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Healthstyles Special

WBAIWe are excited to tell you about a special program we’ve put together for Healthstyles tomorrow, Thursday, October 9th, from 1:00 to 3:00 on WBAI, 99.5 FM  in NYC (wbai.org). It’s part of the station’s fundraising marathon, and we hope you’ll tune in and make a donation during our time slot by calling 212-209-2950.

We lead off with a discussion about the Affordable Care Act–what’s working, what’s not, and what can help to improve health care in the state and nation. NY State Assemblyman and Chair of the Assembly Health Committee, Richard Gottfried, joins us for that discussion and talks about a bill he has sponsored to adopt a single-payer approach in the state.

Barbara then interviews political cartoonist Jen Sorensen about  health care reform. She talks about a cartoon about health care reform that we’ll be offering as a premium to listeners who make a qualifying donation to WBAI during the program.

You can listen to the interview JenSorensen

**Finally, we’ll end with Barbara’s interview with founder and CEO of Hip Hop Saves Lives, Chad Harper, about his advocacy, education and work with youth to promote an understanding of and activism around some of the important health and social issue of our day.

**(due to scheduling issues, this interview did not air live) You can listen to the interview with Chad Harper HIPHOPSAVES.

So it will be a lively and rich program with diverse voices. Tune in and support Healthstyles tomorrow from 1:00 to 3:00, on WBAI, 99.5 FM in New York City.

Diana Mason and Barbara Glickstein, Co-producers, Healthstyles

Healthstyles Today: Health Literacy, Link Ages and More

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Today on Healthstyles, co-producer and host Diana Mason, PhD, RN, interviews Terri Ann Parnell, DNP, RN, founder and principal of Health Literacy Partners about the challenges that people face in understanding information about their health and how to manage it. Click here to listen to the interview:

The program begins with HealthCetera, an update on health news, followed by an interview by Healthstyles co-produer Liz Seegert with Paul Tang, MD, from the Palo Alto Medical Foundation about LinkAges, a community collarboation that addresses social isolation, well-being, and aging in community. You can listen to that interview here:

So, tune in at 1:00 today on WBAI, 99.5 FM in NYC and streaming at wbai.org.

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

Admit to Observation: Policy Run Amuck?

My latest blog post on JAMA’s News Forum is about the unintended consequences of policy. Specifically, it deals with Medicare policy on admitting patients to hospitals as outpatients for observation. It clearly needs to be fixed.

JAMA doesn’t permit people to post comments on their blog so I welcome your comments on this site.

Diana J. Mason, PhD, RN, FAAN, Rudin Professor of Nursing

Healthstyles Today: Ebola and Breastfeeding

wbaiThe World Health Organization (WHO) has estimated that 20,000 people will be infected with the Ebola virus before the current crisis in West Africa is contained. Earlier in the week, it reported that 120 health care workers have died from the disease, leaving unafflicted doctors, nurses, and other health care workers with fewer human resources to care for those who become ill from Ebola. In some cases, remaining health care workers have refused to work and whole hospitals have closed because of insufficient staff. The WHO has issued a roadmap to contain the spread of the virus but some believe that the international response to the spread of Ebola has been woefully insufficient.

Today on Healthstyles, producer and host Diana J. Mason, PhD, RN, interviews Kate Mort, Director of Human Resources for Medecin Sans Frontieres (MSF) or Doctors Without Borders, about the challenges this NGO faces in West Africa, particularly Monrovia, Liberia, as well as the response of the international community and need for volunteers to help to contain the spread of this deadly disease in which only 47% of those infected with the virus are surviving.

The program opens with HealthCetera, an update on health news, and ends with an interview with Nancy Manister, PhD, RN, FNP, Assistant Professor of nursing at Fairfield University in Connecticut about breastfeeding as part of a national conversation this month to raise awareness of the importance of breastfeeding to mother, baby, family, and society. You can listen to the interview here:

So tune in at 1:00 today on WBAI, 99.5 FM (www.wbai.org) in New York City.

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

Deaths From Ebola Without Infection

wbaiThe number of people infected with Ebola is now over 2,200, with more than 1,200 people dying from the virus. But the death toll from Ebola in Liberia may be much higher as it seriously compromises the country’s health care system.  Buzzfeed’s Jina Moore reported from Monrovia this week that the country’s Minister of Health estimates that 75% of the deaths are women who are in formal or informal caregiving roles. This includes nurses, who have been infected while caring for patients. Some of these patients were thought not to be infected but later died from the virus. Others were known to be infected, but the nurses and others caring for seriously ill patients with Ebola have been lacking the personal protective equipment that we take for granted in the U.S.  In a nation that already suffered from a shortage of nurses and other health care workers, Ebola has killed some health care workers and has caused others to leave hospitals. Those needing health care for other reasons may fear going to hospitals or clinics and, if they do go, may find that the hospital has closed because it doesn’t have enough staff. Pregnant women who needed help with complicated deliveries have died, and it is estimated that people with other health conditions other than Ebola are also dying because of a lack of health care.

Today on Healthstyles, c0-producer and host Diana Mason, PhD, RN, talks with three nurses with recent experience in Liberia about that nation’s capacity for delivering health care now and in the future: Harriette Dolo, Liberian certified midwife and registered nurse who is Director of the Esther Bacon School of Nursing and Midwifery at Curran Lutheran Hospital in Zorzor, Lofa County, Liberia (the county with the highest incidence of Ebola); Dorcas Kunkel, DNP, RN, APHN, assistant clinical professor of nursing at the University of Minnesota and volunteer faculty at the Mother Patern College of Health Sciences in Monrovia, Liberia; and Magdeline Aagard, RN, EdD, nurse educator and international consultant who is also a volunteer faculty at the Mother Patern College of Health Sciences.

Tune in today at 1:00 to Healthstyles on WBAI, 99.5 FM (www.wbai.org), or click here to listen to the interview:

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

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