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The official health equity podcast of the University at Buffalo’s School of Public Health and Health Professions.

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The official health equity podcast of the University at Buffalo’s School of Public Health and Health Professions.

    Recovery Capital with Elizabeth Bowen PhD

    Recovery Capital with Elizabeth Bowen PhD

    Join us for an enlightening conversation with Elizabeth Bowen, PhD, an expert in addiction recovery and recovery capital. Listen as we discuss the invisible population of persons experiencing homelessness and the unique issues this community faces, trauma informed care, and the need for supportive housing.

    Elizabeth Bowen PhD is a community-based urban researcher and educator, Associate Professor Elizabeth Bowen joined the School of Social Work in 2014. Bowen’s research centers on the health and resilience of people experiencing homelessness. Using qualitative and quantitative methods, Bowen’s work examines the pathways that link homelessness and health conditions. A subset of her research focuses on the developmental and place-based experiences of youth and young adults who are homeless and navigating service systems.
    Resources:
     Multidimensional Inventory of Recovery Capital

    Credits:
    Hosts/Writer: Nada Fox, B.S.
    Guest:  Elizabeth Bowen, AM, PhD
    Production Assistant/Audio Editor: Nada Fox, B.S.
    Theme Music: Dr. Sungmin Shin, DMA 
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    • 33 min
    Maternal Health, with Vanessa Guzman

    Maternal Health, with Vanessa Guzman

    Join us as Ebehitale Imobhio interviews the brilliant Vanessa Guzman, founder of SmartRise Health. Learn about maternal health care, barriers to postpartum care, and the experiences of LGBTQ+ people as they navigate parenthood and motherhood. 

    Award-winning healthcare leader and author Vanessa Guzman MS, ME founded SmartRise Health to help healthcare organizations assess complex operational problems and devise strategic, quality improvement, and training initiatives to optimize outcomes and satisfaction among employees, partners, and patients.
    Vanessa graduated from Columbia University’s Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science with a BS and MS in Biomedical Engineering, specializing in Diagnostic Imaging. She is also certified in Quality Engineering and Quality Management and Organizational Excellence by the American Society for Quality. For her outstanding contributions, she has been awarded the 2018 Becker’s Hospital Review “Rising Stars Under 40” and 2017 Modern Healthcare’s “Up and Comers” Awards. 
    Resources: 
    SmartRise Health


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    • 45 min
    Prevention Science, with Jessica Braymiller Knapp

    Prevention Science, with Jessica Braymiller Knapp

    Join us for an enlightening conversation with Jessica Braymiller Knapp, PhD, an expert in prevention science and a dedicated tobacco researcher. Dive into the core of addiction, prevention science, and more.
    Jessica L. Braymiller (she/her) is a clinical assistant professor and public health researcher focused on understanding nicotine and cannabis use among adolescents and young adults. Her current work centers on e-cigarette use/vaping and associated health outcomes, other emerging modes of tobacco and cannabis delivery, and device characteristics that facilitate initiation and continued use of both substances. Prior to joining the faculty in Community Health and Health Behavior, Dr. Braymiller was a postdoctoral scholar at the University of Southern California in the Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science. Dr. Braymiller completed her PhD in Biobehavioral Health and her MS in Biobehavioral Health at The Pennsylvania State University. She received her BA in Psychology from Mercyhurst University.

    Credits:
    Hosts/Writer: Sarah Robinson, MPH 
    Guest:  Jessica Braymiller Knapp, MS, PhD
    Production Assistant/Audio Editor: Sarah Robinson, MPH 
    Theme Music: Dr. Sungmin Shin, DMA 
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    • 39 min
    Harm Reduction in Cannabis Use, with Nicholas Felicione and Jessica Kruger

    Harm Reduction in Cannabis Use, with Nicholas Felicione and Jessica Kruger

    In this episode, guests Dr. Jessica Kruger and Dr. Nicholas Felicione, discuss the complex topic of cannabis use harm reduction. They explore the challenges and complexities of harm reduction in the evolving landscape of cannabis legalization, highlighting the need for more research and evidence-based strategies to educate consumers and reduce potential risks associated with cannabis use. The conversation touches on various aspects of cannabis, from product testing and labeling to the possible substitution of cannabis for other, more harmful substances, all within the context of promoting health equity and responsible consumption.
    Guests:
    Jessica Kruger, PhD, MCHES
    Director, Teaching Innovation and Excellence | School of Public Health and Health Professions
    Clinical Associate Professor | Department of Community Health and Health Behavior
    Nicholas Felicione, PhD
    Assistant Professor | Department of Community Health and Health Behavior

