Contakt World: Truth in Health

Contakt World: Truth in Health

What happens when a global pandemic and unprecedented socioeconomic injustice meets real people? In this new series brought to you by Contakt World -- hosts Justin Beck, Catherine Delcin, and Deepti Pahwa talk with top researchers and trusted experts to tackle issues that matter to people and the communities globally. Issues like public health, vaccines, social and racial justice, health equity, equality, fragility, fear-mongering, insecurity, community-based care and a whole lot more than just buzzwords. Contakt World is the voice of the people and for the people.Consider “Contakt World” your life raft of protection in the age of disinformation. You deserve to understand what goes on in their neighborhood, and more importantly, you deserve the chance to be heard and make a difference.Together we can stop the spread. To learn more visit Contakt.World.


June 16, 2021 51 min

The interview with our featured guest, Dr. Kyu Rhee, was conducted in April ’21. Data referenced during this conversation will have changed since the recording.


So, we know that inequality exists. But, do we think the government can fix it? Or can private enterprise step in to lend data, insights and financial muscle toward the problem? This week’s episode of Contakt World dives into the hot button issues of data collection, medica...

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We’re preparing for the next threat … with lessons from the last one. But when it comes to COVID, what have we really learned? Join our hosts Justin Beck, Catherine Delcin and Deepti Pahwa, as they speak with Dr. Saskia Popescu, an infectious disease epidemiologist and senior infection preventionist at the University of Arizona. Together, they’ll discuss how health care systems can do to boost disease response, and how we can keep ...

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How do we improve community health, when community health statistics are completely ignored? American Indian and Alaska Natives are experiencing the disproportionate impact of COVID in their populations. Can we draw attention to this? And how can we empower people? Join our hosts Justin Beck, Catherine Delcin and Deepti Pahwa, as they speak with Abigail Echo-Hawk, Chief Research Officer at Seattle Indian Health Board and the Direct...

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March 2, 2021 63 min

What if segregation didn’t actually end? And instead, American cities have become drawn along racial lines – exacerbating economic issues AND fueling the COVID pandemic? Join our hosts Justin Beck, Catherine Delcin and Deepti Pahwa, as they speak with Dr. Lawrence T. Brown, founder and director of the Black Butterfly Project. As a group, they’ll discuss the policies, practices, systems and budgets discussed in his new book, “The Bl...

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February 16, 2021 46 min

Who’s right? And furthermore, who decides what is right? It’s the fundamental question of our times, not only in terms of ethics, but also systems of information. In this age of COVID, misinformation and social media, there’s a lot to contend with. So, how do we navigate it? Join our hosts Justin Beck, Catherine Delcin and Deepti Pahwa, as they speak with Dr. Seema Yasmin, an Emmy Award-winning journalist, poet, medical doctor and ...

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It’s undeniable at this point – we were unprepared for a pandemic. But how can we protect our most valuable assets, medical professionals, in this time of crisis? This week’s episode of Contakt World dives into the hot button issues of race, hospital capacities, pandemic plans and the determinants of public health – specifically through the lens of Dr. Paul Bajwa, an emergency physician who’s practiced in Florida and also Canada. J...

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January 19, 2021 41 min

Did we not know that the big bug would hit? Or did we? Did our trusted officials just kick the can down the road? Or does the problem lie with the general public – and their unwillingness to listen to expert opinion and information? This week’s episode of Contakt World dives into the hot button issues of race, misinformation systems, pandemic plans and the politics of public health – specifically, through the lens of E. Oscar Alley...

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January 5, 2021 30 min

Every day, cities and states are breaking records for COVID cases. Governments are scrambling to take the right measures at the right times. And the news is reporting all of it. But some of us still seem unaffected. Why is this? What will make us stop and think? Or, at the least, feel something? This week’s episode of Contakt World dives into the hot-button issues of race, privilege and the politics of health – specifically, throug...

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December 22, 2020 39 min

Who’s affected most by COVID and why? Who deserves to receive care? And how can we treat everyone equally – both in society and in the hospital? This week’s episode of Contakt World dives into the hot-button issues of race, equal access to healthcare, and the political determinants of health – specifically, how historic inequities in our health system have never been more apparent. As COVID disproportionately affects communities of...

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December 8, 2020 40 min

What happens when a world-renowned scientist, vaccine expert and “OG Villain” (according to RFK Jr.) Dr. Peter Hotez, is allowed to speak his mind on issues surrounding a highly politicized and unprecedented pandemic? Join our hosts Justin Beck, Catherine Delcin and Deepti Pahwa as they explore the hot-button issues surrounding COVID-19 and other public health issues of our time. In this first episode of Contakt World, our hosts ta...

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November 30, 2020 1 min

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