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Healthstyles December 18: Global Nurse Leaders & Innovators

Healthstyles on Thursday, December 18th is hosted by Barbara Glickstein and features interviews with two global nurse leaders innovating with new technologies that are having an impact in managing conditions, saving lives and reducing the health care costs.  Read more about them and listen to the interviews.

Sueellen MillerSuellen Miller,PhD, RN, CNM, MHA is a nurse midwife, researcher and innovator. Dr. Miller is Director of the Safe Motherhood Program at the Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health, and Professor, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at University of California San Francisco. Hear how she adapted a piece of ambulance equipment to be something useful to women dying of childbirth-related hemorrhage in developing countries. The Lifewrap, is a low-cost, low technology, first-aid device to treat postpartum hemorrhaging saving women’s lives in remote towns and villages globally.



“The Non-pneumatic Anti-shock Garment (NASG) is a first-aid device used to stabilize women who are suffering from obstetric hemorrhage and shock. It is made of neoprene and VelcroTM and looks like the lower half of a wetsuit, cut into segments. This simple device helps women survive delays in getting to a hospital and getting the treatment that they need. It can be applied by anyone after a short, simple training. To date, it has been used on over 6000 women in 6 countries.”

You can hear the interview with Dr. Miller here

Increasingly, health care involves technology. Tech companies are venturing into the diagnostics and treatment market. People can use their smart phones to monitor their condition and there are 1000s of apps available for people to choose from to support their health needs.

NYPresbyterian Jane Seley NYT Tribute to Nurses winner NYWC January 12, 2011Jane Jeffrie Seley, DNP, MSN, MPH, BC-ADM, CDE, CDTC, is the inpatient diabetes nurse practitioner in the Division of Endocrinology at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York City. She is an adjunct assistant professor in the Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program and a contributing editor for the American Journal of Nursing “Diabetes Under Control” column. She shares the latest innovations in health technologies for diabetes and how they are changing the lives of people living with this chronic disease. It’s also changing the way health care providers in partnership with their patients are working together to maximize the impact of these new tools.

You can hear the interview with Dr. Seley here

Healthstyles airs every Thursday at 1 PM on WBAI Pacifica Radio 99.5 FM and streamed live at Healthstyles is produced by the Center for Health, Media and Policy.

Centering Health Care: A Group Model


We’re used to one-on-one visits with a health care provideer–even if only for a very brief time as with the 7-minute visit expected of some primary care proviers. In the mid-1990s, certified nurse midwife, Sharon Rising, CNM, MSN, tested a group approach to prenatal care for pregnant women. The model has been so successful that it has been declared one of the top 100 non-profit social innovations by the Social Impact Exchange, and Rising, the founder, CEO and President of the Centering Healthcare Institute, is spreading the to various health conditions and issues, such as diabetes and parenting. Today on Healthstyles on WBAI ( from 11:00 to 11:30 PM, co-producer and moderator Diana Mason, PhD, RN, FAAN, interviews Rising about the model, its outcomes, and future directions. To listen to the program after it airs, click here: RISING

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

Liz Seegert on Health Matters

CHMP Senior Fellow and journalist Liz Seegert’s latest article for‘U.N. Releases New Data on Premature Births – Many Preterm Births are Preventable;  U.S. Lags Many Other Developed Countries”. See her other blog posts on the digital divide and older adults. You can follow Liz on Twitter (@lseegert).

Hip Hop Saves Lives “New Dawn for Ruth Lubic” raps about Nurse Midwife Ruth Lubic & DC Birthing Center

Ruth Lubic CNM, EdD,is a nurse midwife and applied anthropologist, MacArthur Foundation “genius” grant recipient, and founder of the  DC Birth Center at the DC Developing Families Center.  FHBC/DFC’  is located in the lower-income northeast quadrant of the District of Columbia and consists of a birth center, a case management and social support organization and an early childhood development center. This low-income area in the District of Columbia has high rates of infant and maternal mortality. FHBC/DFC’s core principle is treating women and their families—regardless of race, class or background—as fellow human beings.

They now have a hip hop song produced to shout -out to the world that this health care model works. Recently released, New Dawn for Ruth Lubic is directed by Chad Harper, shot and edited by Johwell St-Cilien for Negusworld film. Chad Harper is the founder and CEO of Hip Hop Saves Lives, a New York nonprofit that writes and sells songs to raise money for clean drinking water in Africa and Haiti.


