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Ferguson Revisited: Healthstyles on August 27th

wbaiThis week’s Healthstyles program is an interview that first aired on March 19th on racism and health/wellbeing. Producers Diana Mason, PhD, RN, FAAN, and Kenya Beard, EdD, NP-C, interview Willie Tolliver, PhD, MSW, professor in the School of Social Work at Hunter College and three of his social work students: Jason Cartwright, James Gilliam, and Kim Wolfe. The repeated public examples of subtle and blatant racism demonstrate the importance of conversations about the role of racism in the health and well-being of individuals, families and communities. As part of Healthstyles’ ongoing series on health disparities, this program examines these issues through an authentic and candid discussions about the deaths of Eric Gardner and Michael Brown, the social work students’ own experiences with racism, and how it plays out in the lives of all of us.

This interview first aired on Healthstyles on March 19th and can be heard at

Or tune in on Thursday, August 27th, to WBAI, 99.5.FM in New York City, or go to to listen to the program online.

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

Healthstyles: Staying Independent with the Help of a CBO; and more on End of Life Conversations

Source:  Tender Hearts Senior Care

Source: Tender Hearts Senior Care

Losing your ability to remain independent in your own home or apartment is a major challenge facing many older adults, as well as children and adults with disabilities. No one wants to go to a nursing home and even a move to an assisted living facility can be a difficult transition. As Atul Gawande points out in his book, Being Mortal, we have medicalized approaches to responding to loss of independent living, putting someone’s safety before their own wishes to maintain as much independence as possible and make everyday decisions about how they will live their lives.

For the past 50 years, one community-based organization in the Bronx has been committed to helping people remain in their own homes even when they have lost full independence in mobility or being able to cook or clean or care for themselves. RAIN was started by a nurse who responded to what she saw as a growing need for community-based, comprehensive services for homebound and elderly people.

On August 13th, Healthstyles producer Diana Mason talks with the CEO and others at RAIN about the work they do and their efforts to ensure that home health workers are not exploited, as often happens in home care agencies.

But first, she continues Healthstyles’ ongoing coverage about having the crucial but often difficult conversations about end of life preferences and wishes. This segment focuses on how legal advisers are increasingly incorporating these conversations into their discussions with clients who are putting together or revising their wills. In this segment, one nurse shares her own experience with an unexpected conversation with her lawyer, and her lawyer shares his perspectives on what people need to consider in planning for the end of their lives.

So tune into WBAI, 99.5 FM in New york City, at 1:00 PM on Thursday, August 13th, to listen to the program, or go online for a live stream at

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

Healthstyles: Medicare and Desegregation


This week’s Healthstyles program features two interviews by Helina Selimon, Graduate student in the School of Journalism, City University of New York and summer intern at the Center for Health, Media & Policy at Hunter College. The interviews focus on the 50th anniversary of Medicare, landmark legislation that desegregated hospitals when it was implemented in 1966. Selimon talks with David Barton Smith, PhD, Professor Emeritus at Temple University and author of the book, Health Care Divided; and CUNY Associate Professor of Public Health Barbara Berney, PhD, who is producing a film on the this historical aspect of Medicare. Healthstyles producer Diana Mason talks with Selimon about her interest in this topic and its importance to everyone.

Dr. Mason also airs part of an interview with integrative healthcare expert Mary Jo Kreitzer, PhD, RN, FAAN, and co-editor of the Global Advances in Health and Medicine, a journal that focuses on whole-person and whole-system health and well-being, as well as complementary and integrative therapies. The journal will be offered as a premium for listeners who make a donation to the station, WBAI, 99.5 FM in New York City, or streaming at, between 1:00 and 2:00 on Thursday, July 30, 2015. Donations can be made during that time by calling 212-209-2950, or go online at Please earmark your donation to Healthstyles.

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


Healthstyles, July 16: Ethics in Nursing and Health Care

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Nurses are confronted every day with ethical dilemmas when they bear witness to health care practices that endanger the lives of people. They often have to choose between being silent and experiencing the moral distress of knowing you’re not living up to your professional responsibilities or being an outspoken advocate for ethical practice and risking losing your job or being undermined at work.

Today, Healthstyles focuses on ethics in nursing and health care.  Producer Diana Mason interviews Marcia Bosek, DNSc, RN, Associate Professor of Nursing at the University of Vermont, about the code of ethics that the nursing profession has adopted as a contract with the public to protect and preserve their wellbeing and ethical practice. The code has been revised by the American Nurses Association and can be a tool for nurses and patients to hold people accountable for ethical practice. You can listen to the interview here:

But first, she talks with Nicki Gjere, MS, RN, a nurse who decided that she had to speak up about what appears to be repeated violation of ethical standards in health care research at the University of Minnesota Medical Center. A patient with a mental disorder was recruited into a clinical trial for an experimental drug and later killed himself. His mother and others argued that the researchers coerced the patient into the study and didn’t heed signs that he was deteriorating. When the researchers, University and medical center denied wrongdoing, Gjere spoke out. You can listen to the interview here:

So tune in at 1:00 on Thursday, July 16, 2015, to Healthstyles on WBAI, 99.5 FM in NYC or streaming at

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


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.


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