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All across the United States, people are banding together to create a healthier future. State by state, city by city, and street by street, visionary local leaders strive to solve the nation's most persistent health challenges. Each month, we’ll bring you an inside view of a different community-based health initiative — an honest look at the challenges communities face and the outstanding solutions they’ve found to address them. Melissa Eagan is the host of the Healthy Communities News podca ...
 
On Season 3, we explore how the current watershed era of change cascades into our lives and impacts mental and physical wellbeing. Medicine, science and communities are at a formative moment of recognizing the interplay between our bodies and minds with the shifting landscapes of nature and society. Yet, long-held stigmas and stereotypes persist. Join our community on Twitter @vumc_insights and watch this feed for new episodes in September. #ListenDNA
 
Advancing racial equity takes courage, patience, and an uncompromising spirit. This is a reality and burden minoritized communities face daily and have worked hard to bridge through advocacy, protest, education, and their own agency. Join Dr. Sylvia (published author and neuroscientist) on her show The more We know community show, conversations cultivating change, as she interviews change makers who are leveling the playing field for all minorities by breaking barriers in their careers, comm ...
 
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On Becoming a Healer

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On Becoming a Healer

Saul J. Weiner and Stefan Kertesz

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Two physicians, through dialogue and interviews, take a critical look at medical training and the culture of medicine and explore how interpersonal boundary clarity and the capacity to fully engage are essential to effective medical practice, mentoring, medical education, and a nourishing career. This podcast builds on Dr. Weiner’s book, On Becoming a Healer: The Journey from Patient Care to Caring about Your Patients (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2020). Hosted by Saul J. Weiner MD, and S ...
 
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Public health and public health emergencies are phrases we frequently hear due to the opioid crisis, COVID-19 pandemic, and now the Monkey Pox epidemic. What exactly are public health and a federal public health emergency? Why are public health emergencies put in place, and what does it mean for the everyday person? Public health expert Dr. Nicole …
 
Urine drug screening (UDS) is used in the care of patients with opioid use disorder, and for patients receiving opioids for chronic pain. There's no strong evidence that testing helps patients, however, and no consensus on what to do with the results anyway. These tests, often mandated, may cause serious harm when physicians don't realize how often…
 
Reba Dominski is a prominent, impactful, beloved leader in the Twin Cities. Reba is Executive Vice President, Chief Social Responsibility Officer, and President of the U.S. Bank Foundation. During this one-on-one conversation with podcast host Dr. Sylvia, they discuss many topics including why service is one of Reba's core values, and why DEI matte…
 
Dr. Khaldun will lead the strategy to advance health equity for patients, members, providers, customers, and communities, having served as the Chief Medical Executive for the State of Michigan and Chief Deputy Director for Health in the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, where she was responsible for public health and aging programs,…
 
Preventable hospital readmissions cost the healthcare system approximately $25 billion annually, and it is estimated that one of every five Medicare patients is readmitted to the hospital within 30 days of discharge. Our panel of experts shares insights and best practices on lowering readmission rates for patients with chronic health conditions thr…
 
Making it into and through medical school is tough even for those who have all the advantages: excellent schools starting at a young age, well-educated parents who may be doctors themselves, lots of role models and…white skin. In this episode we hear from two pre-meds and one newly minted physician, all Black, about their journeys with few of these…
 
Reaching out to help prevent suicide will be a lot simpler – starting July 16th – when anyone across the country can just dial “988” to receive lifesaving counsel 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. And Melissa takes us inside the Didi Hirsch Suicide Prevention Center, the nation’s first, which helped make this happen. Cara McNulty, President of Behavio…
 
Digital technology can give organizations more data, giving them more visibility not only into patients’ clinical profiles but also population health profiles and socioeconomic profiles. Our panel of experts will discuss how health plans can effectively tap the potential of digital technologies to improve care delivery, outcomes and equity for trad…
 
