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Health Talks

  • They’ll Be There for You: Touching and Funny Stories about Community Health Work

    18 GIU 2024 · We spoke with Tyra Jones from the SIU School of Medicine about the importance of community health workers (CHWs). Tyra shares uplifting, poignant, and sometimes funny stories about working with patients and educating with empathy. Then we get into the ways health centers can improve CHW training programs, and how CHWs provide one-on-one help for patients who get a new diagnosis and have a lot of questions. We end with a detour into wellness, personality tests, and even how tv show’s like “Friends” all tie into winning strategies to improve community health care. 1:00-24:59 - Stories from the field 25:00-31:00 - "Friends" and personality tests 31:30-37:00 - Strategies to improve community health training Resources CHW Training Program - Office of Community Care -
    Played 38 min. 17 sec.
  • Streamlining Healthcare: Tackling Pharmacy Desserts and Enhancing Clinic Efficiency

    12 GIU 2024 · We explore pharmacy expansion and equitable health services access with our guests, Tina Plett-Kalainoff and Sarah Brondyke from Community Health Care, Inc. Discover how their collaborative efforts streamline pharmaceutical needs within healthcare systems to improve patient outcomes. We also chat about the vital role of vaccine and medication inventory management, and discuss strategies that enhance operations. Our conversation also touches on stories from the field and how current community health center expansion is combating pharmacy deserts to ensure equitable healthcare access for all.
    Played 26 min.
  • Queer Affirming Health Care is Just Good Health Care

    6 GIU 2024 · Happy Pride Month! In this three part special, we’re joined by David Sgarbossa and Maria De los Santos from Esperanza Health Centers to discuss their outreach efforts with the LGBTQ+ community. We interview David and Maria about the unique needs of LGBTQ+ individuals and how these are met through inclusive and affirming services. Discover how Esperanza collaborates with local LGBTQ+ organizations to address specific health concerns. David and Maria share inspirational stories from working with the community, outreach during Chicago's June Pride festivals, and year round healthcare services. They also give advice on how organizations and individuals can improve support for the LGBTQ+ community and stories about real-world successes.     Resources Mentioned Community Health Advocate Team at https://tel HIV Prevention & Treatment:
    Played 29 min. 54 sec.
  • Ensuring Mental Health Parity for Coverage in Illinois with Director Ann Gillespie

    30 MAG 2024 · Ann Gillespie, the Acting Director of the Illinois Department of Insurance, and Ollie Idowu, CEO of IPHCA discuss the important world of mental health parity laws, which require that coverage for mental health conditions be no more restrictive than coverage for physical health conditions. Director Ann Gillespie, recently appointed by Governor JB Pritzker, is a former Illinois State Senator, bringing her extensive experience in managed health care and insurance reforms to the table. We discover how the Department’s latest mental health parity campaign for May’s Mental Health Awareness Month, featuring a new animated character, Yarney, is designed to help consumers understand their rights. Then we get into Illinois’ ban on “junk insurance” policies and the ban on prior authorization for mental health care services. You’ll also discover new resources available to consumers, and how mental health parity laws help fix the broken mental health system, and the impact of social factors like poverty, education, and culture on mental health care. We end with inspirational stories about Director Gillespie’s efforts and initiatives that bring hope for better mental health insurance coverage. Resources Mentioned Mental Health Parity Campaign with Yarney: Mental Health Parity:
    Played 24 min. 35 sec.
  • Improving Mental Health Care Equity in Illinois with NAMI Chicago

    29 MAG 2024 · In part 2 of our “Mental Health Parity” series, we sit down with inspiring health care advocates Jen McGowan from NAMI Chicago and Cheri Hoots from IPHCA. They explore the importance of mental health parity in Illinois, ensuring vulnerable populations have access to mental health care. Jen and Cheri share stories about how their organizations improve mental health services, discuss the impact of social factors like poverty and education, and highlight hopeful initiatives for the future of mental health insurance coverage. Tune in for a conversation filled with hope, inspiration, and practical insights for improving mental health care in Illinois.
    Played 26 min. 6 sec.
  • Championing Mental Health Parity for Better Insurance Coverage with Assistant Secretary Lisa M. Gomez from the US Department of Labor

