10 episodes

Each Vital Minds episode will feature a conversation between host James Millward, an early career PA, and a guest expert on a topic of relevance to the PA and healthcare provider audience, ranging from mental health to obesity to pain management and many more. The series will explore nuances of the featured topic and provide solid tips and information PAs can put into practice to benefit patients.

Vital Minds is a podcast of the PA Foundation, a national nonprofit organization that promotes better health and wellness by providing PAs and PA students with philanthropic opportunities and resources.

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Each Vital Minds episode will feature a conversation between host James Millward, an early career PA, and a guest expert on a topic of relevance to the PA and healthcare provider audience, ranging from mental health to obesity to pain management and many more. The series will explore nuances of the featured topic and provide solid tips and information PAs can put into practice to benefit patients.

Vital Minds is a podcast of the PA Foundation, a national nonprofit organization that promotes better health and wellness by providing PAs and PA students with philanthropic opportunities and resources.

    Episode 13 – Food for Thought: Reframing Nutrition with Patients

    Episode 13 – Food for Thought: Reframing Nutrition with Patients

    Vital Minds is a podcast of the PA Foundation, a national nonprofit organization that promotes better health and wellness by providing PAs and PA students with philanthropic opportunities and resources. Each Vital Minds episode features a conversation between host James Millward, an early career PA, and a guest expert on a topic of relevance to the PA and healthcare provider audience, ranging from mental health to obesity to pain management and many more.
    Episode 13 – September 2019 Topic: Food for Thought: Reframing Nutrition with PatientsGuest: Ellen Mandel, MPA, PA-C, RDN, CDE Support for this episode of Vital Minds is provided by Abbott Nutrition.
     
    Resources:








    AAPA CME Central – Nutrition Toolkit
    Jean Ferrières – “The French paradox: lessons for other countries”
    American Diabetes Association – Prediabetes resources
    Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics – EatRight.org
    U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (hhs.gov) – Dietary Guidelines for Americans
    Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (health.gov) – Dietary Guidelines
    USDA Center for Nutrition Policy & Promotion – ChooseMyPlate.gov

    • 34 min
    Episode 12 – Tackling Opioid Use Disorder in the Hospital Setting

    Episode 12 – Tackling Opioid Use Disorder in the Hospital Setting

    Vital Minds is a podcast of the PA Foundation, a national nonprofit organization that promotes better health and wellness by providing PAs and PA students with philanthropic opportunities and resources. Each Vital Minds episode features a conversation between host James Millward, an early career PA, and a guest expert on a topic of relevance to the PA and healthcare provider audience, ranging from mental health to obesity to pain management and many more.Episode 12 – April 2019 Topic: Tackling Opioid Use Disorder in the Hospital Setting Guest: Richard Bottner, PA-C
    Support for this episode of Vital Minds is provided by Indivior, a global specialty pharmaceutical company with a 20-year legacy of patient advocacy and health policy, as well as education on evidence-based treatment models.
    Resources:








    Ascension Seton/The University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School – Inpatient Buprenorphine Induction for Opioid Use Disorder
    Ascension Seton/The University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School – Inpatient Management of Opioid Use Disorder: Buprenorphine/Naloxone
    Ascension Seton/The University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School – Buprenorphine/Naloxone (Suboxone) Nursing Quick Reference Sheet
    Ascension Seton/The University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School – Buprenorphine/Naloxone (Suboxone) Pharmacist Quick Reference Sheet
    SAMHSA TIP 63 Part 2: Addressing Opioid Use Disorder in General Medical Settings
    Massachusetts Health & Hospital Association – Guidelines for Medication for Addiction Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder within the Emergency Department

    • 23 min
    Episode 11 – Healthcare Provider Burnout

    Episode 11 – Healthcare Provider Burnout

    Vital Minds is a podcast of the PA Foundation, a national nonprofit organization that promotes better health and wellness by providing PAs and PA students with philanthropic opportunities and resources. Each Vital Minds episode features a conversation between host James Millward, an early career PA, and a guest expert on a topic of relevance to the PA and healthcare provider audience, ranging from mental health to obesity to pain management and many more.Episode 11 – March 2019Topic: Health Care Provider BurnoutGuests: Nelae Keene, PA-C, and Jay Somers, PA-C





    This episode of Vital Minds is a collaborative effort between the nccPA Health Foundation and the PA Foundation and is part of the PArtners in Mental Health Initiative. This initiative leverages a collective impact change strategy to improve the nation’s health by advancing the roles of PAs and strengthening partnerships to address issues impacting mental health and substance use disorders. Achieving that goal means encouraging us, as PAs, to care for ourselves and one another so we’re the best that we can be for our patients.