A Chef’s journey to success requires stamina, resilience, faith, hard work, creativity, dedication, and passion. This is undoubtedly the case for Chef Ju’von, an award-Winning African American celebrity Chef who is fast becoming a household brand as a personal Chef who specializes in fine dining. At an early age, Chef Ju’von was diagnosed with end-…
 
Risk adjustment is much more than a regulatory requirement for Medicare Advantage plans – it can improve the quality of care by providing an accurate picture of each member’s health status and ensuring each member receives the right interventions and treatment. Providers play an important role in risk adjustment, too. An engaged partnership between…
 
An encouraging conversation with Keith Powell and Rickey Robinson that will help change the narrative about Black men. We discussed the black family, fatherhood, the critical role black men have in the black community, black men’s health, infertility, and other hot topics that impact the Black community. In addition, they share their experience wit…
 
Engaging high-needs Medicare and Medicaid members can be a huge barrier to better health and a consistent challenge for even the most innovative health plans. In order to successfully engage these members, health plans must meet them in the communities they live and work and provide the right solutions and resources. Our expert panel of leaders fro…
 
Can you be on purpose while neglecting your own needs and emotional health? Is measuring your success against others a healthy practice? How can you maintain peak performance, and regulate your mood, especially during stressful times? Why is it important to lead with emotional intelligence and mental health literacy? In this episode of the More you…
 
Socially Determined Co-Founder and CEO Trenor Williams, MD, talks with Eric about the importance of accessing and unlocking the potential of member demographic data, including race, ethnicity and language, to identify social risk. Specifically, he shared details of his organization’s partnership with CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield to optimize inter…
 
Loneliness is associated with worsening health-related quality of life, increased mortality, higher risk for a variety of physical and mental health conditions, and other poor health outcomes. While loneliness is typically applied to seniors, it can apply at any age. Michelle Bentzien-Purrington, SVP, Senior Vice President, MLTSS, Molina Healthcare…
 
Medical students may be subject to professionalism review by committees, most commonly for “unreliability” such as not responding to emails, falling behind on compliance requirements, showing up late for assignments and so on. Then they hit the wards, and frequently experience mistreatment by residents and attendings (many of whom also don’t answer…
 
A four-story, 36-unit apartment complex that will provide affordable housing is going to be built in the booming Five Points neighborhood of Denver, Colorado. And Melissa tracks down the story behind Charity’s House, as it will be called -- tracing it back to Thomas “Pistol Pete” Albright, a star pitcher in the Negro Leagues.…
 
The racially-motivated domestic terrorist attack, which led to the murders of ten Black Americans in Buffalo, NY, has caused so much pain and grief. In the famous words of Fannie Lou Hamer, 1964, 'I'm sick and tired of being sick and tired.' So how do we work through this tragedy and get on with our daily lives without fear? How do we heal individu…
 
Featuring: David Shulkin, MD, Former U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Kacey L. Serrano, MPA, CPC, CRC, Director, Medicare Stars and Risk Adjustment, Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield Sean Libby, President, BeneLynk Today, 22% of Medicare Advantage members are veterans of the United States Armed Forces and 5% of Medicare Advantage members use th…
 
Eva Medilek is a certified high-performance coach passionate about helping Executives, Entrepreneurs, Influencers, and Business Leaders achieve and sustain heightened levels of success without strained relationships, burnout, stress, and sacrifice. During this episode, Eva opening shares a painful moment in her life, when her marriage was on the ve…
 
My guest Charlene Ketchum is driven to align her work with her path and purpose. A licensed lawyer and professional medical writer, Charlene shares her journey, from being a highly paid professional to creating a digital platform for black women to build a supportive community, provide resources, connections, and structure that enable them to relea…
 
Reaching hard-to-reach populations takes heart, determination, and support. And it’s hard. Just because you’re communicating, doesn’t mean you’re connecting. Our panel explores ways health plans can make sure they meet their members where they're at and how to navigate the complicated outreach process. Panelists: Merrill Friedman, RVP, Inclusive Po…
 
