Hope + Healing Podcast

Hope + Healing Podcast

Hope + Healing is a podcast for Tribal citizens and Tribal leaders who want to learn about health options that offer more care and better care to Indian Country. The host for the podcast is Levi Rickert, editor and publisher of Native News Online. In each episode, he is joined by one of the experts at the National Indian Health Board, a national nonprofit organization that provides a variety of health-related advocacy and technical assistance services to Tribes, area health boards, and federal agencies. Together, they’ll dive deep into topics and interview leaders from Indian Country and experts in Native health. And even though health care is a complex topic, they’ll be sure to keep things straightforward, accessible and jargon free. This podcast is supported by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of a financial assistance award totaling $800,000 with 100 percent funded by CMS/HHS. The contents are those of the guests(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement by, CMS/HHS or the U.S. government.

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April 22, 2024 1 min

Welcome to season two of Hope & Healing, a podcast about health issues and health options for tribal citizens and tribal leaders. 


Over the next 13 episodes, we’re going to talk about some of the most pressing health equity issues in our community.  We’ll interview health experts from across Indian Country and relatives who are affected most. We’ll dive into topics such as the opioid crisis in Native communities, maternal m...

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In this episode, podcast hosts Levi Rickert and Kristen Bitsuie welcome guests Melissa Gower and Winn Davis for a freewheeling discussion on emerging issues and developments in the Medicare, Medicaid, CHIP, and Marketplace programs. Gower is the Senior Advisor and Policy Analyst and the Chickasaw Nation Department of Health. Davis is a Senior Policy Analyst with the Alaska Native Health Board. 

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February 9, 2023 35 mins

In the first four episodes of the podcast, we spent time talking about Medicare, Medicaid, and Marketplace Health insurance. In this episode, podcast hosts Levi Rickert and Kristen Bitsuie welcome guest Jim Roberts on the topic of health equity. Jim serves as the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium’s interim Vice President of Intergovernmental Affairs. Health equity is about bridging the gap for people who don’t possess all soci...

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February 2, 2023 29 mins

In this episode, podcast hosts Levi Rickert and Kristen Bitsuie welcome guest Yvonne Myers, an Affordable Care Act and Medicaid Consultant for Citizen Potawatomi Nation Health Services with more than four decades of experience in public health. Together, they discuss the Health Insurance Marketplace, which is the federal government's online market where people can look at and compare private health insurance options. The Healt...

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December 30, 2022 27 mins

In this episode, podcast hosts Levi Rickert and Kristen Bitsuie welcome guest Adam Archuleta, who has over 30 years of experience working for the Department of Health & Human Services Indian Health Service agency.  Together, they talk about Medicare and why it is essential to Tribes and their citizens. Medicare, unlike Medicaid, is federally funded health insurance for people 65 and older. We also discuss related topics such as...

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December 22, 2022 22 mins

In this episode, podcast hosts Levi Rickert and Kristen Bitsuie welcome guest Angie Wilson from the Reno Sparks Tribal Center for a straightforward and jargon-free discussion of Medicaid and why it is essential to Tribes and their citizens. Medicaid provides health coverage to millions of Americans, including low-income adults, children, pregnant women, and people with certain disabilities. Unlike Medicare, which is 100% funded by ...

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Episode 1 - Medicare & Medicaid in Indian Country

This season, we are going to talk about the role that Medicare and Medicaid play in Indian Country and why that matters to tribes and tribal citizens. We plan to explain what Medicare and Medicaid are … how they work in Indian Country … and how using them can help tribes expand care for their tribal citizens. Podcast host Levi Rickert is joined by Kristen Bitsuie from t...

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December 10, 2022 59 secs

Hope + Healing is a podcast for Tribal citizens and Tribal leaders who want to learn about health options that offer more care and better care to Indian Country. The host for the podcast is Levi Rickert, editor and publisher of Native News Online. In each episode, he is joined by one of the experts at the National Indian Health Board, a national nonprofit organization that provides a variety of health-related advocacy and technical...

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