Health Talks

Health Talks

From topics of the day in healthcare, to educational insights, mindfulness practices, and inspirational stories, welcome to Health Talks with host Raj Savalia. I’m joined by people who advance community healthcare, advocacy, and public health, while striving to improve patient care. Launching in Season 3, Health Talks now has four new areas of focus: Wellness Watch – Learn about wellness tips, nutrition programs, community garden programs, and more. Educational Insights – Perhaps you’re more interested in insights about leading health care topics of the day. If so, tune in! The Sidebar – How about feature stories about community health care? Then, this one is for you! The Bold Podcast – Or maybe you’re mostly interested in the unique experiences of providers boldly providing care to vulnerable communities? The topics are endless, so tune in every Thursday for a new episode!

Episodes

May 23, 2024 17 mins
Can only one minute of mindfulness transform your whole day? Today, Raj Savalia sat down with providers from Tapestry 360 Health center in Chicago to discuss the importance of mindfulness and mental health care. Discover how the health center uses mindfulness, shares resources, and educates teams to improve community health. We also dive into integrative medicine, holistic care, inspirational stories, and practical tips for integra...
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How does fresh produce improve patient care? Our guests Nana Tsuladze and Rihanna Cheek joined us last week to discuss their health center’s community garden. We explore how that garden transforms the way patients in recovery eat and think about food. Then you’ll hear fun stories about patients getting creative with zucchini bread recipes and pesto made with fresh produce. We hope the community garden inspires conversations about n...
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We’re back! Today, we’re joined by two fantastic guests from Tapestry 360 Health to talk about their community garden program. Providers Nana Tsuladze and Rhianna Cheek started working with patients on their Medication Assisted Treatment group last Spring, and it was a huge success. We also discuss inspirational stories about how the garden helps patients in recovery start healthier diets and maintain recovery.

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Dr. Sean Boynes talks about the different trainings, the different resources out there, and why it's important and how to make patients with Intellectual Development Disabilities more comfortable while seeing the dentist.
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We’re joined by Dr. Lisa Green, who has been recognized nationally for her efforts to address the Black maternal mortality crisis. Dr. Green is CEO of Family Christian Health Center in Harvey, IL and has been a physician there since it opened its doors in 2000. We dive into the riveting story of how a meeting on a snowy day in 2020 led to the development of the health center’s Maternal Child Health & Wellness Center. We also di...
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When we think about health professions training we often think of physicians. However, the health professions field encompasses so many more professionals, many of whom are in high-demand at FQHCs. In this episode, we will hear from Erie Family Health Centers, Inc. on their unique training programs for Medical Assistants, such as an medical assistant externship program and a relationship with the National Institute for Medical Assi...
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Teaching can be an effective tool for health centers in their recruitment and retention efforts. Setting up new programs or establishing relationships with existing programs can seem like a daunting task, however, many FQHCs have been able to create training programs to assist in developing the next generation of health care professionals. In this podcast we will hear from Erie Family Health Centers, Inc. on their experience with r...
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Get ready to dive deep into the world of health equity as we chat with experts from Altura Health and Neighborhood Healthcare about a game-changing research grant. We're talking about a nationwide survey with leaders, providers, and medical staff from 40 community health centers, bringing in the important stuff – research, resources, and a dedication to kick value-based care up a notch. Tune in for expert advice on launching your o...
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Today, Shannon Goold and Dr. Jennifer Swoyer discuss launching a much needed medical respite program that provides healthcare services for individuals experiencing homelessness. Pillars Community Health and BEDS Plus partnered to launch the program within BEDS Plus in Summit, Illinois. The program addresses the needs of individuals who had a recent hospitalization, but lack a safe and caring place for recovery.
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Today, we’re joined by Patsy Jensen as she reflects on her time as Executive Director of Shawnee Health Care. Patsy is retiring after decades of improving public health and the quality of healthcare in Southern Illinois. She shares why stayed at Shawnee, fun memories, and stories that made her proud of the work Shawnee does.
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I’m joined by Kandis Draw from the Hospice and Palliative (HAP) Care Research foundation. We have an insightful chat about community health worker programs, education for grief and loss, and some stories from the front lines of community health care.
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August 2, 2023 21 mins
I’m joined by Emma Kelley, who’s our manager of workforce development, as well as my occasional co-host. We chat about how her work supports Illinois’ health centers, and she shares memorable stories from her time at IPHCA.
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On today’s episode, we spoke with Jon-Michial Carter, CEO and founder of ChartSpan about their proactive, full-service Chronic Care Management (CCM) program. They handle patient enrollment, education, care plans, and prescription refills, allowing healthcare staff to focus more on in-person care. We also discussed how ChartSpan supports community health centers' unique needs, especially for social determinants of health screenings ...
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June 30, 2023 8 mins
In this episode, podcast host Raj Savalia talks about the social determinants of health (SDOH). He discusses how SDOH impacts community healthcare, online resources to improve SDOH, and previews a new podcast series that aims to drastically improve SDOH.
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We spoke with Dr. Arif Kamal from the American Cancer Society and discussed the evolution of cancer care, and how improving the social determinants of health are key to better outcomes.
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Today's episode is the third of four in the peer recovery series. Our guests, Dr. Thomas Huggett and Dan Weigman from Lawndale Christian Health Center along with a patient who is currently in recovery share the impact of peer recovery support. We would like to personally thank the patient for their journey of recovery and how they are now paying it forward to others as peer in recovery in the community.

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Today's episode is the fourth and final episode in the peer recovery services. Our guest, Michelle Kavouras, is a Peer Doula at PCC Community Wellness. In this episode, Michelle shares the role of a peer doula and how they can help pregnant and postpartum patients who have experienced substance use disorder.

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HB 1468 Summary - Creates the Family Care Plans for Infants and Families Act:
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Today's episode focuses on increasing harm reduction services in primary care. Our guests, Joan Liautaud and Colleen Ryan from Heartland Alliance Health, share how their health center has implemented harm reduction services for substance use disorder treatments. They also touch on ways to reduce stigma around harm reduction, while increasing Nacran education among staff and patients.
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Today's episode is one of two on Harm Reduction and Narcan Education for FQHCs. Our guest, Kathleen Monahan is the State Opioid Response Project Director for IDHS/SUPR, and shared information on the Drug Over Dose Prevention Program (DOPP). Ms. Monahan spoke about how FQHCs can enroll in the DOPP and receive free Narcan to distribute to health center patients, as well as the communities they serve.

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Today, Sarah Miller and Jennifer Schindl from Shawnee Health Services join us to talk about community health worker training program. We discuss how CHWs address social determinants of health and the importance making heart-to-heart connections with people to improve outcomes.
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