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At CommonHealth, the Virginia Community Healthcare Association brings you stories and conversations from the frontlines of community health. Our podcast amplifies the voices of community health – both those who give care – and those who need it.

CommonHealth Virginia Community Healthcare Association

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At CommonHealth, the Virginia Community Healthcare Association brings you stories and conversations from the frontlines of community health. Our podcast amplifies the voices of community health – both those who give care – and those who need it.

    The Dream Team Approach: Partnering to Improve Colorectal Cancer Screenings in Virginia

    The Dream Team Approach: Partnering to Improve Colorectal Cancer Screenings in Virginia

    VCHA's member health center, Community Health Center of the New River Valley, is expanding their partnership with the University of Virginia's Cancer Center to boost colorectal cancer screening rates. Listen as Dr. Meagan Arthur and Dr. Jamie Zoellner unpack the "why" when it comes to the importance of getting screened for colorectal cancer.
    With special guests:
    Dr. Meagan Arthur, Director of Nursing, Quality Improvement & Patient Safety, Community Health Center of the New River Valley and Dr. Jamie Zoellner, Associate Professor & Registered Dietitian, University of Virginia

    • 46 min
    Medicaid Unwinding: Always Know the Deadlines

    Medicaid Unwinding: Always Know the Deadlines

    Medicaid beneficiaries depend heavily on safety-net providers for care, including Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs). The end of Medicaid continuous enrollment could cause major disruptions in care, but states like Virginia can take steps to mitigate the impact. Listen as Sara Cariano, from the Virginia Poverty Law Center, discusses her thoughts and predictions about Medicaid unwinding, if and when the Public Health Emergency ends.
    With special guest:
    Sara Cariano, Policy Specialist and Lead Navigator at Enroll Virginia, Virginia Poverty Law Center

    • 37 min
    Southern Virginia Charm With Big City Challenges: Expanding Access to School-Based Health Services

    Southern Virginia Charm With Big City Challenges: Expanding Access to School-Based Health Services

    With locations in small towns across southern Virginia, including Martinsville, Danville and South Boston, Piedmont Access to Health Services (PATHS) faces some of the same challenges as health centers in larger cities, including connecting underserved children, adolescents and their families to quality, affordable healthcare. Listen as Marsha Mendenhall, CEO of PATHS, discusses her health center's mission: to provide exceptional healthcare, vision: to be a catalyst for change, and goal: to ensure a healthy life is possible for everyone.
    With special guest:
    Marsha Mendenhall, CEO of Piedmont Access to Health Services

    • 38 min
    What the Fluoride? Tap Water vs. Bottled Water and the Importance of Water Fluoridation

    What the Fluoride? Tap Water vs. Bottled Water and the Importance of Water Fluoridation

    Water is the healthiest drink for children and adults, and it is also one of the simplest and least expensive ways to maintain and promote health. Drinking fluoridated tap water keeps our body functioning efficiently, leads us to consume fewer empty calories, prevents dental cavities and preserves the environment. Listen as Sarah Bedard Holland, Chief Executive Officer of Virginia Health Catalyst, talks about the many benefits of fluoridated tap water and explores the challenges she faces in promoting tap water consumption.
    With special guest:
    Sarah Bedard Holland, Chief Executive Officer, Virginia Health Catalyst

    • 33 min
    Focusing on What We’re Packing vs. What We’re Lacking – Advancing Health Equity and Education in Rural Virginia

    Focusing on What We’re Packing vs. What We’re Lacking – Advancing Health Equity and Education in Rural Virginia

    For the residents of rural Brunswick County, VA, it's common for patients to not have a full understanding of their health situation. For some, this could be life-threatening, which is why the staff at Central Virginia Health Services (CVHS), a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC), is partnering with Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) and working to fill this health education gap. Listen as Paula Tomko, CVHS' CEO, and Dr. Kathy Tossas, from VCU, are working to make it possible for the Brunswick community to better understand their health risks, factors, and learn best practices for living healthier lives.
    With special guests:
    Paula Tomko, Chief Executive Officer, Central Virginia Health Services and Dr. Kathy Tossas, Assistant Professor & Harrison Endowed Scholar in Cancer Research, Department of Health Behavior & Policy School, of Medicine, Virginia Commonwealth University

    • 47 min
    80% or Two Out of Ten? A Chat About Health Literacy With WebMD’s CMO

    80% or Two Out of Ten? A Chat About Health Literacy With WebMD’s CMO

    Health literacy is a common issue among community health centers (CHCs) across the country. A large portion of the people who utilize CHCs are poor and medically underserved. They need help understanding and navigating the ever-changing and complex healthcare system. Listen as Dr. John Whyte, Chief Medical Officer at WebMD, discusses how health care professionals can identify patients' specific health literacy levels and make simple communication adjustments.
    With special guest:
    John Whyte, MD Chief Medical Officer at WebMD

    • 36 min

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