Many residents are not doing well, psychologically, and sometimes physically -- and with good reason. High levels of mistreatment and harassment, patient care that some experience as moral injury, and a lack of voice in the workplace, contribute to burnout and can adversely affect the kind of physicians people become. A growing path to empowerment …
 
As mandates are being lifted across the country after over two years of pandemic waves, it feels like we’re all coming back to life again. But how do we go about finding a new normal? And what exactly does that mean? Melissa speaks with those who are living it, in real time - in New York City. People who make New York a place others flock to, as we…
 
April is National Financial Literacy Month in the USA. It was first recognized in April 2004. to highlight the importance of being financially literate and to help people understand how they can be financially smart, Jamesa Evans and Antwanette Crutcher- two corporate finance leaders – and co-founders of Level Up Investors Club, talk with Dr. Sylvi…
 
In order to implement an effective SDOH strategy, healthcare organizations must develop an infrastructure to integrate both clinical and social interventions. Our panel of experts from Melanin & Medicine, MetroPlus Health, Priority Health, ProMedica, and Socially Determined shares best practices, lessons learned, and key considerations to help you …
 
Faith Clarke is a mother, Organizational Health and Team Effectiveness Specialist, Co-founder, and CEO of an educational organization that supports families with children living with autism, an author, and podcast host for Peak Performance Team talks about her passion for helping organizations committed to healthy workplace culture, create a space …
 
Dr. Vikki Johnson is a dynamic speaker, passionate author, Minister, spiritual healer, empath, intuitive and the Chief Executive Officer of Soul Wealth LLC, an organization Dr. Vikki created to empower and equip women to invest in their emotional, mental, and spiritual health. In this conversation Dr. Vikki talks about her purpose, what she needs t…
 
Dr. Jonah Mink, Medical Director of Health.io discusses how health plans can convert data into actionable insights by leveraging focused chronic care service providers with at-home or last-mile care or diagnostics. Jonah also shares how health plans are generating clinical results and revenue from partnerships with service providers and offers guid…
 
Dr. Sylvia continues the conversation about the power of purpose with guest Reche’ Tariq Abdul-Haqq, a leader, advocate, and counselor dedicated to the healing and liberation of people from trauma and oppression. Reche’ shares his journey of unveiling his purpose growing up in the segregated south, to being a corporate leader for 34 years in the ph…
 
Achieving health equity begins with an ability to identify health disparities and their causes Without adequate data and measures, inequities remain unseen and unaddressed. Our expert panel discusses the importance of leveraging data and analytics to understand, measure, and support equity improvement efforts. They will share successful strategies …
 
Minnesota’s 41st Governor Tim Walz, 50th Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan, and Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Administration, Alice Roberts-Davis discuss their leadership journeys, styles, and hot topics impacting Minnesotans today: public safety, Covid -19, the state’s budget, and the state’s commitment to making Minnesota a more eq…
 
The opioid crisis was precipitated by physicians overprescribing opioid pain medication, egged on by the pharmaceutical industry, contributing to suffering and death from addiction and overdose. Now, many physicians are forcibly cutting patients off of opioids and refusing to prescribe in the setting of a backlash, contributing to suffering from pa…
 
Over the past two decades, global maternal mortality declined while maternal mortality is on the rise in the United States, and it disproportionately affects black women. In 2020, the maternal mortality rate for Black women was 2.9 times the rate for White women (CDC). Dr. Kristin Oates a Board-Certified Obstetrician/Gynecologist and Partner at Atl…
 
March is National Kidney Month and March 10th is World Kidney Day. The Center for Medicare and Medicaid published these details in an April 2021 report entitled Chronic Kidney Disease Disparities: “Racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic disparities exist in the quality of primary care for patients with chronic kidney disease and CKD risk factors. Low-in…
 
Nicole Martin is the founder of Power Trip Entertainment LLC. This full-service entertainment company provides a range of services from concert consulting, event management, makeup artistry, and talent procurement. Nickey shares how she grew her business to be nationally known and respected in the entertainment industry through capitalizing on her …
 
