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Conversations on Health Care® is a radio show about the opportunities for reform and innovation in the health care system. In addition to health care headlines, the centerpiece of each show is a feature story and conversation with an innovator in the delivery of care from around the globe. Co-hosts…

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    • Sep 29, 2022 LATEST EPISODE
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    How Will We Know When the Pandemic is Over? Brown Univ. Pandemic Center Director Explains

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 29, 2022 29:00


    Dr. Jennifer Nuzzo leads the Pandemic Center at the Brown University School of Public Health; she was initially hired for the role by Dr. Ashish Jha, who is now the White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator. Dr. Nuzzo tells hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter that COVID remains a fairly significant health threat, especially in terms of possible variants, but we're not in the same situation we were two years ago. She reacts to President Biden's recent statements about the state... Read More Read More The post How Will We Know When the Pandemic is Over? Brown Univ. Pandemic Center Director Explains appeared first on Healthy Communities Online.

    White House Preview: How Can We Tackle Hunger, Nutrition, and Health?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 22, 2022 29:00


    Wednesday, Sept. 28, the Biden-Harris Administration will host the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health, the first one in over 50 years. What will the experts and community leaders discuss? How will we reach the goal of ending U.S. hunger and reducing diet-related diseases in a majority of Americans by 2030? “Conversations on Health Care” hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter get answers from Dan Glickman, the former Secretary of Agriculture, and Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian, a renowned expert... Read More Read More The post White House Preview: How Can We Tackle Hunger, Nutrition, and Health? appeared first on Healthy Communities Online.

    Who's Community Health Centers' Top Ally? Powerful House Leader Makes the Case

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 15, 2022 29:00


    Majority Whip James Clyburn, the third-most powerful Democrat in the U.S. House, makes a passionate case for community health centers. His goal is to get a center within commuting distance of each American. “Every time legislation comes forward on health care I'm always trying to figure out how we can get community health centers to benefit from this legislation…not satisfied with where we are because we are not where we need to be yet,” he says. Clyburn also confirms to... Read More Read More The post Who's Community Health Centers' Top Ally? Powerful House Leader Makes the Case appeared first on Healthy Communities Online.

    Monkeypox Update from Top White House Coordinator

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 8, 2022 29:00


    Dr. Demetre Daskalakis, White House National Monkeypox Response Deputy Coordinator, joins “Conversations on Health Care” to discuss the latest details about this rare, infectious viral disease. Dr. Daskalakis talks with hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter about the spread of the disease in the U.S., the vaccination efforts, and how the entire health care community is careful to avoid stigmatizing any community while focusing on the virus itself. The post Monkeypox Update from Top White House Coordinator appeared first on Healthy Communities Online.

    CDC Director Rochelle Walensky on COVID Fall Booster Details

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 29, 2022 27:30


    CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky and colleagues will soon review data for the new bivalent booster shot for COVID; she says it relates to very small changes in the mRNA sequence and that “shouldn't impact safety at all…if we wait for those data to emerge in human data…not just mice data but human data…we would be using what I would consider to be a potentially outdated vaccine…it's best to use a vaccine that's tailored to the variant we have right... Read More Read More The post CDC Director Rochelle Walensky on COVID Fall Booster Details appeared first on Healthy Communities Online.

    Former CDC Director Dr. Frieden's Thoughts on Dr. Fauci and His Next Chapter

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 23, 2022 29:00


    Former Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director Dr. Tom Frieden shares his thoughts about the news Dr. Anthony Fauci will soon leave government service. Frieden explains how the next director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases will need to be realistic that he or she will have big shoes to fill. Frieden, who now leads the nonprofit Resolve to Save Lives, also tells hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter that he endorses an independent commission to... Read More Read More The post Former CDC Director Dr. Frieden's Thoughts on Dr. Fauci and His Next Chapter appeared first on Healthy Communities Online.

    USAID & Abortion: Dr. Atul Gawande Reassures Partners Following Dobbs

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 18, 2022 26:52


    Dr. Atul Gawande, Assistant Administrator for Global Health at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), joins us to share how countries are responding to the U.S. abortion rights reversal. He says, “There have been some instances of concern about a possible chilling effect…I've been in touch to address questions and meet with our partners…the United States is the largest supporter of family planning around the world…we are the leading experts in how to ensure modernized forms of family planning... Read More Read More The post USAID & Abortion: Dr. Atul Gawande Reassures Partners Following Dobbs appeared first on Healthy Communities Online.

