36 episodes

Curious about the people who are making the world healthier and safer for us all, and what set them on that path?

Get inspired as the CDC Foundation interviews experts who share their unique perspectives on today’s toughest health challenges, such as antibiotic resistance, global disease outbreaks, health equality and more.

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Curious about the people who are making the world healthier and safer for us all, and what set them on that path?

Get inspired as the CDC Foundation interviews experts who share their unique perspectives on today’s toughest health challenges, such as antibiotic resistance, global disease outbreaks, health equality and more.

    Homelessness and Health: Locally, Regionally, Nationally

    Homelessness and Health: Locally, Regionally, Nationally

    In this episode, we'll discuss the link between people experiencing homelessness and public health and what CDC is doing to address this issue. CDC's Dr. Emily Mosites details the unique health challenges for those living with homelessness and discusses state and local solutions to this national issue.
    For full episode transcription, visit Contagious Conversations
    Key Takeaways:
    [1:32] Dr. Mosites shares how her work in public health was inspired by her being a global adventurer at heart.
    [2:43] In her role as Epidemic Intelligence Officer in Alaska, Dr. Mosites investigated an outbreak of a new strain of a Streptococcus that was affecting people experiencing homelessness. Dr. Mosites shares how this outbreak led to her work on issues that affect people experiencing homelessness.
    [4:14] Dr. Mosites explains the link between people experiencing homelessness and public health.
    [5:32] What particular challenges did people experiencing homelessness face during the COVID-19 pandemic?
    [7:17] Did COVID-19 serve as a catalyst to help advance this issue in some communities?
    [7:40] What is CDC doing to address the issue of homelessness?
    [10:30] Is there a need for more understanding in the public health community about the issues facing people experiencing homelessness?
    [11:18] Dr. Mosites shares successful approaches addressing people experiencing homelessness at the local level.
    [12:47] What is the role that race and equity play in homelessness?
    [14:10] Dr. Mosites shares what she considers the biggest public health challenges ahead in working to address this issue.
    Mentioned in This Episode:
    CDC Foundation
    Learn more about homelessness and health on CDC’s website
    Tweetables:
    “Even though #homelessness might be a national and regional issue, problem solving and #innovation really occur at the local level.”  – Dr. Emily Mosites at @CDCgov in new @CDCFound Contagious Conversations #podcast episode
    “Both racism and homelessness are a threat to #publichealth.” – Dr. Emily Mosites at @CDCgov in new @CDCFound Contagious Conversations #podcast episode

    • 15 min
    Turning Urgency to Action

    Turning Urgency to Action

    How does climate change affect health? What are some successful approaches from public health's past that we can use to tackle this challenge today? And most importantly: how can we all work together to combat this growing crisis?
    In this episode of Contagious Conversations, Dr. Judy Monroe, president and CEO of the CDC Foundation, discusses these questions and more.
     
    For full episode transcription, visit Contagious Conversations.
     
    Key Takeaways:
    [1:56] Dr. Monroe shares how climate change is impacting health right now.
    [3:00] Dr. Monroe explains the ways climate change is impacting global health.
    [5:31] How can we all work to combat this crisis?
    [7:06] Dr. Monroe explains the urgency around having a national conversation about health and climate change.
    [8:43] Dr. Monroe discusses the successful approaches from the past that we should consider to protect public health today.
    [9:48] Has the COVID-19 pandemic served as a catalyst to understand the importance of public health?
    [11:49] Which populations are most vulnerable to climate change and why?
    [13:06] Dr. Monroe talks about the role that partnerships play in bringing the message of health to the forefront of the climate change conversation.
    [13:42] Dr. Monroe explains what the CDC Foundation is doing to advance this issue.
    [17:11] Dr. Monroe speaks about the biggest challenges ahead with tackling this issue.
    [17:53] How will the question of health equity inform the overall message of health as a cornerstone of climate change action? 
    [18:32] Dr. Monroe shares her thoughts about the future of public health.
     
