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Healthy You - A GWSPH Podcast

Exploring the public health landscape and how it impacts your personal health and wellbeing

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Healthy You explores the public health landscape and how it impacts your personal health and wellbeing. Whether you’re looking to start a career in public health, make a change in your life, or just learn something new, this is the perfect podcast for you.

Be sure to join us every other week as we tackle some of the most pressing health concerns of today. Don’t miss a single episode by subscribing today on Apple podcasts or wherever you listen to podcasts.

Surviving a Pandemic: Craig Silverman


Fear and uncertainty surround COVID-19. One of the world’s leading experts on online misinformation and media editor for Buzzfeed News Craig Silverman shares how one e-commerce millionaire profited from selling fake face masks. He also shares tips for how we can avoid being taken advantage of and find credible sources. Healthy You: Surviving a Pandemic is a co-production of the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health and the School of Media and Public Affairs.

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Surviving a Pandemic: Dr. James Phillips


Dr. James Phillips, chief of disaster and operational medicine at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences joins us to discuss the reality of reopening the country without widespread testing available. As an emergency physician and CNN analyst, he also shares his thoughts on how he believes government leaders are handling this global pandemic. Healthy You: Surviving a Pandemic is a co-production of the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health and the School of Media and Public Affairs.

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Surviving a Pandemic: Dr. John "Bull" Durham


In our third episode of Healthy You: Surviving a Pandemic in collaboration with the George Washington University School of Media and Public Affairs, guest host Frank Sesno speaks with orthopedic surgeon and long-time friend John “Bull” Durham. Dr. Durham details what it’s like to work as a doctor during this pandemic in Tuba City, Arizona with the underserved community of the Navajo Nation. He also talks about the reusable cloth gown program that some of the hospitals on the Navajo Reservation have started due to the lack of personal protective equipment.

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Surviving a Pandemic: Milken Institute SPH Dean Lynn Goldman


Continuing our limited series Healthy You: Surviving a Pandemic, we talk with George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health Dean Lynn Goldman. As an environmental epidemiologist and pediatrician, she shares the potential effects of COVID-19 on children, the importance of maintaining your mental and physical health during the pandemic, and advice for parents during social distancing.

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Surviving a Pandemic: Dr. Leana Wen


In partnership with the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health and the School of Media and Public Affairs, we bring you the first episode of the COVID-19 series, Healthy You: Surviving a Pandemic. In this episode we speak with emergency physician Dr. Leana Wen who served as the Health Commissioner for the City of Baltimore and is a visiting professor of health policy and management at GWSPH.  Only days away from giving birth to her second child Dr. Wen details what it’s like being an expectant mother during a global pandemic, the importance of having a daily routine, and what resources we need nationwide to end the lock-down.

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The Future of Health Care Access in America with Dr. Leana Wen


Every year at the Milken Institute School of Public Health the Department of Alumni Relations hosts the Gibbs Oration, an all day networking event for national public health leaders, alumni and students to discuss the future of health care. Today on Healthy You we share part of Dr. Leana Wen’s lecture from the event. She shares her thoughts on the future of healthcare in America and what she believes it takes to ensure health equity in the future.

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A Behind the Scenes Look at "Sequestrada" with GWSPH Associate Professor Sabrina McCormick


For GWSPH Associate Professor Sabrina McCormick, filmmaking and public health has always been something that has interested her. On today’s episode of Healthy You we sit down with Sabrina to learn about her recent film, "Sequestrada" and her role as the producer. The movie, inspired by true events, is about the construction of the fourth largest dam in the world and the negative impacts it has on the indigenous people living in the Brazilian Amazon. Download the film on iTunes, Google Play and other online platforms starting December 17.

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A Snapshot of Public Health Organizations at Milken Institute SPH


Have you considered joining a public health organization but don’t know which one to join? Today on Healthy You we speak with leaders of three GWSPH organizations Kafui Doe, MPH ‘09, Pierre Cartier, MPH ‘14, and William Montgomery, MPH ’20. They share what it’s like leading their respective organizations and why they think all students should join a public health organization.

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The Importance of Syringe Exchange Programs


Today we talk with Milken Institute SPH associate professor Monica Ruiz about her recent study on the benefits of syringe exchange programs. Over ten years Monica analyzed HIV cases in Philadelphia, Washington D.C., and Baltimore and found that syringe exchange programs prevented over 12,000 new cases of HIV. Monica shares why these programs need to be implemented nationwide and what we can do to help make that happen. To read more about Monica’s study visit go.gwu.edu/syringeexchange.

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A Look into Microbiology and Emerging and Infectious Diseases


In today’s episode of Healthy You, we chat with Laura Venner a 2017 alumna of the Public Health Microbiology and Emerging Infectious Disease Masters Program at GWSPH. She tells us about her experience in the program and how the skills she learned helped her during her time at veterinary school.

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Celebrating Milken Institute SPH Alumni


Recently we had the opportunity to attend the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health 950 awards, an event that celebrates the accomplishments of GWSPH alumni. On today’s episode of Healthy You we chat with two 950 Award winners who share their career paths and how their time at GWSPH helped them get there. We also talk with Executive Director of Alumni Relations and Development Patrick Sanders who shares the history of this event and why it is important to acknowledge alumni achievements.

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The Places You'll Go: Student Summer Experiences


This summer we showcased all of the amazing things the GWSPH community did during their three month break from classes through our Instagram campaign titled #ThePlacesYou'llGo. By the end of the campaign we had a wide range of submissions from students, faculty and staff all who shared their unique summer experiences with us. Today on Healthy You we speak with two campaign participants Tammy Barlet, MPH '19 and Talia Shapiro, BS '22 to learn more about what they did over the summer and how their time at GWSPH led them there. To read more about #ThePlacesYou'llGo campaign, visit our Instagram at instagram.com/gwpublichealth.