    He Helped Eradicate Smallpox – Listen to His Concerns About Monkeypox

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 9, 2022 29:00


    Renowned epidemiologist and innovator Dr. Larry Brilliant says we've entered an “age of pandemics” as the Biden administration declares the monkeypox outbreak a public health emergency. Dr. Brilliant is the chair of the advisory board of Ending Pandemics, a nonprofit working to find outbreaks faster around the world. His expertise is a result of his success in helping the World Health Organization eradicate smallpox in the 1970s. He also discusses with hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter the limits of... Read More Read More The post He Helped Eradicate Smallpox – Listen to His Concerns About Monkeypox appeared first on Healthy Communities Online.

    Are Long Covid Patients Exaggerating? Biden Top Doctor Says No: “Long COVID is real”

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 4, 2022 29:00


    U.S. health officials now estimate 7–23 million Americans have developed Long COVID, which can last weeks or months. Admiral Rachel L. Levine, MD, Assistant Secretary for Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, joins “Conversations on Health Care” to push back against Long COVID doubters. She says, “We don't know exactly what is causing Long COVID, it might not be one thing, but Long COVID is real and those patients need support and they need treatment. We want to... Read More Read More The post Are Long Covid Patients Exaggerating? Biden Top Doctor Says No: “Long COVID is real” appeared first on Healthy Communities Online.

    West Alabama Women's Center Director Talks About the Impact of Roe

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 28, 2022 29:00


    The Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization decision, overturning a constitutional right to abortion, has led to abortion services ending at West Alabama Women's Center, Inc., in Tuscaloosa. The clinic's director, Robin Marty, explains that the states making abortion illegal are also the ones blocking Medicaid expansion. She says their idea appears to be that “It's too expensive to give people health care but you can force them to give birth against their will.” Amanda Allen is senior counsel and... Read More Read More The post West Alabama Women's Center Director Talks About the Impact of Roe appeared first on Healthy Communities Online.

    Dr. Eric Topol: COVID BA.5 variant “worst we've seen”

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 20, 2022 28:59


    Dr. Eric Topol, one of the most prominent and prolific COVID experts, provides his thoughts on the COVID BA.5 subvariant. He says, “it's the worst variant… [because of] the immune escape…the ability to have growth, fitness and advantages that we haven't seen before…the properties are getting worse…and lasting longer. The virus has not finished its evolutionary arc. There's more to come, unfortunately.” Conversations on Health Care hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter also talk to Dr. Topol about Dr. Anthony... Read More Read More The post Dr. Eric Topol: COVID BA.5 variant “worst we've seen” appeared first on Healthy Communities Online.

    How VA Innovation Affects the Entire Health Care System

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 13, 2022 29:00


    The U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs operates the nation's largest integrated health care system. But how much do you know about how well VA Medical Centers and clinics identify innovative therapies, practices and policies and then diffuse them across a large footprint? Ryan Vega, MD, MSHA, leads the Innovation Ecosystem within the Veterans Health Administration. This initiative focuses on being the catalyst for enabling the discovery and spread of mission-driven health care innovation to advance care delivery and service. Dr.... Read More Read More The post How VA Innovation Affects the Entire Health Care System appeared first on Healthy Communities Online.

    Health Care is a Right, Not a Privilege: A Commitment for 50+ Years

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 22, 2022 29:00


    For over 50 years Community Health Center, Inc., has focused on one key thought: Health Care is a Right, Not a Privilege. “Conversations on Health Care” is CHC's nationally syndicated program that brings the mission to life. This week guest host Thalia Assuras, a CBS and ABC News veteran, continues her talk with Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter about CHC's anniversary, the interview program and its first guest Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. They also discuss how CHC's experience... Read More Read More The post Health Care is a Right, Not a Privilege: A Commitment for 50+ Years appeared first on Healthy Communities Online.

    50 Years of Community Health Center, Inc.: A Special Conversation

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 15, 2022 29:01


    We're marking the 50th anniversary of the founding of Community Health Center, Inc., by turning the tables on hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter. Join former CBS and ABC News anchor Thalia Assuras as she asks Mark and Margaret to share their memories on this special occasion. You'll learn about the early challenges of starting CHC, the patients it's helped and how it fits into the larger effort to improve U.S. health care. The post 50 Years of Community Health Center, Inc.: A Special Conversation appeared first on Healthy Communities Online.

