Nova Interview

Announcing the Nova Interview & Inaugural Discussion with Dr. Helene M. Langevin

We are thrilled to announce the launch of the Nova Interview series published in the open-access journal Challenges. This regular spotlight interview, conducted by Nova Fellow Alan Logan, will provide a unique opportunity for in-depth exploration of critical issues facing our world today—from the diverse perspectives, wisdom, and personal experience of seminal thought leaders in their field. We are planning meaningful conversations with scientists, scholars, healthcare professionals, artisans, and visionaries committed to integrating ideas and solutions for the health and flourishing of people, places, and our planet. The Nova Institute is proud to collaborate in this venture with Challenges, a unique interdisciplinary journal dedicated to integrating diverse scholarly discourse and creating narratives for meaningful change.

In this inaugural Nova Interview, I met Dr. Helene Langevin, Director of the National Institutes of Health, National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health to discuss the emerging concept of whole person health and how the concept intersects with the grand and interconnected challenges of our time. 

It was an honor to have Dr. Langevin flip the ignition switch on the Nova Interviews! Dr. Langevin has a fascinating life story, and her journey to a director position at the NIH is a source of inspiration. We covered a diverse range of topics, all of which are relevant to health along the person, place, and planet continuum. Dr. Langevin emphasizes why the health of individuals should be studied from biological, behavioral, social and environmental perspectives, and across family, community, and population domains.

You can read the Nova Interview via the link below — when you’re finished, come back here to disucss it with other Hub members! 


  1. It’s so exciting to see the first Nova Interview! Thank you @alan! I really enjoyed learning more about Helene’s background and especially her interest in “lost knowledge.” Especially in light of all we have learned from the COVID 19 experience, the practice of “convalescence” after an illness is fascinating — whereas so much of society pushes people to get right back to work, out in public etc., after or even during illness.

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