    Resources:




    nccPA Health Foundation – Mental Health
    AAPA – “Are PAs Burned Out?”
    National Academy of Medicine – “Implementing Optimal Team-Based Care to Reduce Clinician Burnout”
    National Academy of Medicine – “Burnout and Job and Career Satisfaction in the Physician Assistant Profession: A Review of the Literature”
    Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners – “Efficacy of the Well-Being Index to identify distress and stratify well-being in Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants”

    • 24 min
    Episode 10 – Addressing Addiction in PA Practice

    Episode 10 – Addressing Addiction in PA Practice

    Vital Minds is a podcast of the PA Foundation, a national nonprofit organization that promotes better health and wellness by providing PAs and PA students with philanthropic opportunities and resources. Each Vital Minds episode features a conversation between host James Millward, an early career PA, and a guest expert on a topic of relevance to the PA and healthcare provider audience, ranging from mental health to obesity to pain management and many more.Episode 10 – January 2019Topic: Addressing Addiction in PA PracticeGuest: Gianni Migliaccio, PA-C
    Support for this episode of Vital Minds is provided by Indivior, a global specialty pharmaceutical company with a 20-year legacy of patient advocacy and health policy, as well as education on evidence-based treatment models.
    Resources:

    National Institute on Drug Abuse

    Addiction Medicine in Primary Care


    Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

    Integrating Addiction and Primary Care Services
    Qualify for NP and PA Waivers


    Society of PAs in Addiction Medicine
    The Commonwealth Fund – “In Focus: Expanding Access to Addiction Treatment Through Primary Care”
    Harvard Medical School CME Online – “Understanding Addiction”
    NCBI – “Estimating Demand for Primary Care-Based Treatment for Substance and Alcohol Use Disorders”


     

    • 28 min
    Episode 9 – Diet Dialogue: Approaching Patient Conversations Using National Nutrition Data

    Episode 9 – Diet Dialogue: Approaching Patient Conversations Using National Nutrition Data

    Vital Minds is a podcast of the PA Foundation, a national nonprofit organization that promotes better health and wellness by providing PAs and PA students with philanthropic opportunities and resources. Each Vital Minds episode features a conversation between host James Millward, an early career PA, and a guest expert on a topic of relevance to the PA and healthcare provider audience, ranging from mental health to obesity to pain management and many more.
    Episode 9 – October 2018
    Topic: Diet Dialogue: Approaching Patient Conversations Using National Nutrition Data
    Guests: Chris Taylor, PhD, and Ashlyn Smith, PA-C
    Support for this episode of Vital Minds is provided by Abbott Nutrition.
    Resources:

    National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 1999–2016 Survey Content Brochure
    Long Term Effects of a Lifestyle Intervention on Weight and Cardiovascular Risk Factors in Individuals with Type 2 Diabetes: Four Year Results of the Look AHEAD Trial
    The Look AHEAD Trial: Implications for Lifestyle Intervention in Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus
    Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP)
    USDA Food and Nutrition Services
    AACE 2018 DM2 Guidelines (pp. 3-4, 24)
    ADA Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes 2018 (pp. 47-51)
    Why Muscle Mass Matters
    Costs of Malnutrition in Institutionalized and Community-Dwelling Older Adults: A Systematic Review
    USDA: What We Eat in America

    Patient Resources:

    My Game Plan: Food and Activity Tracker
    AADE Diabetes Wellness Program
    Dietary Guidelines for Americans
    USDA MyPlate

    • 25 min
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    Episode 8 – National Trends in PA Leadership

    Episode 8 – National Trends in PA Leadership

    Vital Minds is a podcast of the PA Foundation, a national nonprofit organization that promotes better health and wellness by providing PAs and PA students with philanthropic opportunities and resources. Each Vital Minds episode features a conversation between host James Millward, an early career PA, and a guest expert on a topic of relevance to the PA and healthcare provider audience, ranging from mental health to obesity to pain management and many more.
    Episode 8 – September 2018
    Topic: National Trends in PA Leadership
    Guest: Andrea Lowe, PA-C, MHA
    Support for this episode of Vital Minds is provided by the American Academy of PAs.
    Resources:

    CHLM Case Study: “Utilizing PAs and NPs as autonomous clinicians in the clinic setting”
    CHLM Case Study: “Leadership Structure: System Case Study”
    CHLM Case Study: “Leadership Structure: Departmental Case Study”

    • 15 min

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