    How Do We Make Healthy Buildings the Next Public Health Revolution?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 8, 2022 28:58


    Joseph Allen is the director of the Healthy Buildings Program at Harvard University's T.H. Chan School of Public Health. As the co-author of “Healthy Buildings: How Indoor Spaces Drive Performance and Productivity,” his views are closely followed as we try to move quicker than COVID can spread. “Conversations on Health Care” co-hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter talk with Allen about new efforts to elevate the quality of indoor spaces in an overall health strategy. The post How Do We Make Healthy Buildings the Next Public Health Revolution? appeared first on Healthy Communities Online.

    COVID Expert Dr. Hotez On His Own Positive Case: What He's Learned

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 2, 2022 29:00


    Dr. Peter Hotez, who helped develop a patent-free COVID-19 vaccine, has tested positive himself for a breakthrough strain of the virus. He explained to “Conversations on Health Care” that he's doing “pretty well” and is confident that's because he's fully vaccinated and double-boosted. Dr. Hotez shared with hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter that he'd been taking the oral antiviral medication Paxlovid when the interview was recorded. He said it's a good drug with solid evidence but also suggested that... Read More Read More The post COVID Expert Dr. Hotez On His Own Positive Case: What He's Learned appeared first on Healthy Communities Online.

    A Teacher From Parkland H.S. Reflects on the Uvalde & Buffalo Mass Shootings

    Play Episode Listen Later May 26, 2022 25:21


    Parkland, Florida, teacher Sarah Lerner shares her poignant thoughts as the nation reacts to the latest deadly school shooting. Lerner was teaching the day a former student killed 17 at her high school; she has gone on to help lead Teachers Unify to End Gun Violence. Lerner discusses with hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter how public health must continue its focus on stopping gun violence and what lawmakers can do. The post A Teacher From Parkland H.S. Reflects on the Uvalde & Buffalo Mass Shootings appeared first on Healthy Communities Online.

    Harm Reduction in U.S. Substance Use Disorder Efforts: Top Official Explains How It Works

    Play Episode Listen Later May 18, 2022 29:01


    This week “Conversations on Health Care” discusses the Biden administration's National Drug Control Strategy. Tom Coderre, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), explains what harm reduction is and how it's helping. Join us as Coderre answers questions from hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter about SAMHSA's mission to reduce the impact of substance use disorder and mental illness on America's communities. The post Harm Reduction in U.S. Substance Use Disorder Efforts: Top Official Explains How It Works appeared first on Healthy Communities Online.

    Why the Path to Mental Health Goes Beyond Science: America's Former Top Mental Health Leader Explains

    Play Episode Listen Later May 11, 2022 29:00


    Former National Institute of Mental Health director Dr. Thomas Insel discusses how he's combining his long-standing neuroscience and genetics studies with advocacy for better patient services, which is a topic in his new book, “Healing: Our Path from Mental Illness to Mental Health.” Conversations on Health Care hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter ask him about efforts to build public awareness and support for those with mental health issues. He says, “The real tragedy here isn't that we're stigmatizing [those... Read More Read More The post Why the Path to Mental Health Goes Beyond Science: America's Former Top Mental Health Leader Explains appeared first on Healthy Communities Online.

    Pulitzer Prize Winner Explains Why “There Is No Way of Getting the Risk of Future Pandemics…Down to Zero”

    Play Episode Listen Later May 6, 2022 28:59


    The Atlantic staff writer Ed Yong says the threat of future pandemics requires society to aggressively face and fix racial, economic and health disparities. The acclaimed journalist also explains how his reporting is showing big differences in how COVID is still affecting the U.S. — some communities are “cautiously optimistic” while others are “nearing…the height of the Omicron surge in terms of new admissions.” Conversations on Health Care hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter also talk with Yong about the... Read More Read More The post Pulitzer Prize Winner Explains Why “There Is No Way of Getting the Risk of Future Pandemics…Down to Zero” appeared first on Healthy Communities Online.

