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Rural Matters is a biweekly, 30-minute podcast about rural education, business, and health. The podcast’s mission is to increase awareness, inform discussion, and expand the dialogue on the most important issues facing rural stakeholders every day. Guests on the podcast include rural education decision-makers, rural business owners and entrepreneurs, and rural health care representatives. The National Rural Education Association and the Center for Rural Affairs are marketing partners.
 
Health Innovation Matters is a biweekly, 30-minute podcast focusing on the next generation of healthcare innovators and movers-and-shakers who are disrupting the healthcare space. This podcast is all about increasing awareness of future health trends, accelerating technologies, and art and design perspectives. The podcast also provides a forum for elevating public discourse on ways healthcare can be more accessible, less costly, and more efficient. You'll hear about dynamic collaborations, b ...
 
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In the final installment of our six-part series on continuing rural postsecondary education and workforce development, produced in collaboration with and supported by the Ascendium Education Group, Michael chats with two education leaders who are doing some amazing work with rural colleges: Jeb Puryear, the Suzanne and Dave Peterson Endowed Profess…
 
In this sixth and final installment of our excellent series, Living in Rural America —2022 and Beyond, produced in collaboration with and supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Michelle discusses the future of rural with three outstanding guests: Dee Davis, Founder and President of the Center for Rural Strategies; David Lipsetz, President…
 
In Part V of our six-part series on continuing rural postsecondary education and workforce development, produced in collaboration with and supported by the Ascendium Education Group. Michelle chats with three education leaders who are doing some amazing work with rural colleges: Cindy Lopez, Executive Director of Network Engagement at Achieving the…
 
Synopsis: In Part V of our six-part series, Living in Rural America, produced in collaboration with and supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Michelle discusses Rural Economic & Cultural Success Stories: Lesson Learned from Thriving Communities, with Dr. Katherine Ortega Courtney and Dominic Capello, the two authors of the landmark book,…
 
In this episode, the fourth in our six-part series, Living in Rural America, produced in collaboration with and supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Michelle chats with Mil Duncan, Professor Emerita in Sociology at the University of New Hampshire and Senior Fellow at the Meridian Institute. Her work focuses on opportunity and social cha…
 
Michael chats with Rich Miller, chief strategy officer at QGenda, leading innovator in provider operations and healthcare workforce management. Rich, who is a career entrepreneur in the health care and software arenas, founded OpenTempo in 2006, which joined QGenda in 2019 to form one of the most comprehensive companies in health care workforce opt…
 
Michael chats with Yoni Nevo, CEO of Sweetch, a digital therapeutics innovator and creator of a clinically validated, personalized, and adaptive AI platform and companion app for chronic health conditions. Yoni is an entrepreneur and executive with over 20 years of experience in international business development, marketing, strategy, and software …
 
In this fourth installment of the fabulous series we’re doing in collaboration with and supported by the Ascendium Education Group, Michelle interviews three professionals with hands-on experience collaborating with employers to help rural learners: Dani Douglas, a Research and Policy Associate at the Center on Rural Innovation; Dr. John Fitzsimmon…
 
In this final installment of our fabulous four-part series, Designing Postsecondary Alternatives for Rural Learners, produced in collaboration with and underwritten by PelotonU, Michelle chats with four terrific guests who provide additional perspectives on the rural learning experience: Rocío Rangel, Director of the College Assistance Migrant Prog…
 
In our second bonus brief episode of 2022, Michelle is joined by former New Orleans Mayor, and current Biden Administration Senior Advisor and Infrastructure Coordinator Mitch Landrieu to discuss how the President’s $1.2 billion Bipartisan Infrastructure Law will help rebuild rural America. Mitch and Michelle begin their discussion by commenting on…
 
In Part III of our superb series, Designing Postsecondary Alternatives for Rural Learners, produced in collaboration with and underwritten by one of our most exciting new partners, PelotonU. Michelle chats with three terrific guests about pathways for collaboration with rural communities: Laura Wise, Program Director for the Michigan State Universi…
 