After 32 years of service, Chief Medaria Arradondo, the first Black police chief of the Minneapolis Police Department (MPD) announced his retirement from the force in January 2022. Chief Rhondo as he is affectionately known, has a leadership style deeply rooted in his love for the community, the city of Minneapolis, and his service to the police fo…
 
If suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in America, why aren’t more people talking openly about it? Melissa does just that, with staff members of the Didi Hirsch Suicide Prevention Center, the first of its kind in the U.S. We also hear from Cara McNulty, President of Behavioral Health and Mental Wellbeing for CVS Health Aetna, who discusses c…
 
Nineteen million workers quit their jobs in July 2021, and more than 1.7 million new business applications filed in Q3 2022 in the USA. During this podcast, Dr. Sylvia discusses the great resignation, what it looks like for the black community and how to reimagine how we do business while maintaining good emotional health. Her guests are Shawntera …
 
Eric goes one-on-one with Chris Delaney, Founder, and CEO of Insignia Health. During the episode, Chris talks about consumer centricity and the importance of the patient activation measure (PAM) for health plans and providers. He provides various case studies and overall guidance on how to successfully implement activation programs that work. This …
 
Melissa speaks with Dr. Nitin Gupta, the founder & CEO of Rivertowns Pediatrics in New York, about protecting his community throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as his own health challenges. He says, “I mirrored [my practice] after the pediatrician I had. He was always available for his patients. If I got sick, I saw him that day.” Dr. Gupta a…
 
In honor of Black History Month in America, Deborah Archer, the first person of color to be elected as the President of the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation, Inc. Board of Directors Executive Committee shares the history, mission, and work of the ACLU. The ACLU has been at the forefront of civil liberty, civil rights, and racial justice in…
 
Experts from Cigna, SCAN Health Plan and UPMC Health plan share strategies and best practices for generating higher HEDIS and STAR ratings by advancing a holistic approach to their members’ care including “last mile” strategies and caregiver support coupled with physical, behavioral and social needs. Panelists include Ellen Bjeckford, PhD, MPH, Ass…
 
Dr. Kenneth Samuel, Pastor of Victory of the World Church, shares his perspectives on the historical role of the Black Church in the Black community and how it compares today. During his conversation with Dr. Sylvia, he touches on some controversial issues common in the Black Church like patriarchy and heterosexism, his price for being an inclusive…
 
Dr. Cynthia Brandt joins Eric to discuss her mission to unlock philanthropy to improve health for children and mothers around the world through the foundation, which directs all fundraising for the Lucile Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford and for the maternal and child health programs at Stanford University School of Medicine. Cynthia sha…
 
From brokenness to wholeness, Zawadi Eaton shares her powerful story of hope as she transitioned from homelessness to living in transitional housing to being a housing, social justice, and human rights activist, a motivational speaker, spoken word artist, author, and coach. Zawadi takes our conversation to the depth of our soul as she explains how …
 
Our panel of experts from Commonwealth Care Alliance, Molina Healthcare of Ohio and BeneLynk share best practices for addressing the SDOH needs of your dual eligible members. Walk away with ideas you can implement in your own organization to close gaps in care, improve outcomes, and reduce costs. Topics include: Topics include: Combining technology…
 
On January 1st, the New York Times ran a story about prenatal genetic tests that are "usually wrong" -- but they got it wrong. These are actually just tests to tell if someone is high risk. The real story is that clinicians are not communicating with patients about what these tests mean, causing confusion and trauma. This happens across medicine an…
 
On Nov. 26th, 2021, The World Health Organization named Omicron a “variant of concern”. As the number of COVID hospitalization surges an expert panel joins host Dr. Sylvia to share information on the Omicron variant and the safety measures we can consider reducing our risk of infection and testing. Panelists are: Dr. Ellie Campbell: D.O Board Certi…
 
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