    28 MAG 2024 · In part 1 of our “Mental Health Parity” series, we spoke with Lisa M. Gomez, the Assistant Secretary of the Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA), appointed by President Joe Biden, to discuss mental health parity, which is the equal treatment of mental health conditions and substance use disorders in insurance plans. Lisa champions mental health parity in the United States. She shares her passion for mental health advocacy and dives into how EBSA is working to improve access to mental health parity for over 130 million Americans. Lisa also discusses the critical role of social factors like education, poverty, and culture in shaping access to mental health care services. Later in the episode, we chat about the projects that give Lisa hope, including the landmark Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA) and EBSA's ongoing campaigns to educate the public about their insurance rights. Whether you're a mental health advocate or someone seeking to understand more about access to mental health care in the U.S., this episode offers valuable insights. Don't miss this opportunity to hear from a leading voice in the fight for mental health parity. This is part 1 of a 3 part mini-series focused on improving access to mental health care services in the U.S. Resources Mentioned: Call 866-444-3272 to contact EBSA for help with your mental health insurance coverage benefits.
    Played 27 min. 7 sec.
  • Mindfulness Practices for Everyday Life

    23 MAG 2024 · Can only one minute of mindfulness transform your whole day? Today, Raj Savalia sat down with providers from Tapestry 360 Health center in Chicago to discuss the importance of mindfulness and mental health care. Discover how the health center uses mindfulness, shares resources, and educates teams to improve community health. We also dive into integrative medicine, holistic care, inspirational stories, and practical tips for integrating mindfulness into daily life. The episode winds down with a short, guided meditation that’s shows how simple it is to integrate mindfulness practices into your everyday routine. Resources: 5 Minute Guided Mindfulness Meditation -
    Played 17 min.
  • Patients and Pesto: A Journey to Healthier Produce

    21 MAG 2024 · How does fresh produce improve patient care? Our guests Nana Tsuladze and Rihanna Cheek joined us last week to discuss their health center’s community garden. We explore how that garden transforms the way patients in recovery eat and think about food. Then you’ll hear fun stories about patients getting creative with zucchini bread recipes and pesto made with fresh produce. We hope the community garden inspires conversations about nutrition and nudges folks to rethink produce and patient care!
    Played 17 min. 2 sec.
  • A Community Garden Plants Hope in Chicago

    16 MAG 2024 · We’re back! Today, we’re joined by two fantastic guests from Tapestry 360 Health to talk about their community garden program. Providers Nana Tsuladze and Rhianna Cheek started working with patients on their Medication Assisted Treatment group last Spring, and it was a huge success. We also discuss inspirational stories about how the garden helps patients in recovery start healthier diets and maintain recovery. Resources Mentioned:
    Played 24 min. 21 sec.
  • How Health Centers Can Make the IDD Population More Comfortable

    26 MAR 2024 · Dr. Sean Boynes talks about the different trainings, the different resources out there, and why it's important and how to make patients with Intellectual Development Disabilities more comfortable while seeing the dentist.
    Played 45 min. 9 sec.

From topics of the day in healthcare, to educational insights, mindfulness practices, and inspirational stories, welcome to Health Talks with host Raj Savalia. I’m joined by people who advance community...

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From topics of the day in healthcare, to educational insights, mindfulness practices, and inspirational stories, welcome to Health Talks with host Raj Savalia. I’m joined by people who advance community healthcare, advocacy, and public health, while striving to improve patient care.  
Launching in Season 3, Health Talks now has four new areas of focus:  
Wellness Watch – Learn about wellness tips, nutrition programs, community garden programs, and more. 
Educational Insights – Perhaps you’re more interested in insights about leading health care topics of the day. If so, tune in!  
The Sidebar – How about feature stories about community health care? Then, this one is for you!  
The Bold Podcast – Or maybe you’re mostly interested in the unique experiences of providers boldly providing care to vulnerable communities?   
The topics are endless, so tune in every Thursday for a new episode! 
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