In the third installment of our superb six-part series produced in collaboration with and supported by the Ascendium Education Group, Michelle chats with Leslie Daugherty, Senior Education Designer at the Education Design Lab; Kathy Temple-Miller, Dean of Student Success at Washington State Community College in Ohio; Dr. Dana Cotton, an instructor …
 
In Part II of our fabulous four-part series we’re producing in collaboration with and supported by PelotonU, called Designing Postsecondary Alternatives for Rural Learners, Michelle discusses decisions rural learners have to make to pursue their educational goals and why and how rural learners choose whether to stay in their communities or leave to…
 
Michael chats with Krish Ramakrishnan, co-founder, executive chairman, and chief innovator at BlueJeans by Verizon, a video collaboration platform that empowers fast and easy face-to-face communications using high-quality audio and video conferencing technology. Krish, who is considered a video visionary and is widely regarded as the founder of the…
 
Michael chats with Ivan Childress, Director of Healthcare Identity Cloud at Saviynt, a provider of intelligent, cloud-first identity governance solutions. Ivan has spent 20 years in healthcare technology and security roles, including stints at Mass General Brigham and Boston Children’s Hospital. Currently, he leads the development of Saviynt's indu…
 
In this first of our four-part series, Designing Postsecondary Alternatives for Rural Learners, produced in collaboration with and supported by PelotonU, Michelle chats with three terrific guests about the latest trends and statistics pertaining to rural learners and rural education, best practices for engaging student support, and actual rural lea…
 
Michael chats with Jeff McDaniel, principal security engineer at Airgap Networks. Airgap’s zero-agent, zero-trust approach to universal network segmentation, preventing lateral threat movement, stopping ransomware propagation by ringfencing every endpoint, and protecting high-value assets and mission-critical infrastructure. Jeff is a customer-focu…
 
Michael chats with Scott Francis, technology evangelist at Fujistu Imaging, about how AI, digitization, and document-imaging technologies are helping to advance health care. Fujitsu recently unveiled a new line of scanners, the fi-8000 series, for health care that offer high-quality, straight-to-cloud document-imaging systems. Francis is a leading …
 
In Part III of this series, Life in Rural America — 2022 and Beyond — produced in collaboration with and underwritten by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Michelle chats with Ge Bai, Professor of Accounting at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School and Professor of Health Policy & Management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health…
 
Michael chats with Andrew Feldman, co-founder and CEO of Cerebras Systems, about the role of AI in transforming health care. The team at Cerebras includes computer architects, system engineers, software engineers, and ML researchers who design and build systems to accelerate AI in multiple industries, including health care. Feldman is an entreprene…
 
In Part II of our superb six-part series produced in collaboration with and underwritten by the Ascendium Education Group, Michelle chats with three academic researchers who are responsible for the new groundbreaking report published by the Alliance for Research on Regional Colleges, (ARRC) called Introducing Our Nation’s Rural Serving Postsecondar…
 
Synopsis: Michelle chats with Danielle McGeary, Vice President of HTM for the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) and Maggie Berkey, CBET, Senior Biomedical Equipment Technician (BMET) for CommonSpirit Health at the Good Samaritan campus in Nebraska, about AAMI’s innovative BMET Apprenticeship Program. McGeary and Berk…
 
In Part II of this six-part series — Living in Rural America, 2022 and Beyond — produced in collaboration with and supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Michelle chats with three experts on how rural America is dealing with the pandemic and other significant issues. Dr. Don Albrecht, Director of the Western Rural Development Center (WRDC…
 
In the first installment of our six-part series produced in collaboration with and underwritten by the Ascendium Education Group, Michelle chats with Kirstin Yeado, a program officer at Ascendium responsible for strategic grantmaking in support of Ascendium’s Rural Education and Workforce Training program.: Shanell Watson, a program officer with th…
 