    Dr. Deborah Birx Reacts to Vice President Testing Positive for COVID; Criticizes Trump White House Pandemic Communications

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 26, 2022 38:35


    Former White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx shared her perspective about Vice President Kamala Harris testing positive for COVID with “Conversations on Health Care.” Birx says, “I think [the vice president's diagnosis] illustrates our very dilemma right now. She was vaccinated, boostered and then reboosted just a month ago and I'm sure she will do incredibly well. She has access to all of the really critical therapeutics…people get infected despite full vaccinations and boosting.” Birx told hosts Mark... Read More Read More The post Dr. Deborah Birx Reacts to Vice President Testing Positive for COVID; Criticizes Trump White House Pandemic Communications appeared first on Healthy Communities Online.

    TV's Jane Pauley's Personal Story: Why Community Health Centers Matter to Her

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 21, 2022 28:58


    Jane Pauley has been a familiar face on America's TV screens since she started on NBC's “Today” and continues as anchor of CBS “Sunday Morning.” Her interest in mental health has grown through the years as she faced her own challenges and as she became connected to behavioral health leaders in her home state of Indiana. Now her name graces the front doors of the Jane Pauley Community Health Center and she's a powerful advocate for the services they, and... Read More Read More The post TV's Jane Pauley's Personal Story: Why Community Health Centers Matter to Her appeared first on Healthy Communities Online.

    Reaction to Philadelphia's New Mask Orders: “A Little Premature”

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 13, 2022 31:43


    “It feels a little premature…I might have waited a little longer to see what happens.” That's the reaction from COVID expert Dr. Robert Wachter to Philadelphia's decision to again require people to wear masks indoors, including in schools and daycares. It's the first major American city to take this step. Wachter is chair of the Department of Medicine, University of California San Francisco and a popular voice on Twitter. He also shares that policymakers, including those looking at renewing public... Read More Read More The post Reaction to Philadelphia's New Mask Orders: “A Little Premature” appeared first on Healthy Communities Online.

    APHA Executive Director: $10B in New COVID Funding Needed, Being Spent Responsibly

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 6, 2022 28:59


    Dr. Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association, says the legislative agreement for $10 billion in new federal COVID funding is “really a drop in the bucket.” He says more dollars are needed to build up public health in all parts of the U.S. He responded to some political complaints by assuring taxpayers that public health officials are indeed financially accountable. Conversations on Health Care hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter also asked Dr. Benjamin about the... Read More Read More The post APHA Executive Director: $10B in New COVID Funding Needed, Being Spent Responsibly appeared first on Healthy Communities Online.

    CMS Administrator Chiquita Brooks-LaSure Breaks Down President Biden's Health Budget Goals

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 30, 2022 29:00


    CMS Administrator Chiquita Brooks-LaSure discusses President Biden's increased health budget proposal for the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), which is focused on health equity, mental health parity, and nursing home safety as key goals in the coming year.  The Administrator says more resources are being allocated to address the nation's mental health crisis, especially for the nation's children still being impacted by the pandemic. Administrator Brooks-LaSure, the first... Read More Read More The post CMS Administrator Chiquita Brooks-LaSure Breaks Down President Biden's Health Budget Goals appeared first on Healthy Communities Online.

    Ukraine Doctor's War Dispatch: Horrific Criminal Acts

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 24, 2022 30:58


    Dr. Iryna Voloshyna, a primary care medical professor in Ukraine, shares a harrowing account of how she and others have tried to deliver urgently needed oncology medication to patients but “can't give them to our people…because there is no road, there are only Russian military soldiers who try to kill everyone who tries to bring boxes.” Dr. Voloshyna tells Conversations on Health Care hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter that she and her daughter had to sleep on the subway... Read More Read More The post Ukraine Doctor's War Dispatch: Horrific Criminal Acts appeared first on Healthy Communities Online.

    From the Front Line in Romania to Washington, DC: Project HOPE Supporting the Refugee Crisis   

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 15, 2022 29:00


    Conversations on Health Care hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter welcome Project HOPE's CEO Rabih Torbay and Director of Emergency Response and Preparedness Tom Cotter, who joined the show from the field in Bucharest, Romania. They share the daunting task of providing extensive support and local training to the existing medical infrastructure in handling both the destruction of medical facilities within Ukraine and the millions of refugees in need of medical and behavioral health services as they arrive in neighboring... Read More Read More The post From the Front Line in Romania to Washington, DC: Project HOPE Supporting the Refugee Crisis    appeared first on Healthy Communities Online.

