Community Connection

Community Connection

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


May 22, 2023 29 mins
o Dr. Jennifer Strauss, National Director for Women and Gender-Related Mental Health in the Veterans Health Administration Office of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention discusses the work the VA does in helping women veterans deal with mental health issues, along with the unique mental health challenges women veterans face. o Meredith Grau-Porter, LMHC & Senior Director of Client Services at the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay shares ...
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o Michael Brown, Former FEMA Administrator & Undersecretary of Homeland Security discusses the importance of AM radio in emergency and natural disaster situations, as automobile makers look to remove AM radio from new cars and trucks. o Jason Gleason, Board-Certified Nurse Practitioner & Member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners joins the show for National Nurses Week to explain the work nurses do in our health car...
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May 8, 2023 29 mins
Mary Partin, CEO of the Dan Marino Foundation joins the show to discuss autism awareness, including the symptoms of autism, the prevalence of the condition throughout the U.S., and resources for parents of autistic children. o Dr. Mitchell Elkind, Chief Clinical Science Officer for the American Heart Association checks in for American Stroke Month to discuss the signs and symptoms of stroke, conditions that increase the risk of st...
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April 27, 2023 29 mins
Laurie Dhue, Chief Branding Officer for & Former Fox News Anchor joins the show for Alcohol Awareness Month. She discusses her personal battle with alcohol use disorder, along with the work does providing families with resources to help teens and young adults navigate substance use.
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o Kamara Jones, Acting Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs at HHS joins the show for National Minority Health Month to discuss the latest guidance on the COVID vaccines, along with the work her department is doing to keep Americans informed about the virus and measures that can be taken to stay safe. o John Kleindienst, Disabled American Veterans (DAV) National Voluntary Services Director checks in for National Volunteer Month ...
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April 14, 2023 29 mins
Reading can take you places. Our guest on this episode of Community Connection lives by that statement. Roosevelt Brown has spent nearly 40 years of his life working to ignite a love of books in local children, through his annual Children’s Book Party. This event is a labor of love for Roosevelt who felt like he missed out on a full education as a child. He was later able to take advantage of adult education classes and his passion...
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o Martin Luther King III, Co-Founder & Chairman of the Board of The Drum Major Institute, & Arndrea King reflect on the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. following the 55th anniversary of his assassination, including how Dr. King’s work is inspiring a new generation of racial and social justice advocates. o Teri Nestel, President & CEO of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals discusses the 40th anniversary of the found...
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March 23, 2023 29 mins
Dr. Ala Stanford, HHS Regional Director for Region III discusses the COVID-19 vaccines, including a shift to an all-bivalent approach, who should prioritize receiving one, and women's health issues that have been affected by the pandemic. Jennifer Pipa, Vice President of Disaster Programs for the American Red Cross explains the work the American Red Cross does in response to a wide range of disasters, along with disaster preparat...
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March 17, 2023 29 mins
Sultan Meghji, former Chief Innovation Officer at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation & Duke University Professor breaks down the U.S. banking and financial systems following the recent collapse of Silicon Valley Bank, including the role of the Federal Reserve and the FDIC.
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March 9, 2023 29 mins
o Christine Guilfoyle, President of See Her joins the show to discuss Women’s History Month, International Women’s Day, and the See Her mission to increase the representation and accurate portrayal of all women and girls in marketing, media, and entertainment. o Jessica Malaty Rivera, Infectious Disease Epidemiologist and Research Assistant at the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health & Center for Health Security discus...
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March 6, 2023 29 mins
o Dr. Alfiee Breland-Noble, an internationally recognized psychologist, author, and founder of The AAKOMA Project discusses the Ad Council’s Sound It Out Together campaign, focusing on providing resources for parents and caregivers to talk with their kids about mental health and issues they may be experiencing that are impacting their health and well-being. Dr. Noble also provides insight into the latest data on youth mental health...
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February 24, 2023 29 mins
o Dr. Barbara Kevish, Associate VP at UPMC Health Plan & Practicing Primary Care Physician, discusses Heart Health Month and steps everyone can take to limit the risk of cardiovascular disease. Dr. Kevish also explains some of the most common cardiovascular issues, like heart attacks and strokes. o Dr. Amy Green, Head of Research at Hopelab, breaks down a recent CDC report on youth mental health that found an alarming number of gi...
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February 17, 2023 29 mins
Every year an estimated 18-thousand people in the U.S. are affected by a spinal cord injury. The injuries and disabilities caused by such an injury can be life-altering and financially devasting as insurance doesn’t cover many needed items. Thankfully here in San Diego, there’s a non-profit organization that initially began to help one young boy but has since become a source for many people and their families affected by spinal co...
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February 10, 2023 29 mins
o Astronaut Dr. Ana Fisher & Meredith Bagby, author of The New Guys: The Historic Class of Astronauts That Broke Barriers and Changed the Face of Space Travel. Dr. Fisher discusses her career in the space program and the historic mission of becoming the first mom in space. Meredith Bagby explains the importance of a group of astronauts that opened the door in the space program for a new generation of space explorers from all differ...
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February 2, 2023 29 mins
o Alison Barkoff, Acting Administrator and Assistant Secretary for Aging and Principal Deputy Administrator at the Administration for Community Living, explains the role of ACL in assisting older adults and those with disabilities, along with the importance of COVID-19 vaccines for those specific groups of individuals. o Brian Hooks, Chairman & CEO of Stand Together, discusses the work Stand Together does as a philanthropic commun...
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January 26, 2023 29 mins
Dr. Robert Otto Valdez, Director of the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality, explains the work AHRQ does, including its role in the national response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the battle against Long COVID. Plus, Dr. Valdez explains how the agency addresses issues of patient safety. Case Kenny, Mindfulness Expert and Host & Founder of the Self-Help Podcast New Mindset, Who Dis, offers strategies and tips for prioritizing m...
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January 19, 2023 29 mins
For National Blood Donor Month, Dr. Baia Lasky, Medical Director for the American Red Cross, explains the work the American Red Cross does involving blood donations across the country, along with important information on who can donate and how blood donations are utilized. Then, Anahad O’Connor, Washington Post Eating Lab Columnist, explains the health benefits of Dry January, how a simple change in diet can lead to tremendous heal...
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January 12, 2023 29 mins
Dr. Raquel Hernandez Medical Director for the Johns Hopkins All Children’s Healthy Weight Initiative – Dr. Hernandez breaks down new guidelines released by the American Academy of Pediatrics for addressing childhood obesity, including changes to treatment recommendations and tips for parents to make sure their children get off to a healthy start in 2023.
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January 6, 2023 29 mins
o Dr. Comilla Sasson Practicing Emergency Medicine Physician in Denver and Vice President for Science & Innovation for Emergency Cardiovascular Care at the American Heart Association – Dr. Sasson discusses the cardiac event involving Buffalo Bills Safety Damar Hamlin, including steps everyone can take in an emergency situation like that to help save a life, and warning signs and symptoms associated with cardiac arrest, heart attack...
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January 2, 2023 29 mins
o Jim Lorraine President & CEO of America’s Warrior Partnership – Jim Lorraine joins the show to discuss some of the top issues facing veterans across the country, along with the work AWP is doing to assist those veterans. o Dr. David Rudd Director of the Rudd Institute for Veteran & Military Suicide Prevention – Dr. Rudd checks in to discuss mental health around the holidays, the prevalence of suicide among veterans, and strategi...
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