Michelle chats about the incredibly important topic of heart health in Rural America with Dr. Jessica Barnes, co-founder and CEO of 20Lighter, LLC, an award-winning cardiometabolic health program targeting inflammation and visceral fat, the holy grail of cardiovascular and metabolic disease; and Irion “Chip” Pursell, M.P.H., R.N., B.S.N., the direc…
 
In Part I of our six-part series, Living in Rural America — 2022 and Beyond, produced in collaboration with and supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Michelle discusses myths and realities of the rural experience today with four experts in this space: John Pender, a senior economist in the Rural Economy Branch of the USDA Economic Resear…
 
In the first Rural Matters Bonus Brief of 2022, Michelle and Deputy Secretary of Commerce Don Graves come together again to discuss how rural America is struggling to keep up with inflation and supply chain issues. They begin their conversation discussing how the pandemic has affected global supply chains. “...for the last two years, we have been i…
 
In Part VIII, the final segment of this fabulous series we’re producing in collaboration with and supported by the Ascendium Education Group, Michelle chats with Nicholas Hillman, professor in the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Hillman’s research examines how finance, policy, and geography shape educational opportunitie…
 
In the final part of our four-part series on rural funding, produced in collaboration with and supported by Thomas USAF, Michelle chats with Thomas Kimsey, President and CEO of Thomas USAF Group, who manages more than $100 Million annually in loan production. Michelle also welcomes Dr. Karama Neal, who is the USDA Administrator for the Rural Busine…
 
In this special episode of Rural Matters, Michelle chats with Brian Alexander, author of the powerful best-selling book, “The Hospital: Life, Death, and Dollars in a Small American Town.” During the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) annual meeting on October 13, 2021, Michelle and Brian were featured speakers for a ses…
 
In Part VII of our landmark series on rural higher education and workforce development, produced in collaboration with the Ascendium Education Group, Michelle explores a key issue for rural communities — building transfer and career pathways for rural learners with two experts in the field: Dr. Erica Orians and Dr. Lia Wetzstein. Orians is Executiv…
 
In Part VI of this landmark series produced in collaboration with and supported by the Ascendium Education Group, Michelle discusses the challenges and opportunities involved in postsecondary partnerships in rural America with three recognized experts in the field: Dr. Sheila Martin, Vice President for Economic Development and Community Engagement …
 
Aneel chats with Roger Lam, Director of Engineering, at MBX Systems about how AI is transforming the health care industry. MBX Systems is an OEM/ODM of embedded, edge and data center hardware for medical ISVs and OEMs. Lam leads a team of engineers who develop next-gen hardware platforms for medical devices and AI/machine learning applications, to …
 
Did you know that rheumatic diseases cost the U.S. healthcare system an estimated $128 billion annually? That fact forms the basis of a riveting conversation between Aneel and Dr. Andrew Concoff,. Executive Vice President and Chief Value Medical Officer at United Rheumatology. Concoff describes the unique challenges faced by rheumatologists in priv…
 
In Part III of our four-part series on rural funding, produced in collaboration with and supported by Thomas USAF, Michelle chats with ChadParker, who has worked with USDA Rural Development for 30 years and is currently serving as the Acting Rural Housing Service Administrator, overseeing all Rural Housing Service’s programs including the Community…
 
In Part V of our landmark series on rural higher education and workforce development, produced in collaboration with and supported by the Asscendium Education Group, Michelle chats with Danielle Vetter, Senior Program Officer and Kirstin Yeado, Program Officer, at Ascendium Education Group, both supporting partnerships focused on rural education an…
 
Synopsis; In the concluding segment of our four-part series, Viewing Rural Health, Education, and Business Through an Equity Lens. produced in collaboration with and supported by Grantmakers In Health. Michelle chats with four riveting guests: Ann McMillan, Program Director at Grantmakers In Health (GIH), responsible for access and quality programs…
 
