Interdisciplinary is Healwell's healthcare podcast about all the places and perspectives that lift us up. We say what other people aren't willing to say and we always say the quiet parts loud.You’ll always learn something. You’ll always laugh and you’ll come away better informed and with real things you can do in your own community and practice to create a more compassionate and collaborative system of care for all humans.


January 9, 2021 52 mins

Cal and Cathy welcome Lee Harper-Chen and Alexis Paules, ICU nurses who work at the bedside with COVID patients. In this episode we hear what it's really like for front line health care workers, why just showing up is impressive, and how taking care of ourselves (by wearing masks and washing hands) is the best way to support nurses and other front line providers.

About Our Guests:
Lee Harper-Chen is an ICU nurse a...

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Cal and Cathy welcome Davonna Willis, entrepreneur and massage therapy educator. Davonna moderates a social media group for Black massage therapists and is here is talk about racism in the massage industry (and in life), the benefits of a safe space to share, and what white folks can do to support our Black colleagues. (There's a hint in the title.) 

About Our Guest: A respected health and wellness practitioner and an...

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Cal and Cathy welcome Beth Rosenthal and Dale Healey to talk about collaboration and true integrative care. It's about connecting practitioners and sharing resources. It's about knowing each other as people so we can advocate for other professions and have them advocate for ours.

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Cathy and guest host, Rebecca Sturgeon, have an interdisciplinary talk fest with Sam Cotton, of the Trager Institute in Louisville, Kentucky. Hear how one institution is training the next generation of professionals to work as a team to provide the best care to older adults.

Check out the great work of the Trager Institute

About Our Guest: Samantha (Sam) Cotton, PhD, is a program manager at the UofL Trager Instit...

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This episode features stories from people who have received the COVID vaccine, their experience, how and where they got the vaccine, and what it means to them. First, though, you will hear from one individual whose life may depend on other people getting vaccinated.

Guests: Cynthia Wold, Cathy Ward, Lee Harper-Chen, Sarah McLaughlin, Nancy Cohen, and Sakinah Irizarry 

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February 13, 2021 58 mins

Cal and Cathy welcome Chanda Hinton, love-driven interdisciplinary powerhouse. Chanda talks about how integrative care saved her life, and what she is doing to ensure everyone has access to services. If you've ever wondered what one person can do, this episode is for you.

Chanda Center for Health: Delivering and advocating for integrative therapy, primary care, and other complementary services to improve health outco...

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Elder Angela Overton experienced the value of interdisciplinary care as a teenager dealing with cancer. She joins the podcast today to dive deep into a discussion of equity, systemic change, and taking loving care of one another. Expect open hearts and honest talk about the barriers that prevent us from embracing each other in our full humanity.

About Our Guest:
Elder Angela Overton, MDiv., an effective communicator of...

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February 27, 2021 56 mins

How do the words we use affect the people we serve? What could be problematic about some of the common things we say as care providers? What happens when we listen to our words from a different perspective? Cal and Cathy welcome Anne Kelemen to the podcast to consider the question of language.

Check out Anne Keleman's CE courses:
To Chart or Not to Chart
The Power of Our Words

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This week, Cal talks with Briane Pinkson, a true interdisciplinary pioneer. Briane shares her experiences forming and growing interdisciplinary care within her hospital. This is a must listen for any professional who wants to champion truly interdisciplinary care in their workplace. 

Medicine Hands, by Gayle MacDonald

About Our Guest:
Briane started working as an LPN in 1973! In 1977 she began working on the ...

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Everyone is talking about vaccine distribution. An important part of the story is equity. Today, Cal and Cathy welcome Eileen Milian and Christian Malachy Porter of the We Got Us Project, a Boston-based organization seeking "to empower our communities with accurate science information and public health resources by connecting Black community members and organizations with trusted Black healthcare professionals and students.&qu...

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Black women who are diagnosed with breast cancer are 71% more likely to die. This week.s guest, Jamil Rivers, has made it her life's work to explore this disparity and find solutions. Jamil talks with Cal about her organization, The Chrysalis Initiative, their programs, and what is really driving those outcome disparities. Jamil also talks about what happens when you address the biases that drive disparities.

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April 10, 2021 67 mins

This week, Cathy and Cal talk with an RN who works at a state correctional facility. What is it like to care for people who are incarcerated? What does she wish people knew about life inside a prison? And what in the world is up with all the beans? This fascinating conversation will give you a glimpse of what it is like to be a caregiver in a system that is not necessarily built for care. (For security reasons, her name and locatio...

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In this episode, Cal and Cathy welcome Jan Booth for a talk about this thing we all have in common -- death. What does it mean to really care for folks at the end of life? How can we prepare ourselves, our medical providers, and our caregivers for the end of our lives? And what are some new ways that people have found to serve in this area? 

About Our Guest:
Jan Booth, MA, RN, NC-BC has worked as a nurse for over 33 ye...

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This week, it's Cal and Cathy talking about stuff. Hear what your favorite podcasts hosts are thinking and reading these days, and how everything is connected to good health care.

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Jill Cole joins the podcast this week to talk about truly advanced clinical practice, elevating patient care, and building interdisciplinary care. It's not about your hands, it's about what your brain tells your hands to do.

About Our Guest:
Jill Cole is a 1998 graduate of the Boulder College of Massage Therapy, in Boulder, Colorado, and has worked in the field of massage therapy as a clinician, educator, pre...

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In this episode, we talk about health care for the homeless. How can this organization deliver person-centered, interdisciplinary care to some of Baltimore's most vulnerable people, and what can we learn from them?

Health Care for the Homeless - Maryland

About Our Guests:
Amelia Jackson, MSN, CRNP, FNP-BC is a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) with over 7 years of experience, working for the past 5 years at...

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This week's guest are here to talk to us about supporting trans folks, and what it means to be an ally in general. Kalyn and Ro of Get Your Joey are here to encourage us to move beyond "tolerance" or "acceptance" to truly celebrating and affirming the people in our lives for who they are, right now. ("What's a Joey?", you ask. Listen in to find out.)

Get Your Joey

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As our podcasts guests said a few weeks ago, housing is health care. This week, Cal and Cathy talk with Dan Berger and Tara Wenger, Service Coordinators and hosts of The Service Coordinator Podcast, about their work with the residents of affordable housing. Service Coordinators are like a multiplex knife -- able to adapt to multiple situations and address a variety of problems. 

About Our Guests:
Dan Berger graduated f...

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This is a re-broadcast of an episode of our earlier podcast, Massage Therapy Without Borders. In this episode, Cal and Cathy dive deep with Jennifer Hutton, DPH, pediatric physical therapist and antiracism educator.

About Our Guest:

Social media: 
IG @dr.jpop
Twitter @drjpop
Facebook Dr.Jpop

Dr. Jennifer Hutton, aka Dr. Jpop, is a pediatric physical therapist from ...

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In this rebroadcast of an episode from December 2020, Cal and Cathy talk with the inimitable Gil Hedley about anatomy, bodies, wholeness, acceptance, and the ultimate wisdom inherent in the human body.

Check out Gil Hedley's Website

About Our Guest:
Gil Hedley, Ph.D., has been teaching anatomy with an integral approach in the dissection lab for the past 26 years. He is the producer of The Integral Anatomy...

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