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Healthstyles, July 2, 2015: Imprisonment for Miscarrying

Around the world, pregnant women are ending up in prison when they miscarry. In some cases, women are being mandated to have caesarean sections to try to ensure a viable fetus, even if it means that a woman’s risk of dying increases. This is occurring as laws are increasingly passed that afford fertilized eggs, embryos and fetuses “personhood” status with full legal protections, even if the life of the mother is in jeopardy. And this includes for women who wanted to carry their pregnancy to term, with no intention of having an abortion.

Tomorrow on Healthstyles, producer Diana Mason, PhD, RN, discusses this issue with Nancy Sharts-Hopko, PhD, RN, a professor of Villanova University and expert in women’s health. You can listen to the interview by clicking here:

Producer Liz Seegert opens the program with health news and talks with Diana Mason after the interview. So tune in at 1:00 on WBAI, 99.5 FM in New York City, or go to for the live stream of the program.

Healthstyles is sponsored by the Center for Health, Media & Policy at Hunter College, City University of New York.

Healthstyles: Unconscious Bias in Health Care

This post is by Diana Mason, founder of CHMP and co-host of Healthstyles radio show, WBAI-NYC. Diana is the current president of the American Academy of Nursing, the Rudin Professor of Nursing at Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing, and a global leader health care policy. She tweets @djmasonrn

Photo credit, Aljazeera:

Photo credit, Aljazeera:

For this week’s Healthstyles program, co-producer Kenya Beard, EdD, RN, NP, joins co-producer Diana Mason, PhD, RN, in discussing  the importance of addressing unconscious bias in health care and how it can be addressed. The program is part of Dr. Beard’s continuing coverage of health disparities on Healthstyles.

Photo credit, Amazon:

Photo credit, Amazon:

The program begins with Augustus White, MD, Ellen and Melvin Gordon Distinguished Professor of Medical Education and Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Harvard Medical School. Dr. White was the first African-American graduate of Stanford University’s medical school, and the first African-American  department chief at Harvard’s teaching hospitals. His book, “Seeing Patients: Unconscious Bias in Healthcare,” takes on the injustices of bias in medicine. You can listen to the interview here:

The second half of the program features Kimberly Richards, PhD, an Anti-racist Organizer for The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond, an organization that seeks to build an effective movement for social transformation and undo racism. Dr. Richards discusses steps that people can take to reduce unconscious racism in health care. You can listen to the interview here:

Tune in to Healthstyles today, Thursday, June 11, 2015 from 1:00-2:00PM on WBAI, 99.5 FM in New York City, or online at Archived episodes are always free for listening and sharing, too:

Healthstyles is sponsored by the Center for Health, Media & Policy at Hunter College, City University of New York.

What’s Your “Healthy Nurse” Score?

This post is by Diana J. Mason, PhD, RN, FAAN, Hunter College Rudin Professor of Nursing, President of the American Academy of Nursing, and one of the founders of CHMP. Diana tweets @djmasonrn.

Photo credit: JE Theriot, Flickr Creative Commons.

Photo credit: JE Theriot, Flickr Creative Commons.

How healthy are you, and how healthy is your workplace? I recently took a survey to find out about my health status, and was disappointed in the score I got. It immediately motivated me to make a stronger commitment to living a healthier life (e.g., less food, more walking), and got me thinking about my work health.

Nurses are notorious for living life on the edge: high rates of smoking, obesity, lack of exercise (except for walking miles on hospital units) too-often match our rates of reported emotional distress from unhealthy work environments.  The survey I took was actually geared around this very premise; American Nurses Association(ANA) has collaborated with Pfizer on the Healthy Nurse initiative that seeks to raise nurses’ awareness of their level of health and factors that could be addressed to become models of health.

