Community Connection

Community Connection

Connecting with community leaders and organizations who work to improve the lives of San Diegans.

Episodes

December 9, 2022 29 min
o January Contreras, Assistant Secretary for the Administration for Children and Families at the Department of Health and Human Services. Secretary Contreras explains the different programs provided by ACF, including Head Start, and also offers details into their work assisting communities battle COVID-19, the flu and RSV. o Bill Potts, Author of Up for the Fight: How to Advocate For Yourself As You Battle Cancer, From a Five-Time...
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o Christina Huntsman Durham of the Huntsman Mental Health Foundation & Dr. Mark Hyman Rapaport, CEO of the Huntsman Mental Health Institute and Chair, Department of Psychiatry, University of Utah School of Medicine. Christina Huntsman Durham and Dr. Rapaport join the show to discuss a new mental health initiative started in conjunction with the Ad Council, along with an overview of the mental health challenges prevalent across ...
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November 24, 2022 29 min
o Dr. Dara Kass, HHS Regional Director for Region 2. Dr. Kass provides the latest information on the spread of COVID-19, the COVID vaccines, flu season, and the rise of RSV cases across the country. o Dr. Jacob Sands, American Lung Association Representative & Thoracic Medical Oncologist. Dr. Sands joined the show for Lung Cancer Awareness Month to discuss the importance of lung cancer screenings and provide the latest informa...
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November 18, 2022 29 min
o Dr. Loretta Christensen, Chief Medical Officer of the Indian Health Services – Dr. Christensen joins the show for Native American Heritage Month and she discusses the impact COVID-19 has had on Native American communities across the country, along with the importance of the COVID-19 vaccines and resources for more information on health services available for American Indian and Alaska Native communities. o Avenel Joseph, Vice Pr...
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November 12, 2022 29 min
Chiquita Brooks-Lasure, Administrator for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, where she oversees Medicare, Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, and the Healthcare.gov health insurance marketplace, explains who’s eligible for Medicare, Medicaid, CHIP, and coverage at HealthCare.gov. She also discusses open enrollment and the role her agency is playing in the COVID-19 response. Then, Commissioner Kenneth H...
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November 7, 2022 29 min
o Dr. Dara Kass, HHS Regional Director for Region 2. Dr. Kass provides the latest information on the spread of COVID-19, the COVID vaccines, flu season, and the rise of RSV cases across the country. o Dr. Jacob Sands, American Lung Association Representative & Thoracic Medical Oncologist. Dr. Sands joined the show for Lung Cancer Awareness Month to discuss the importance of lung cancer screenings and provide the latest informa...
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When you talk to a successful person, there’s typically a moment in their life they can point to when the world suddenly opened to them. Often, it’s because an individual took time to ignite an interest, support an effort or somehow inspire them. There’s a local organization that works to do that in our community. Its goal is to empower people to become the best version of themselves. Joining us on The Community Connection is Victo...
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October 25, 2022 29 min
Patsy Stinchfield, Retired Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and President of the National Foundation of Infectious Diseases – Information on the upcoming flu season, along with a comprehensive overview of this year's flu vaccine and the types of individuals who are most at risk for severe flu symptoms if they are not vaccinated. Dr. Chris Winter, Neurologist, Sleep Specialist, Best-Selling Author & Featured Expert on the Chasin...
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October 17, 2022 29 min
• Dr. Catherine Pearlman, the founder of The Family Coach®, is a licensed clinical social worker. Pearlman shared insights with parents on how to navigate the digital landscape safely and productively with their kids. Topics included digital safety, privacy, social media, sexting, cyberbullying, phone etiquette and how to set appropriate boundaries to establish a healthy digital relationship in an increasingly complicated online ...
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October 10, 2022 29 min
Benjamin Sommers, M.D., Ph.D. | Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health Policy. A new report that is being issued soon that looks at the associations between county-level vaccination rates and COVID-19 outcomes among Medicare beneficiaries. Sommers told us what the new study shows. He also discussed what the new study tells us about the new variant and the need for updated vaccines. Sherri McKinney | American Red Cross Spokesperson....