    Credits:
    Hosts/Writers: Jessica Kruger, PhD, MCHES | Nicholas Felicione, PhD
    Guest:  Jessica Kruger, PhD, MCHES | Nicholas Felicione, PhD
    Production Assistant/Audio Editor: Sarah Robinson, MPH 
    Theme Music: Dr. Sungmin Shin, DMA 
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    Reframing Substance Use Disorder, with Cheryll Moore

    Reframing Substance Use Disorder, with Cheryll Moore

    Cheryll Moore has extensive grant administration and project management experience with the Erie County, New York, Department of Health and has directly administered and implemented numerous grant projects over the past 20 years. She has been a leader in addressing the opioid epidemic in Erie County, providing naloxone trainings to first responders and community members and integrating data to focus her efforts. She also manages the nationally recognized community-engaged intervention known as the Erie County Opioid Epidemic Task Force to reduce opioid-related overdose deaths.

    Resources:
    Carry Narcan, and know how and when to use it. Text (716) 225-5473 to have Narcan mailed to you for free.Seek treatment. Local hospital emergency departments can connect patients to immediate medication assisted treatment, a long-term care provider and a peer who can help with every stage of recovery. Ask for NY MATTERS.Seek support. The Buffalo & Erie County Addictions Hotline is available 24/7 with referrals for individuals and their families. Call (716) 831-7007.Never use alone. Have Narcan and a friend with you who is not using drugs, or contact a service like Never Use Alone (neverusealone.com)Test your drugs for fentanyl and xylazine even if you think it is cocaine or another substance that is not an opioid. Free test strips available from the Erie County Department of Health. Call (716) 858-7695.Bars, restaurants and other public establishments can order free materials from ECDOH, as available. Visit bit.ly/ECDOHNarcan for order form or call (716) 858-7695.Words Matter - Terms to Use and Avoid When Talking About AddictionCredits:
    Credits: 
    Host/Writer: Sarah Robinson, MPH | Kara Kane, MA
    Guest: Cheryll Moore, Director, Erie County Opiate Epidemic Task Force; Medical Care Administrator, Erie County Department of Health
    Production Assistant/Audio Editor: Sarah Robinson, MPH 
    Theme Music: Dr. Sungmin Shin, DMA 
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    • 25 min
    Accessible Type 2 Diabetes Interventions, with Sarah LaPointe and Dr. Michael Merrill

    Accessible Type 2 Diabetes Interventions, with Sarah LaPointe and Dr. Michael Merrill

    Join Sarah Robinson as she interviews Dr. Sarah LaPointe and Dr. Michael Merrill about type 2 diabetes, health equity, and more. We discuss the importance of bridging the gap in diabetes care, making interventions inclusive for all communities. Our expert guests share valuable insights on empowering the health care system and promoting health equity in diabetes management.

    Dr. Sarah LaPointe is a Researcher at Brook Health and a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Epidemiology at Emory University. She received her Master's in Public Health and PhD in Epidemiology from the Department of Epidemiology and Environmental Health at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York. Broadly, her research interests lie at the intersection of social and environmental determinants of health with a particular passion for improving the health and well-being of marginalized communities. In her free time, Sarah enjoys being outdoors with her dogs, tennis or pickleball, and exploring her new surroundings in Atlanta, GA.

    Dr. Mike Merrill is chief medical officer for Brook Health, headquartered in Seattle.  Prior to Brook Health, he served as chief medical officer at United Memorial Medical Center, Rochester Regional Health, and as a medical director for Independent Health. 

    Resources: 
    Brook website: https://www.brook.health/ (We are hiring!) Weight loss in Brook's digital diabetes prevention programCredits: 
    Host/Writer: Sarah Robinson, MPH
    Guests: Sarah LaPointe, MPH, PhD | Michael Merrill, MD, MS, MS, MBA 
    Production Assistant/Audio Editor: Sarah Robinson, MPH 
    Theme Music: Dr. Sungmin Shin, DMA 
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