The survey is also designed to pursue resources that can help nurses to change their health lifestyle behaviors, along with the health of their workplaces, to do a better job of developing policies and practices that can promote the overall health of nurses. In some cases, this initiative may require public policies, such as those that prohibit smoking or hospitals refraining from offering concessions to fast food chains that have unhealthy food choices.

The initiative is actually a global one. The survey I took on nurses’ personal and workplace health was developed by Pfizer ,and the International Council of Nurses (ICN) as part of a global program focused on nurses’ health. The international survey – Know Your Wellness; Grow Your Wellness – can be found at

Pfizer and ICN hope to present preliminary results at the ICN Conference in Korea in June, and on the ICN website. Results will also shape the Grow Your Wellness “Healthy Nurse” campaign, including policy recommendations for addressing health in the nursing workplace and strategies for strengthening personal health.

It only takes five minutes to complete the survey — consider it an International Nurses Day gift toward a healthier future for you, and your fellow nurses around the world.

What’s your score?

Healthstyles: Integrative Health Care, and Medicare and the Civil Rights Act

gahmj.2015.4.issue-2.coverGlobal Advances in Health and Medicine is a relatively new publication that focuses on improving health and wellbeing worldwide. Its focus on integrative health care (the blending of mainstream, complementary and alternative approaches to health care) includes original research, case studies, commentaries, and narratives by lay people with views on health and health care. Tonight, Healthstyles producer and Moderator Diana Mason, PhD, RN, interviews the journal’s Co-Editor-in-Chief Mary Jo Kreitzer, PhD, RN. about the journal, integrative health care, and the concept of wellbeing. You can listen to the interview here:


segregated hospitalsOn the second half of Healthstyles, our attention turns to the 50th anniversary of Medicare. Few people think of Medicare as a key policy for reducing discrimination in the United States. Preceded by the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Medicare’s passage in 1965 was key to the desegregation of hospitals, including in the South. Barbara Berney, PhD, Associate Professor of Public Health at Hunter College and the CUNY School of Public Health discusses the connections between these two landmark laws with Diana Mason. You can listen to this encore Healthstyles interview here:

So tune in today, April  30, 2015, to Healthstyles on WBAI-FM NYC (; 99.5FM).

Healthstyles is sponsored by the Center for Health, Media & Policy at Hunter College, City University of New York.

Healthstyles: Poverty, Incarceration, and Health

Source: Annie E. Casey Foundation

Source: Annie E. Casey Foundation

Children of parents who are incarcerated or have other experience with the criminal justice system are at high risk for following in their footsteps. They are also at risk for physical and mental health problems, some of which are associated with toxic stress in childhood. Instead of a “lock ’em up and throw away the key” mentality of some of the public, there is a growing consensus among some advocates for reforming the criminal justice system that alternatives to prison can provide better support for the parents and their children and lead to healthier lives for both. On Thursday, April 23, Healthstyles producer and moderator Diana Mason talks with one such advocate. Lorie Goshin, RN, PhD, is a nurse researcher and assistant professor of nursing at Hunter College who has been studying alternatives to incarceration and drug treatment programs, and their impact on mothers and their children. She talks about her research, the alternatives to incarceration and related issues. You can listen to the interview here:

The second half of Healthstyles launches a series of programs on the impact of poverty on health. The series is being developed by Richard Dorritie, RN, BSN, a graduate student in public health nursing at Hunter College. He shares his own story that got him interested in this topic and the relevance of a public discussion of how poverty affects health and costs society so much in human and financial terms. He also invites listeners to complete a brief online survey about their own experiences with being poor and how it affected their wellbeing. You can take the survey by clicking here:

Richard is also blogging for HealthCetera on this topic. His first blog focused on an overview of why the series is important. To listen to Diana Mason’s interview of Richard Dorritie, click here:

So tune in to Healthstyles, on WBAI-FM, 99.5 FMn in New York City or at, on Thursday, April 23rd at 1:00.

Healthstyles is sponsored by the Center for Health, Media & Policy at Hunter College, City University of New York.




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