    Building on the Legacy of Global Health Leader Dr. Paul Farmer 

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 9, 2022 28:15


    As the world faces enormous challenges, in Ukraine and from COVID, it's doing so without one of its global health champions. Dr. Paul Farmer, the co-founder and chief strategist of Partners In Health, unexpectedly passed away in February. This week Dr. Joia Mukherjee, the Chief Medical Officer of Partners in Health, shares memories with Conversations on Health Care hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter. She explains how the nonprofit's focus will remain on community health in the countries it serves. The post Building on the Legacy of Global Health Leader Dr. Paul Farmer  appeared first on Healthy Communities Online.

    Ukraine: Live Interview with Physician at Her Clinic

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 3, 2022 18:27


    The whole world is watching as Russian troops advance in Ukraine and brave medical professionals are on duty throughout the crisis. One of them is Dr. Kateryna Pochtar, who shares her chilling description of how she and her colleagues are trying to help patients in their clinic. Dr. Pochtar explains how patients are crying in her arms as her life consists of just work, hiding and sleep. She tells Conversations on Health Care hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter that... Read More Read More The post Ukraine: Live Interview with Physician at Her Clinic appeared first on Healthy Communities Online.

    Omicron's Health Inequities: N.Y. State Health Commissioner Vows to Close Gap

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 23, 2022 29:00


    Dr. Mary Bassett, New York State Commissioner of Health, says the COVID Omicron variant is still exposing health inequities — African Americans in New York have been hospitalized twice as much as the majority population during this latest wave. Bassett says achieving health equity “will be the North Star of my working life as a physician committed to public health.” Bassett also tells Conversations on Health Care hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter that the state has four times as... Read More Read More The post Omicron's Health Inequities: N.Y. State Health Commissioner Vows to Close Gap appeared first on Healthy Communities Online.

    Dr. Anthony Fauci on Childhood Vaccine Delay & Political Divisiveness: ‘We Are at War With a Common Enemy', Not the Time to Fight With Each Other

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 16, 2022 27:44


    This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter welcome Dr. Anthony Fauci back to the show, two years after his first appearance discussing the novel coronavirus spreading around the world. The Chief Medical Advisor to the Biden White House and long-time Director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the NIH expressed concern over the ongoing political divisiveness impacting our ability to contain COVID outbreaks leading to almost 1 million deaths in this country. He says FDA... Read More Read More The post Dr. Anthony Fauci on Childhood Vaccine Delay & Political Divisiveness: ‘We Are at War With a Common Enemy', Not the Time to Fight With Each Other appeared first on Healthy Communities Online.

    Biden COVID Equity Advisor Faces Dilemma as His Employer Drops Vaccine Mandate

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 10, 2022 29:01


    Dr. Cameron Webb, White House Senior Policy Adviser for COVID-19 Equity, is navigating a tricky situation — as he advocates for vaccines, the university where he works just dropped its student vaccine mandate. Webb tells Conversations on Health Care hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter that he realizes the University of Virginia has some new dynamics to navigate. “There's this rush to roll back a lot of the strategies that have gotten us to a point where we're seeing less... Read More Read More The post Biden COVID Equity Advisor Faces Dilemma as His Employer Drops Vaccine Mandate appeared first on Healthy Communities Online.

    House Appropriations Chair Rosa DeLauro: More Money for Hospitals, Vaccines Forthcoming?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 31, 2022 29:00


    This week hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), Chair of the House Appropriations Committee, on her expectations for building consensus on revised Build Back Better legislation, as well as the possibility for more relief money for hospitals and other entities in the wake of the ongoing pandemic. She says the expanded Child Tax Credit has lifted millions of American children out of poverty, significantly easing economic pressures on working families, and that it should... Read More Read More The post House Appropriations Chair Rosa DeLauro: More Money for Hospitals, Vaccines Forthcoming? appeared first on Healthy Communities Online.