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October 3, 2022 31 min
FDNY Capt. Michael Kozo, the commanding officer of the FDNY's Fire Safety Education Unit. The National Fire Protection Association®’s “Fire Won’t Wait. Plan Your Escape™” is the theme for Fire Prevention WeekTM, October 9-15. Kozo reinforced the critical importance of developing a home escape plan with all members of the household and practicing it regularly. He incorporated information about Kidde’s ‘smart’ resources into t...
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September 26, 2022 29 min
• Scott Strode, Founder and National Executive Director of The Phoenix. Addiction recovery is an issue that impacts nearly half of Americans. One Million Strong is an organization uniting fans, artists, and the music industry to destigmatize addiction recovery through the power of community. Strode talked about his personal journey with addiction recovery and their mission to build a national sober active community that fuels res...
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September 19, 2022 26 min
The show returns after two years of being cancelled due to the pandemic. Our guest is Colonel Marty Bedell, Commanding Officer of MCAS Miramar. He discusses highlights of the event featuring Navy Blue Angels and Marine Corps aircraft, safety and security of the event, the mission of the US Marine Corps and the importance of the base to San Diego and our nation’s military defense, also talked about the impact of the Air Show on recr...
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o Dr. Evelyn Twentyman, Medical Epidemiologist with the CDC Division of Reproductive Health. The new Omicron-boosters are being delivered but what do we need to know about the updated COVID vaccines? Tobin told us how they are different from the previous vaccines, and how they will they better protect us against the variants that are currently circulating. She also discussed booster availability, safety, and health equity. o Ma...
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September 6, 2022 29 min
Christopher Jones, PharmD, DrPH, MPH (CAPT U.S. Public Health Service), currently serves as the acting director of the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. The CDC has recently updated guidance for use in community settings and schools. Dr. Jones told us what prompted the new guidance and how these changes affect people at higher risk. She enforced what steps should still be taken to offer a higher level of protectio...
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August 29, 2022 29 min
o Dr. Charmain F. Jackman - Psychologist and mental health expert with the Sound It Out Campaign and Founder/CEO of InnoPsych, Inc. With back to school upon us, many families and kids are anxious when it comes to a new school year, issues like gun violence and mental health. Dr. Jackman talked about tackling those feelings of concern and the latest resources for parents and caregivers at SoundItOutTogether.org o Zuani Villarreal - ...
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Going off to college after high school is a given for many kids but, for those families who may be financially struggling, it’s a challenge. Here in San Diego, there’s an organization that’s helping promising students fulfill their dream of a higher education. Joining us on the Community Connection is Michael Nance, Founder and CEO of A Bridge for Kids. We talk with Michael Nance, founder-CEO A Bridge for Kids. Then, it’s an honor ...
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August 15, 2022 29 min
• Dr. Adriana Cadilla, a pediatric infectious disease specialist at Nemours Children’s Health in Orlando – Keeping kids safe from COVID during the return to school, plus the latest information on the COVID-19 vaccines, including who’s eligible to get them and their safety and efficacy. • Dr. John Draper, the Executive Director of the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline – Launch of the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline, including the typ...
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August 13, 2022 29 min
Dr. Charmain F. Jackman - Psychologist and mental health expert with the Sound It Out Campaign and Founder/CEO of InnoPsych, Inc. With many families and kids, a little anxious when it comes to a new school year, issues like gun violence and mental health have only compounded that unease. Dr. Jackman talked about tackling those feelings of concern and the latest resources for parents and caregivers at SoundItOutTogether.org. Ken Fi...
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August 1, 2022 29 min
• Guests & Topics this week: o Patrick K. Porter, PhD is an award-winning author, educator, consultant, entrepreneur, and speaker. He is on a mission to build better brains. According to a new observational study, alcohol consumption of just 4 drinks a week might be changing your brain. Dr. Porter discussed the brain and how it metabolizes alcohol. He also addressed the accumulation of iron in the brain as it may contribute...
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