Targeted Food Choices

This is Senior Fellow Dr. Lyndon Haviland’s first blog post for CHMP. Dr. Haviland has more than 25 years experience in domestic and international public health. She brings broad expertise in management consulting, health policy, advocacy, social marketing, corporate social responsibility, and branding, as well as applied research design and evaluation.

I am obsessed with food – it’s one of the defining factors of my life.  I like to eat, I like to cook, I like to feed people, I like to talk about food, I like to read about food, and I just love to shop for food.  I think farm stands, and good grocery stores are little bits of heaven on earth.  And this year, I have become fascinated by my first kitchen garden.  With childish wonder, I have watched food grow and picked fruits and vegetables just in time to cook them.

Its summer in Connecticut, and so I am swimming in tomatoes and herbs – I am experimenting with new sauces, tarts, and soups.  The more I eat from my garden the healthier I feel.  It’s amazing to me, I am learning what we all should know, and that the closer we are to our food, the easier it is to make healthy food choices.  In fact, the fresher the food, the less I crave salt, fat and sugar.  And that’s good given my family history of heart disease and obesity and my personal struggles to attain and maintain a healthy weight.

You don’t need a degree in public health to believe that there is an epidemic of childhood obesity sweeping across America. Walk a city sidewalk, stroll in the mall and just take a quick look around at the number and size of our youngest citizens.  One in three children in America today are overweight, and that has profound implications for their future wellbeing.  Being obese is bad for a child’s physical health, but the stigma associated with being overweight or obese is damaging to children’s mental health as well.  Teachers as well students have a well documented negative perception of obese children. “Research now shows that future peer victimization can be predicted by a child’s weight.”

Many of the responses to this preventable and dangerous epidemic include bringing children closer to their food and providing healthy food choices. There are no easy answers, but there is a lot of excitement from Michelle Obama’s leadership in “Let’s Move” to New York’s  Wellness in the Schools program led by chef Bill Telepan   or the burgeoning movement for schoolyard gardens.

That’s why on the  morning of August 17 NPR’s business news rocked my world.  Target, the nation’s second largest discount retailer beat their earnings expectations (during the current financial down turn) because of their decision to become a “grocery shopping destination.”

NPR reported that Target’s overall sales were up, but most of the expanded earnings came from their increased food offerings.  I shop at Target, and I love their attitude, it’s fun and I think they do a great job with paper products, inexpensive home wares, and seasonal party supplies, but when I think food shopping, Target is not my destination.

According to their website, SuperTarget wants to make grocery shopping “fun, easy and affordable.” The website stresses all they ways that Target is a good food purveyor – their designation as a USDA certified organic produce retailer (since 2006), their commitment to meals on a budget, their “better for you options,” and their reformulation of all Archer Farms (their home brand) with zero grams transfat.   So this morning, I went grocery shopping at Target.

First the good news, the aisles were wide, the store was well lit, and sale items were easily identifiable.  It was easy to see the appeal.  Target obviously understands its core clientele, every aisle included single serving portions energy drinks, juice boxes, cheese sticks, 100 calorie packs of crackers or cookies, individual tuna salads, presliced apples, prewashed small bags of carrots and grapes,  and no refrigeration necessary pudding packs. I was overwhelmed at the sheer volume of food that can be individually wrapped and sold. Not all of it was appealing and certainly much of it fails to be a “better for you” food option.  And since I love to cook, I don’t understand how some of the product reformulation could actually work – what is in a strawberry cupcake from Hostess that allows it to be 100 calories and 0 grams transfat?

In the fresh food section, the offerings were more limited, but again convenience and cleanliness was the order of the day.  You could easily shop for school lunches here and please your children well, and Target’s frozen foods included a wide range of prepared foods with an emphasis on simple reheating. A huge sign across one of the freezers summed up their philosophy “eat well, pay less.”

In these economic times, eating well and paying less is great, but the reality at Target was the sheer volume of the processed food far outweighed the “better for you options.”   If Target wants to help us eat well, they should eliminate or limit the unhealthy food products or prioritize their healthy food options.  This week of 22 sale items highlighted on their website, only 4 were for healthy foods.  Why not discount the healthy and fresh food, since the not so healthy and frozen options have a longer shelf life?

SuperTarget should offer discounts on superfoods and not discounts on foods that will supersize their customers.  The economics are clear – healthy customers live to shop longer.  Making it easier for all of us to stay healthy makes good business sense.


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