    US Education Secretary Miguel Cardona on Politics, Pandemic Fatigue and Keeping Kids Safe in School

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 25, 2022 24:53


    This week hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter welcome US Education Secretary Dr. Miguel Cardona, who discusses the Biden administration's efforts to contain the pandemic's impact while keeping students and teachers safe in school. He laments the influence of politics on the proven public health practices to prevent spread of the disease which includes mask wearing and widespread vaccinations. He says this pandemic has revealed the importance of providing medical and behavioral care in school-based health clinics. He also applauds... Read More Read More The post US Education Secretary Miguel Cardona on Politics, Pandemic Fatigue and Keeping Kids Safe in School appeared first on Healthy Communities Online.

    Dr. Michael Osterholm: COVID is Not Done with Us ,Omicron Surge, Future Variants and Building Better Vaccines

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 20, 2022 29:01


    This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter welcome renowned epidemiologist Dr. Michael Osterholm, Director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP) at the University of Minnesota, who has served 5 presidential administrations in preparing for pandemics and bio-terror threats. Dr. Osterholm says the highly infectious omicron variant will continue to threaten hospital systems, schools and supply chains, warning the threat of future variants that may evade immunity is still a very real concern. He predicts that... Read More Read More The post Dr. Michael Osterholm: COVID is Not Done with Us ,Omicron Surge, Future Variants and Building Better Vaccines appeared first on Healthy Communities Online.

    A Candid Conversation with CDC Director Rochelle Walensky on Politics of the Office, Masking Guidelines, COVID Testing and Pandemic Frustration

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 13, 2022 28:28


    This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter welcome CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky, addressing confusion and frustration around lack of rapid COVID tests and need for more N95 masks for the public. She talks about the shifting plan of action from the Biden Administration in response to the dramatic surge in omicron-driven COVID cases, and the scaled up efforts to make rapid tests and high quality masks available to all Americans. The post A Candid Conversation with CDC Director Rochelle Walensky on Politics of the Office, Masking Guidelines, COVID Testing and Pandemic Frustration appeared first on Healthy Communities Online.

    New Pandemic Strategy Needed: Dr. Zeke Emanuel & Former Biden COVID Team Members Calling For New Approach

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 11, 2022 28:30


    This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Dr. Zeke Emanuel, Vice Provost at the University of Pennsylvania and former member of the Biden administration's COVID Transition Team. He and other former Biden advisors have called for a dramatic new approach to addressing COVID-19 saying we will not eradicate the virus, so we need new strategies to live with it. They're calling for a radical re-tooling of our public health data system to capture real-time data, and for... Read More Read More The post New Pandemic Strategy Needed: Dr. Zeke Emanuel & Former Biden COVID Team Members Calling For New Approach appeared first on Healthy Communities Online.

    Pediatrician Dr. Peter Hotez Creates New Vaccine: Gives Advice for Families With Young Children Staying Safe During Surge

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 5, 2022 26:39


    This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Dr. Peter Hotez, Dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at the Baylor College of Medicine, and co-creator of a new, low-cost vaccine for COVID-19. Dr. Hotez discusses plans for Corbevax, a recombinant protein vaccine shown to be highly protective against COVID-19, which has just been given Emergency Use Authorization by the Indian government. Dr. Hotez's plan is to make the formula available to poor and developing countries around... Read More Read More The post Pediatrician Dr. Peter Hotez Creates New Vaccine: Gives Advice for Families With Young Children Staying Safe During Surge appeared first on Healthy Communities Online.

    What a Year! A Look Back At COVID's Grip on 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 27, 2021 28:14


    This week, Mark and Margaret take a look back at COVID's hold on 2021, the early promise of vaccines, the relentless march of mutations and the vicious rise of new variants leading to pandemic surges around the world. They revisit conversations with memorable guests from famed virologists and epidemiologists like Paul Offit and Michael Osterholm, to President Biden's COVID team leaders Rochelle Walensky, Anthony Fauci and Rachel Levine. They revisited guests focused on other health news: Bill McKibben on climate... Read More Read More The post What a Year! A Look Back At COVID's Grip on 2021 appeared first on Healthy Communities Online.

    Omicron Could Be as Deadly as Delta, Boosters' Short Protection &‘Dangerous' Oral COVID Pill from Merck: A Talk With William Haseltine

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 20, 2021 29:00


    This week hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with renowned virus expert Dr. William Haseltine who has ‘grave concerns' about Merck's oral COVID drug Malnupiravir, which recently won narrow approval from the FDA advisory panel. He says the drug unleashes ‘dangerous' mutations that could evolve the virus beyond control. He's also urging extreme caution as the highly infectious omicron variant is sweeping across the US, saying it could be as deadly as the delta variant and that boosters may... Read More Read More The post Omicron Could Be as Deadly as Delta, Boosters' Short Protection &‘Dangerous' Oral COVID Pill from Merck: A Talk With William Haseltine appeared first on Healthy Communities Online.

