I hope these insights will be useful to you, such that you can apply them in your own work.