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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.

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

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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.

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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?


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