Aneel talks with Jim Elliot, Chief Marketing Officer at AdvancedMD, about why his company was uniquely positioned to assist independent practitioners with virtual patient care during the pandemic, especially in the mental health space. Since joining AdvancedMD in 2008, he has played a key role in growing the company 10-fold by promoting a customer-…
 
In Part III of our groundbreaking fabulous four-part series on Viewing Rural Health, Education, and Business Through an Equity Lens, produced in collaboration with Grantmakers in Health, Michelle chats with Kim Davis, Senior Advisor (Home Region Team) at the Walton Family Foundation; Shao-Chee Sim, Episcopal Health Foundation’s Vice President for R…
 
Aneel talks about digital therapeutics with Dr. Joe Rubinsztain CEO and co-founder of ChronWell, Inc., a digital therapeutics company that creates efficiencies and extends patient care beyond the walls of the physician’s office. By the time Chronwell launched in 2017, Rubinsztein, a seasoned entrepreneur and leader in healthcare information technol…
 
Aneel talks with Rachel Ford Hutman, CEO and Founder of Ford Hutman Media, a boutique communications firm that provides media relations, thought leadership, and executive visibility to life science companies. Ford Hutman was named a San Diego Business Journal Women of Influence and selected the PR Professional of the Year by PRSA. In health care an…
 
In the second of our fabulous four-part series on Viewing Rural Health, Education, and Business Through an Equity Lens. produced in collaboration with and supported by Grantmakers in Health, Michelle talks with Heather Dimeris. the Director for the Office for the Advancement of Telehealth (OAT), in the Health Resources and Services Administration (…
 
Aneel chats with James Schorey, Chief Technology Officer at Control Bionics, an assistive technology device company that enables people with communication challenges to participate more fully in daily life. The company’s augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) offerings helps people with a range of conditions to find their “voice.” Inspire…
 
Michelle chats with Mike Shimmens, Executive Director for 3RNET, the nation’s most trusted resource for health professionals in rural and underserved communities, about an increasingly important topic in rural communities: assisting health care professionals to find jobs and careers and helping health care employers to find qualified workers. In th…
 
In another special Rural Matters Bonus Brief, Michelle meets with White House Senior Policy Adviser for COVID-19 Equity Dr. Cameron Webb to discuss how COVID-19 and the Delta variant continues to challenge rural America. “We’ve got so many states now with surges and cases, and it tends to track pretty closely to the vaccine rates in states... It is…
 
Aneel chats with Dr. Gregory Vidal, a medical oncologist and clinical research leader for breast oncology at West Cancer Center & Research Institute and Aubrey Kelly, CEO of Rabble Health, a digital patient engagement company in Thousand Oaks, California. The guests discuss their Cancer Care Pathways Initiative, which recently conducted the first a…
 
Aneel chats with Rick Farnell, the President and CEO of Protegrity, who brings a successful track record as an entrepreneur, executive, and operator of multiple global technology companies. At the helm of Protegrity, Rick is spearheading the company’s efforts to scale its industry-leading data-security solutions into the future as companies rapidly…
 
In the first of our four-part series, Viewing Rural Health, Education, and Business Through an Equity Lens, produced in collaboration with and supported by Grantmakers In Health, chats with an excellent group of practitioners and experts: William Buster, Senior Vice President for Impact at Dogwood Health Trust in Asheville, NC, oversees the foundat…
 
Aneel chats with Chris Klomp, Executive Vice President, Acute & Payer, at PointClickCare. The company recently acquired Collective Medical, which is utilized by one-third of the hospitals in the United States. Basically, value-based care reward providers for outcomes, rather than volume of care, explains Klomp. But valued-based care is really about…
 
In Part IV of our landmark eight-part series on rural higher education and workforce development, produced in collaboration with and underwritten by the Ascendium Education Group, Michelle chats with an intriguing panel immersed in issues involving the digital rural economy, including Sarah Cacicio, Senior Project Director of Adult Learning at Digi…
 
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