     
    Mentioned in This Episode:  
    CDC Foundation: Climate Change and Health

    • 20 min
    Relationships Matter

    Relationships Matter

    “We can’t do the work alone. That is why it is important to have partnerships in our communities.” Hear Dr. Mysheika Roberts discuss this idea and more, as she takes listeners through her own journey in community-centered public health. Plus: how critical relationships helped build trust and shape responses to the COVID-19 pandemic in Columbus, Ohio.
    Dr. Roberts is the Health Commissioner for the City of Columbus, Ohio, leading a team of more than 500 public health professionals focused on neighborhood-based approaches that address the social determinants of health, from safe affordable housing and education to jobs and violent crime, to decrease health disparities.
    Dr. Roberts has a 20-year public health background at local, state and national levels. She built a solid foundation in public health early in her career by investigating outbreaks in Ohio for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and leading an STD clinic and hepatitis prevention efforts at the Baltimore City Health Department.
    For full episode transcription, visit Contagious Conversations.
     
    Key Takeaways:
    [1:15] Dr. Roberts talks about her background and journey to becoming a Health Commissioner for Columbus, Ohio.
    [3:01] Dr. Roberts shares her experiences with the EIS Program for CDC.
    [4:03] Dr. Roberts speaks about her role as Health Commissioner in Columbus.
    [6:15] How did Dr. Roberts and her team work to prevent inequities during COVID?
    [9:31] What was it like for Dr. Roberts to be a Health Commissioner during COVID-19?
    [11:25] Dr. Roberts explains what opportunity clinics are.
    [12:55] Dr. Roberts talks about her experiences with community and multisector partnerships in Columbus.
    [16:08] Dr. Roberts discusses the role of community engagement in Columbus in general.
    [19:06] Why is it important to engage all parts of communities in public health work?
    [20:38] How does Dr. Robert envision her work changing after COVID-19?
    [22:39] Dr. Roberts shares the key takeaways from the most recent Lights, Camera, Action Summit that the public health community can take action on.
    [25:35] What are some of the bright lights that give Dr. Roberts hope today?
     
    Mentioned in This Episode: 
    CDC Foundation   Lights, Camera, Action National Summit Series  

    • 28 min
    Policies and Laws for the Health of All

    Policies and Laws for the Health of All

    What exactly is public health law? Drawing from disciplines like epidemiology, public policy and evaluation, it's a field that we may not often think about in our day-to-day lives. But it has a profound impact on our lifetime trajectory.
    Sarah de Guia—chief executive officer of ChangeLab Solutions, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that uses the tools of law and policy to advance health equity—joins Contagious Conversations to discuss how to better engage communities to advance policy development, and how public health law can help facilitate true systemic change.
     
    For more information and a full transcript of this episode, visit Contagious Conversations. 
     
    Key Takeaways: 
    [1:46] Sarah talks about her background, why health equity is important to her and the impact of laws and policies on communities. 
    [5:57] Sarah talks about her current role at ChangeLab Solutions and what its mission means to her. 
    [7:30] Sarah explains the five fundamental drivers of health equity. 
    [8:54] Sarah explains the direct link between public health and law. 
    [11:56] How can we better engage communities to advance in policy development in public health? 
    [14:05] Sarah talks about community trust, participatory budgeting and public deliberation for intentional change. 
    [16:57] Why do we need to strengthen public health law? 
    [21:32] Sarah talks about some of the public health law tools and resources that can help strengthen public health. 
    [23:53] Sarah shares her experience participating in the Lights, Camera, Action National Summit Series. 
    [24:44] How can public health law facilitate more systemic change within governmental public health policy to help address existent inequities? 
    [25:49] Sarah shares her thoughts on restoring the spirit and value of the common good. 
    [29:21] How do we balance individual liberties with the approach of public health and its mandate of securing the common good? 
    [30:52] Sarah talks about the biggest challenge from a legal and funding perspective to strengthen the relationship between public health and health equity. 
    [31:49] Sarah shares her thoughts on the future of health equity. 
     
