Humans tell stories to make sense of birthing and dying and everything in between. Defining Moments Podcast showcases stories about living well in the midst of inescapable illness, suffering, and hardship. Episodes feature an eclectic group of guests who share moments of uncertainty, innovation, and resilience. Co-hosts Dr. Lynn Harter and Dr. Joe Bianco draw on twenty years of experience in health contexts to spark conversations that move between personal anecdotes and societal health challenges. Each segment is accompanied by articles published in Health Communication and other online resources. Defining Moments Podcast disrupts the silence that too often surrounds vulnerability, and allows narrators and audiences to imagine new normals.
Milk Banking: On Family, Fieldwork, and Liquid Gold
Each year, thousands of premature and vulnerable infants receive the life-sustaining gift of donor breast milk. On this episode of Defining Moments, Dr. Sarah Jones shares how her discovery of human milk banks catalyzed a surprising personal and scholarly journey that continues to this day. Dr. Jones is an Assistant Professor of Organizational Communication in the School of Communication Studies at Ohio University.
You can read Dr. Jones’ article published in Health Communication at https://doi.org/10.1080/10410236.2021.1941644
Stroke, Recovery, and the Moments in Between
When patient safety scholar Dr. Annegret Hannawa suffers a massive stroke at age 39, her life becomes a case study from her own books. Her journey toward recovery is as surprising as the stroke itself, taking her from the despair of hospital rehabilitation units to joining helicopter rescue missions in the Swiss Alps. On this episode of Defining Moments podcast, Hannawa reflects on stroke recovery and the profound healing capacity of simple acts of communication. Dr. Hannawa is an Associate Professor of Communication Sciences at the University of Lugano. She is also the Founding Director of the Center for the Advancement of Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety.
You can read Dr. Hannawa’s Defining Moments article in Health Communication at: https://doi.org/10.1080/10410236.2021.1994254
Cottage Industry Employment and the Healing Potentials of Collaborative Art
Patty Mitchell, Susan Dlouhy, and Tad Semsel of Passion Works Studio join co-host Dr. Lynn Harter to explore the healing potentials of collaborative art and cottage industry employment. The mission of the studio is to inspire and liberate the human spirit through the arts. In living out this mission, the studio has revolutionized societal perceptions of developmental differences, fostered more inclusive communities, and created employment opportunities through a cottage industry model.
You can read their article in Health Communication here: https://doi.org/10.1080/10410236.2022.2037863
Disrupting the Spiral of Silence: Loud Healing for Strong Black Women
Asha Winfield, Assistant Professor in the Manship School of Mass Communication at Louisiana State University, joins guest host Dr. Jill Yamasaki to explore her journey as a Black woman scholar with uterine fibroids. Asha gets personal as she reflects on silences in Black families, the myth of the Strong Black Woman, and the importance of representation for envisioning otherwise. She calls for loud healing in scholarship, healthcare, and communities to diversify how we care for and write about Black women and other minoritized individuals with health disparities.
You can read the article by Asha Winfield in Health Communication at: https://doi.org/10.1080/10410236.2020.1818959
You can view Asha’s upcoming documentary on Black experiences with COVID-19 at: https://www.productionsbyasha.com/date
Racism, Health Inequities, and Healing through Words
Tiandra Finch, Founder and CEO of Spirit Over Flesh, joins co-hosts Dr. Lynn Harter and Dr. Joe Bianco to explore her journey to heal through words. Spirit Over Flesh prioritizes and supports black women on their wellness journeys. Tiandra gets personal as she reflects on health inequities connected to race, systemic biases amplified during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the role of storytelling and narrative medicine in imagining healthier futures.
You can read the article by Tiandra Finch in Health Communication at: https://doi.org/10.1080/10410236.2020.1818959
Always a Surge: Managing Public Health Operations in the COVID-19 Pandemic
As we enter year three of the COVID-19 pandemic, cases are starting to decline in the U.S. For front-line health care professionals, this is a welcome reprieve from the back-to-back surges caused by Delta and Omicron variants. For the public health workforce, however, there is no respite from the pandemic’s demands; the pace of their work is as relentless between surges as during.
In this episode of Defining Moments, Dr. Gillian Ice joins co-host Dr. Joe Bianco to talk about her experiences overseeing Ohio University’s COVID Operations team. She reflects on the emotional toll of the pandemic on public health workers and shares a hopeful vision for how public health systems can help communities navigate post-pandemic life. Dr. Ice is Special Assistant to the President for Public Health Operations and a Professor of Social Medicine at Ohio University.
A necessity for all to hear
This podcast is a necessity for all to hear. Dr. Lynn Harter, Professor Bethany Johnson and Dr. Margaret Quinlan dive into Professor Johnson and Dr. Quinlan’s new book You’re Doing It Wrong in attempt to investigate the history of expertise in mothering and media. Through examining the common concerns that new mothers have, and analyzing how they have been answered in historical texts, and social media analysis as well as conducting in depth interviews with experts. Johnson and Quinlan have created a unique book, one that is not an advice or a parenting book, but rather a book which helps readers contextualize information they are given. In a society where anyone who has access to a computer and can appear confident with the advice they are giving, it can be hard for caregivers to understand what is helpful or harmful information. Johnson and Quinlan recognize their privilege via their cis gender, racial and socio-economic identity and work to include diverse experiences among those they interviewed, as well as learning how to bypass social media algorithms to access diverse information which allowed them to develop a book that relates to all who read it.
Amazing - Step Into My World
Amazing work by Lynn Harter and her team and guests. Thank you for sharing a viewpoint of my world. So thankful for you being a voice to those who cannot.
Phenomenal and Innovative
Defining moments is innovative and inspiring...moving stories across platforms and contexts.