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Health Disparities by Zip Code, Race and Poverty: Stanford’s Raj Chetty Continues to Find Links

Health Disparities by Zip Code, Race and Poverty: Stanford’s Raj Chetty Continues to Find Links

This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with renowned Stanford economist Dr. Raj Chetty on his seminal work linking zip code, poverty and health and economic disparity. Dr. Chetty has mined large data sets from the US Census Bureau and public tax information to confirm the undeniable link between poverty, race and the lack of upward mobility, as well as a widening gap in life expectancy between the rich and poor in America.

Americares CEO Michael Nyenhuis on the Relief Agency’s Recovery Efforts in Hurricane-Ravaged Regions

Americares CEO Michael Nyenhuis on the Relief Agency’s Recovery Efforts in Hurricane-Ravaged Regions

This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Michael J. Nyenhuis, CEO of the international relief agency Americares, whose focus is to support the health care infrastructure in war-torn and storm-ravaged regions of the world. Mr. Nyenhuis speaks about their efforts underway in Peurto Rico, the US Virgin Islands, Texas and other areas hit by recent hurricanes, and their ongoing efforts to support primary care in underserved parts of the world.

Dr. John Brownstein, Director of Innovation at Boston Children’s Hospital on Disruptive Technologies in Health

Dr. John Brownstein, Director of Innovation at Boston Children’s Hospital on Disruptive Technologies in Health

This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Dr. John Brownstein, Director of Innovation at Boston Children’s Hospital and Professor of Pediatric Epidemiology at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Brownstein discusses big data driven epidemiology tools he has developed, such as the global open source disease tracker HealthMap, and Circulation which provides on-demand health services through ride sharing platforms like Uber.

Former CMS Administrator Andy Slavitt Talks Graham-Cassidy And Need for Bipartisanship

Former CMS Administrator Andy Slavitt Talks Graham-Cassidy And Need for Bipartisanship

This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Andy Slavitt, former Acting Administrator at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and Sr. Advisor to the Bipartisan Policy Center on seeking sound health reform for all Americans. Mr. Slavitt analyzes the threats to health coverage under the Graham-Cassidy ACA replacement bill and the need to foster bipartisanship in health policy making.

Trust for America’s Health CEO John Auerbach on Its Report Outlining America’s Obesity Epidemic

Trust for America’s Health CEO John Auerbach on Its Report Outlining America’s Obesity Epidemic

This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with John Auerbach, President and CEO of Trust for America’s Health, a non-profit dedicated to making sound health policy a national priority. He discusses their recent report on obesity in America, the dramatic cost to the health system caused by the prevalence of obesity, and the need to protect health coverage for millions of Americans in the ongoing health reform discussions.

Is your State ready for the Hurricane? Dr Rebekah Gee, Louisiana Commissioner of Health

Is your State ready for the Hurricane? Dr Rebekah Gee, Louisiana Commissioner of Health

This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Dr. Rebekah Gee, Louisiana Health Secretary on the state’s improved storm preparedness based on lessons learned from Hurricane Katrina. Dr. Gee talks about the newly created statewide data base of vulnerable patients, hospital evacuation plans and networked electronic health records as hedges against storm casualties, and how they are assisting Texas and Florida in the wake of two hurricanes. She also discusses the state’s improved primary care network after Governor…

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