    Mentioned in This Episode: 
    CDC Foundation   Lights, Camera, Action National Summit Series    

    • 34 min
    Special Edition: Building Back Public Health

    Special Edition: Building Back Public Health

    This is a special edition Contagious Conversations podcast in conjunction with Public Health On Call, a podcast from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
    This special edition features a discussion between CDC Foundation President and CEO Judy Monroe, MD, and Joshua Sharfstein, MD, vice dean for public health practice and community engagement at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Sharfstein and Dr. Monroe discuss the importance of state public health and the future of public health in our nation.
     
    For a full episode transcript, visit cdcfoundation.org/conversations.
     
    Key Takeaways:
    [1:10] Dr. Monroe provides information about her background.
    [2:15] Dr. Monroe was asked by Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb to co-chair a commission looking at the public health system in the state of Indiana and making recommendations for future policies.
    [4:46] Dr. Monroe discusses how this public health commission is structured in Indiana and what they are tasked with.
    [7:00] Dr. Sharfstein asks about the state of the public health workforce in Indiana.
    [9:48] Dr. Monroe explains that we need to get to people in ways that they will be receptive to information about public health.
    [11:40] Dr. Sharfstein asks Dr. Monroe if anything has surprised her with this public health commission process.
    [14:04] How do we assess the challenge of the future of public health in America?
    [14:21] Dr. Monroe discusses the Lights, Camera, Action National Summit Series.
    [18: 40] One challenge with public health is that it is often invisible.
    [19:22] Dr. Monroe asks Dr. Sharfstein about the role of public health schools in this landscape.
    [20:12] Dr. Monroe says it is incumbent on all of us to give our best in this moment and to work together.
     
     
    Mentioned in This Episode:
    CDC Foundation Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health Contagious Conversations Public Health On Call

    • 21 min
    You Can't Fix What You Can't Count

    You Can't Fix What You Can't Count

    In today's world, people are used to having immediate access to data directly from the phones in their pockets. But how do public health agencies ensure that their massive and complex sets of data are managed at both scale and speed?
    Dr. Daniel Jernigan, who has led CDC's responses to dozens of disease outbreaks and flu pandemics in the United States and around the world, sits down with Claire Stinson to discuss all things data modernization in this episode of Contagious Conversations.
     
    For a full episode transcript, visit cdcfoundation.org/conversations.
     
    Key Takeaways:
    [1:35] Dr. Jernigan shares why he was interested in becoming a disease detective.
    [3:10] Dr Jernigan talks about his current role at CDC.
    [4:30] Dr. Jernigan shares how his experience with the H1N1 response helped him prepare to help with the COVID-19 pandemic response.
    [5:34] What have we learned from the COVID-19 pandemic that is helping us improve the quality, sharing and use of data for preventing chronic and infectious diseases?
    [7:58] Dr. Jernigan discusses the challenges that existed prior to the COVID-19 pandemic that became obstacles to the response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
    [10:33] The underinvestment in public health data capabilities is another challenge that we are facing.
    [13:22] Dr. Jernigan explains why data is so important in public health.
    [15:30] Dr. Jernigan explains how new technologies can get the public health ecosystem where it needs to be.
    [18:55] Dr. Jernigan explains the data lags that occur with public health data.
    [22:33] Dr. Jernigan talks about the different parts of the life cycle of data.
    [23:50] What concrete actions would Dr. Jernigan prioritize during the next three years to help assure investments would translate in long lasting improvements in the health care data system?
    [26:19] Data needs to be able to predict what is going to happen and we need to accelerate data into action in public health
    [27:40] We need new policies to be able to implement new technologies.
    [30:50] What are the challenges we face to achieving an equitable data infrastructure?
    [34:43] Looking beyond COVID-19, how do we show value to the public about the importance of data?
     
    Mentioned in This Episode:
    CDC Data Modernization Initiative CDC Foundation Lights, Camera, Action National Summit Series

    • 36 min

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Informative and interesting

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