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Parenting LGB Youth


Today we talk with GWSPH Associate Professor David Huebner about his recent study on parents of LGB youth. We also talk with a participant of his study, Evette Lewis. She shares the tumultuous day her son came out to her and how the resources Dr. Huebner created has helped her have difficult conversations with her son. For more information on the resources mentioned on this episode, visit www.leadwithlovefilm.com.

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The Importance of Access to Affordable Healthcare and the Future of Women’s Health


Today we sit down with two faculty members from GWSPH to answer big picture questions recent graduates asked in the realm of public health. Some of the questions asked were what are the biggest barriers in creating affordable access to care and what does the future of women’s healthcare in America looks like.

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Healthy Highlights


Happy Summer everyone! Today we take a look back at some of our favorite episodes we have put together over the past two seasons of Healthy You. Stay tuned for start of season 3 in the Fall!

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The Hurricane Maria Study


After Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, the Governor of Puerto Rico commissioned a study from GWSPH with the hopes of determining excess mortality from the storm and an assessment of communication before, during, and after the storm. We talk with two team members, Dean Lynn Goldman and Professor Carlos Santos-Burgoa.

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Air Pollution, Public Health and the Future


In honor of Earth Day, we had a conversation with Susan Anenberg, associate professor and Ploy Achakulwisut, postdoctoral scientist, both who work at the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health. Through our conversation they shared why air pollution should be considered an immediate threat to our society and why this is something that needs to be addressed sooner rather than later.

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What Does Public Health Mean to You?


As public health professionals we all have the same mission -- advance the public’s health and wellbeing. To celebrate National Public Health Week, we speak with members of the GWSPH community and ask them what public health means to them.

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Vaping: A Public Health Epidemic


On today’s episode of Healthy You we speak with the lead of integrated product design at Truth Initiative and GWSPH alumna, Megan Jacobs, MPH'10. She shares more on how vaping is affecting young people across the United States and what she and her team are doing to help stop this public health epidemic.

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The Importance of Healthy Relationships


On today’s episode of Healthy You, we speak with Sameera Qureshi director of sexuality education and training at Heart Women and Girls about the correlation between healthy relationships and mental health. She also provides insight into the value of education and information for healthy relationships.

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Zoonotic Diseases Emergence and Transmission


"If we can understand emergence and transmission, then we can look for clues as to when the next emerging disease might pop up." Today on Healthy You, we speak with Amira Roess, assistant professor of global health at the George Washington University SPH, about the emergence of zoonotic diseases and the need for research to better understand these epidemics.

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A Global Approach to Road Safety


Your everyday commute is affected by the way people interact with the road. Today on Healthy You, we speak with Adnan Hyder, senior associate dean for research and professor at GWSPH, about the impact of traffic, bikes, pedestrians, and electric scooters on people’s behavior on the road. He also tells us what people and governments can do to improve road safety.

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Tackling Weight Loss


For many, the new year provides a perfect opportunity to start over or try something new in your life. But do New Year’s resolutions work? In today’s episode, we speak with Todd Miller, director of the Weight Management and Human Performance Lab at GW’s VSTC, and Stephanie Mull, a dietician at the lab, whose advice on setting resolutions may surprise you.

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Careers in Public Health


For many soon to be graduates, choosing a career path is a difficult, oftentimes stressful, decision. Today we talk with two GWSPH alumni Nancy Edwards, MHA '18 and Madiha Tariq, MPH '11 about why they decided to attend the Milken Institute School of Public Health and how their experiences at GWSPH led them to their careers in the public health industry.

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Climate Change in the Courtroom


More and more studies are showing the negative effects climate change has on our planet. But how will climate change directly impact the public’s health and well-being? Sociologist and George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health Associate Professor, Sabrina McCormick shares what role public health plays in climate change cases and why we must look at climate change from a sociological perspective in order to find real solutions to the global crisis.

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The Dangers of Antibiotic Resistance


With drug resistant bacteria becoming more and more prevalent in today’s society, just how worried should we be about these deadly bacteria? Director of the Antibiotic Resistant Action Center at George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health, Lance Price shares how we have ended up in this devastating position and what our world will look like if we don’t change the way we use antibiotics

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Adverse Effects of Recent U.S. Immigration Policy


Recently, there has been an overload of news and information about U.S. immigration policies in the media. But how have these new policies directly affected immigrants and their families? George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health Associate Professor, Kathleen Roche shares the specific adverse effects these new immigration policies have on U.S. Latino families and what we can do as a country to ease some of their fears.

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Plastic Contamination in the Foods We Eat


Did you know that plastics are often found in the foods that we eat every day? Ami Zota, Assistant Professor at the Milken Institute School of Public Health at GW shares what specific food sources increase our exposures to these harmful chemicals and what we can do in our own lives to reduce the widespread problem of contamination in our food supply.

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Binge-Watching and Sedentary Behavior


We are all guilty of watching too many episodes of our favorite tv show or sitting too many hours at our desk at work. But have you ever thought about what specific negative effects these habits have on your body? George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health epidemiologist, Loretta DiPietro shares just how detrimental these unhealthy habits are for us and how we can combat some of these negative consequences before it's too late.

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The Importance of Belonging


Have you ever felt out of place in a social situation or like you didn't belong? This feeling is a lot more common than you may think. George Washington University Professor of Global Health and Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Eliot Sorel joins us to discuss why the feeling of belonging is so important to humans and what we can do in our own lives to help combat feelings of not belonging.

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