    Robert Gallo, Scientist Who Co-Discovered HIV Offers Guidance to Patients as Omicron Increases

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 15, 2021 30:00


    This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter welcome famed AIDS Researcher Dr. Robert Gallo, co-discoverer of the HIV virus, which led to the first tests and treatments for AIDS. He is Director of the Institute for Human Virology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and Co-founder of the Global Virus Network, a consortium of research centers of excellence in 66 countries around the world, a nongovernmental agency collaborating on emerging virus research. Dr. Gallo says their network... Read More Read More The post Robert Gallo, Scientist Who Co-Discovered HIV Offers Guidance to Patients as Omicron Increases appeared first on Healthy Communities Online.

    “Not the Doomsday Variant”: Dr. Eric Topol's Concerns Around Omicron and America's Low Fully Vaccinated Rate

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 8, 2021 30:00


    This week hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter welcome Dr. Eric Topol, Director of the Scripps Research Translational Institute, for his perspective on the rapid spread of the Omicron variant. He says early data shows that it is highly transmissible, but apparently not more deadly. His greater concern is around the current Delta surge leading to more infections, low vaccination rates in developing countries leading to more variants, and the “abysmal” vaccination performance in the U.S. He says mRNA vaccines... Read More Read More The post “Not the Doomsday Variant”: Dr. Eric Topol's Concerns Around Omicron and America's Low Fully Vaccinated Rate appeared first on Healthy Communities Online.

    Health News This Week: Omicron Makes Gains Around the World as U.S. Supreme Court Justices Hear Mississippi Abortion Case

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 3, 2021 27:41


    This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter examine the latest details about the omicron COVID variant, including the important role community health centers continue to play in the pandemic. In addition, we revisit their recent conversation with Planned Parenthood Federation of America President and CEO Alexis McGill Johnson on the Supreme Court hearing on the Mississippi law banning abortion after 15 weeks, posing the greatest threat to Roe v. Wade in half a century. She also talks about systematic... Read More Read More The post Health News This Week: Omicron Makes Gains Around the World as U.S. Supreme Court Justices Hear Mississippi Abortion Case appeared first on Healthy Communities Online.

    UN Climate Summit Fell Short, But Gary Cohen Says President Biden's Build Back Better Act Holds Great Promise

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 22, 2021 30:00


    This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Gary Cohen, Founder of Health Care Without Harm, an award-winning global non-profit seeking to create an environmentally-responsible health system. Winner of the MacArthur Foundation's ‘Genius Grant' for his work reducing the health industry's pollution footprint, he says the COP26 UN Climate summit in Glasgow didn't go far enough to hold global warming to 1.5 degrees Fahrenheit, which means a billion people will be exposed to dangerous heat stress. Mr. Cohen... Read More Read More The post UN Climate Summit Fell Short, But Gary Cohen Says President Biden's Build Back Better Act Holds Great Promise appeared first on Healthy Communities Online.

    Rocketing with Captain Kirk To A New Frontier: Astronaut Glen de Vries on New Era of Innovation In Space Travel and Health Care

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 10, 2021 29:02


    Update (11/12/2021): We are devastated to learn of the sudden passing of Glen de Vries. He was a thoughtful, brilliant guest whose innovative ideas we were lucky enough to hear firsthand on the show. Our deepest condolences to his family. He will be missed. This week hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Glen de Vries, Vice Chair for Health and Life Sciences at Dassault Systèmes and Founder and former CEO of Medidata, the first cloud based system supporting... Read More Read More The post Rocketing with Captain Kirk To A New Frontier: Astronaut Glen de Vries on New Era of Innovation In Space Travel and Health Care appeared first on Healthy Communities Online.

