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

May 23, 2022 - 44 MIN

Anti-Asian Racism in Healthcare

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May is Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) Heritage Month. 8.5% of healthcare workers are AAPI, compared to 6.8% of the U.S. population. While Americans of Asian and Pacific Island descent have made many contributions to our .. Read More
May is Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) Heritage Month. 8.5% of healthcare workers are AAPI, compared to 6.8% of the U.S. population. While Americans of Asian and Pacific Island descent have made many contributions to our healthcare system, they are facing increased discrimination at work and in their communities. In this episode, Dr. Esther Choo discusses the racism faced by AAPI healthcare workers, and what we can do about it. Follow Dr. Esther Choo on Twitter. Follow host Halle Tecco on Twitter. Visit The Heart of Healthcare website for episode recaps.
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May 16, 2022 - 44 MIN

Getting Dysentery, for Science

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Jake Eberts went viral from live-tweeting his experience participating in an 11-day clinical trial for a dysentery vaccine. He told the story incredibly humorous on Twitter, and I just needed to know more. In this episode, Jake share.. Read More
Jake Eberts went viral from live-tweeting his experience participating in an 11-day clinical trial for a dysentery vaccine. He told the story incredibly humorous on Twitter, and I just needed to know more. In this episode, Jake shares all the details from drinking the "shigella smoothie" to his thoughts on clinical trial ethics. Learn more about the shigella vaccine clinical trial. Follow Jake Eberts on Twitter. Follow host Halle Tecco on Twitter. Visit The Heart of Healthcare website for episode recaps.
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May 09, 2022 - 30 MIN

Unpacking the Nursing Crisis

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It’s National Nurses Week! As the most trusted profession for the last 20 years, nurses make up the highest percentage of the US healthcare workforce and serve as the primary providers of patient care. But we’re facing a nursing .. Read More
It’s National Nurses Week! As the most trusted profession for the last 20 years, nurses make up the highest percentage of the US healthcare workforce and serve as the primary providers of patient care. But we’re facing a nursing crisis and looming shortage. In this episode, McKinsey Partner and former nurse Gretchen Berlin shares the challenges the profession is facing, and what’s needed to turn things around (not a parade). Read the 2022 McKinsey Nursing Report. Follow host Halle Tecco on Twitter. Visit The Heart of Healthcare website for episode recaps.
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May 02, 2022 - 38 MIN

How E-Cigarette Makers Target Youth

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Decades of public health efforts to curb teen smoking have unraveled since Juul and other e-cigarette brands came on the market in 2015. With sketchy ads targeting youth and flavor names like “gummy bear” and “cool cucumber”,.. Read More
Decades of public health efforts to curb teen smoking have unraveled since Juul and other e-cigarette brands came on the market in 2015. With sketchy ads targeting youth and flavor names like “gummy bear” and “cool cucumber”, vaping has skyrocketed amongst youth. In fact, 10%-24% of high school students are now addicted to nicotine. In this episode, Dr. Susan Walley, Chief of the Division of Hospital Medicine at Children's National Hospital, discusses her work developing effective healthcare and school-based interventions to reduce youth tobacco use.
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April 18, 2022 - 22 MIN

Appreciating Neurodiversity

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Just because a computer isn’t running a Windows operating system doesn’t mean it’s broken, it’s just different. Same goes for people who are “neurodivergent”, a term used to describe any kind of divergence from dominant c.. Read More
Just because a computer isn’t running a Windows operating system doesn’t mean it’s broken, it’s just different. Same goes for people who are “neurodivergent”, a term used to describe any kind of divergence from dominant cultural norms of neurocognitive functioning. This can include people living with autism, ADHD, OCD, epilepsy, synesthesia, dyslexia, and more. In this episode, special guest host Marissa Pittard (who is neurodivergent herself, and the co-founder of Beaming Health) interviews actor Major Dodson about life on the spectrum. 
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Halle Tecco