The Heart of Healthcare expands the traditional lens of what we think of as “healthcare” by exploring the social determinants of health, including our food system, housing, climate change, and more. Hear from the people behind the movements to better understand the underlying problems and discover how we can work together to solve them. 

Episodes

January 23, 2023 - 36 MIN

The Diet and Weight Loss Industry Isn’t Helping People Lose Weight — Can Telehealth Change That?

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More than 40% of Americans have obesity, a number that continues to rise. And despite being a multi-billion dollar business — the weight loss industry just isn’t helping people lose weight. Perhaps that’s why new GLP-1 medicati.. Read More
More than 40% of Americans have obesity, a number that continues to rise. And despite being a multi-billion dollar business — the weight loss industry just isn’t helping people lose weight. Perhaps that’s why new GLP-1 medications, like Wegovy, are getting so much attention. To learn more, I spoke to Sarah Jones Simmer, CEO of Found. With over $130M in venture funding, Found is the largest medically-supported weight care clinic in the country. Join us as we delve into the history of the weight loss industry, and discuss how telehealth (and responsible prescribing) along with new medications, may just be an inflection point. Visit the Heart of Healthcare website for episode recaps and more!
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January 09, 2023 - 45 MIN

Can Value-Based Care Save Our Healthcare System?

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The number of Americans with a primary care physician is declining along with the number of medical school graduates wanting to go into primary care. A big reason for this is how, and how much, they are paid. Can replacing our fee-fo.. Read More
The number of Americans with a primary care physician is declining along with the number of medical school graduates wanting to go into primary care. A big reason for this is how, and how much, they are paid. Can replacing our fee-for-service model with value-based care save our healthcare system? In this episode, Dr. Farzad Mostashari, former National Coordinator for Health IT at HHS and current Co-Founder and CEO of Aledade, dives into the what, why, and how of value-based care solutions. Follow Dr. Farzad Mostashari on Twitter. Follow host Halle Tecco on Twitter. Visit the Heart of Healthcare website for episode recaps and more!
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December 12, 2022 - 40 MIN

Eliminating Maternal Health Inequities

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In this episode, Dr. Laurie Zephyrin, Heart of Healthcare Grant Challenge judge and SVP for Advancing Health Equity at the Commonwealth Fund, interviews Dr. Ndidiamaka Amutah-Onukagha from Tuft’s Center for Black Maternal Health &a.. Read More
In this episode, Dr. Laurie Zephyrin, Heart of Healthcare Grant Challenge judge and SVP for Advancing Health Equity at the Commonwealth Fund, interviews Dr. Ndidiamaka Amutah-Onukagha from Tuft’s Center for Black Maternal Health & Reproductive Justice, the winner of our $25,000 grant challenge. Learn about how CBMHRJ is taking a new approach to eliminating maternal health inequities and improving the Black birthing experience. Follow Dr. Laurie Zephyrin on Twitter Follow Dr. Ndidiamaka Amutah-Onukagha on Twitter Learn more about the Heart of Healthcare Grant Challenge.
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December 05, 2022 - 47 MIN

Social Media and Medical Misinformation

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In this episode, Renée DiResta, researcher at the Stanford Internet Observatory, talks about the spread of malign narratives across social networks and how that impacts public health. Renée has advised Congress and the State D.. Read More
In this episode, Renée DiResta, researcher at the Stanford Internet Observatory, talks about the spread of malign narratives across social networks and how that impacts public health. Renée has advised Congress and the State Department, and has studied medical disinformation and the anti-vaccine movement. Renée regularly writes and speaks about the role that tech platforms play in the proliferation of disinformation and conspiracy theories, and has written and been covered in Wired, the New York Times, The Economist, Washington Post, and more. Follow Renée DiResta on Twitter. Follow host Halle Tecco on Twitter. Visit the Heart of Healthcare website for episode recaps and more!
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November 28, 2022 - 44 MIN

Starting a Company: Mission Impossible

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Starting a company is hard, even in the best of times. But during a period of economic uncertainty, supply chain disruptions, political divisions, and a global pandemic -- it can feel impossible. In this episode, I talk to Sami Inkin.. Read More
Starting a company is hard, even in the best of times. But during a period of economic uncertainty, supply chain disruptions, political divisions, and a global pandemic -- it can feel impossible. In this episode, I talk to Sami Inkinen, a founder who has run companies in both bull and bear markets. Sami was the co-founder of Trulia (IPO) and now Virta Health (valued at $2B). We discuss:The benefits to starting a company in a downturnWhen to raise money, when to focus on top-line growth, and when to focus on unit economicsPractical tips for founder mental healthMaking hard decisions under pressureRowing from California to Hawaii, completely unassisted Follow Sami Inkinen on Twitter. Follow host Halle Tecco on Twitter. Visit the Heart of Healthcare website for more.
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Halle Tecco