    Lies and Misinformation Led to Hundreds of Thousands of US Deaths: Yale's Dr. Nicholas Christakis on Enduring Impact of COVID-19

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 4, 2021 31:08


    This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Dr. Nicholas Christakis, Director of Yale's Human Nature Lab and expert on the influence of social networks on health and behavior. In his recent book, Apollo's Arrow: The Profound and Enduring Impact of Coronavirus on the Way We Live” he examines the history of pandemics throughout human history, and says the ‘appalling” US response, driven by denial from the White House and amplified by social media channels led to hundreds... Read More Read More The post Lies and Misinformation Led to Hundreds of Thousands of US Deaths: Yale's Dr. Nicholas Christakis on Enduring Impact of COVID-19 appeared first on Healthy Communities Online.

    “Roe Hanging On By A Thread”: Planned Parenthood President Alexis McGill Johnson on Imminent Threat To Reproductive Rights

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 27, 2021 30:01


    This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Planned Parenthood Federation of America CEO Alexis McGill Johnson, on upcoming Supreme Court hearing on S.B.8., the Texas law banning abortion after 6 weeks. She discusses the record number of restrictive abortion laws across the country causing harm to patients and clinicians committed to providing family planning services, and the former administration's Title X abortion ‘gag' rule, which greatly hampered access to legally-guaranteed ‘right to choose'. She expects Roe-v-Wade will... Read More Read More The post “Roe Hanging On By A Thread”: Planned Parenthood President Alexis McGill Johnson on Imminent Threat To Reproductive Rights appeared first on Healthy Communities Online.

    Mandates ‘Turbocharging' Vaccination Rates: US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy on Vaccine Requirements, Boosters and Vaccinating Kids

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 22, 2021 30:00


    This week hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter welcome “the Nation's Doctor,” US Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy, Co-chair of President Biden's White House COVID Task Force. Dr. Murthy explains the FDA's latest approval for mixing vaccine brands for booster shots. He also addresses White House plans to roll out COVID vaccine support for the nation's 5-11-year-olds pending FDA approval, and how vaccine requirements are ‘turbocharging' vaccination rates. Dr. Murthy examines the growing crisis of unmet mental health needs, addiction,... Read More Read More The post Mandates ‘Turbocharging' Vaccination Rates: US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy on Vaccine Requirements, Boosters and Vaccinating Kids appeared first on Healthy Communities Online.

    “Safety Comes First”: FDA Vaccine Advisory Panel's Dr. Ofer Levy on Rigorous Process Around Vaccine Approval For Kids

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 13, 2021 29:02


    This week we speak with Dr. Ofer Levy, Director of the Precision Vaccines Program at Boston Children's Hospital, Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and member of the FDA COVID Vaccine Advisory Panel. He talks about the recent decision to reject boosters for all recipients 16 and older, saying they didn't have enough data for younger populations to make that recommendation. He says the review process for emergency authorization for young children aged 5-to-11 will be thorough, rigorous and... Read More Read More The post “Safety Comes First”: FDA Vaccine Advisory Panel's Dr. Ofer Levy on Rigorous Process Around Vaccine Approval For Kids appeared first on Healthy Communities Online.

    Why COVID Crushed Us: Former FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb Details America's Botched Pandemic Response

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 5, 2021 31:00


    This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with former FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb whose new book outlines America's epic failure in our response to the pandemic, leading to more than 700,000 deaths. “Uncontrolled Spread: Why COVID-19 Crushed Us and How We Can Defeat the Next Pandemic” examines the inherent flaws at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other public agencies that left us vulnerable to the raging pandemic. Dr. Gottlieb says the CDC and other... Read More Read More The post Why COVID Crushed Us: Former FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb Details America's Botched Pandemic Response appeared first on Healthy Communities Online.

    US COVID Response Has Failed By Not Scaling Up Home Testing: Harvard's Michael Mina on Rapid Tests as Best Chance to Contain Outbreaks

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 30, 2021 30:00


    This week hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Dr. Michael Mina, Epidemiologist and member of the Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics at Harvard, where they are taking a multi-disciplinary approach to tackling the ongoing pandemic. Dr. Mina has long been a proponent of making cheap, rapid, at-home COVID tests available to all Americans as a much more effective way to curtail the pandemic's spread, especially as tens of millions of children have returned to the classroom. He says... Read More Read More The post US COVID Response Has Failed By Not Scaling Up Home Testing: Harvard's Michael Mina on Rapid Tests as Best Chance to Contain Outbreaks appeared first on Healthy Communities Online.

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