15 episodes

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. Host Dr. Lynn Harter draws 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.

Defining Moments Podcast: Conversations about Health and Healing WOUB Public Media

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    • 4.8, 22 Ratings

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. Host Dr. Lynn Harter draws 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.

    Physician Shortages in Medically Underserved Areas: Fostering Inclusive Healthcare Through the Rural and Urban Scholars Pathways Programs

    Physician Shortages in Medically Underserved Areas: Fostering Inclusive Healthcare Through the Rural and Urban Scholars Pathways Programs

    Shortages of primary care physicians in medically underserved areas are well-documented across the United States. Medical schools are developing curricular innovations to prepare primary care physicians for medical practice in rural and urban underserved communities. On this episode of Defining Moments, Dr. Sharon Casapulla and Dr. Alyssa Gerth talk about the Rural and Urban Scholars Pathways (RUSP) Programs at the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (OUHCOM). RUSP adopts an asset-driven, place-based, and narrative orientation to the practice of medicine. Its goal is to prepare future physicians to foster inclusive healthcare. Dr. Casapulla is the Director of RUSP and an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Family Medicine and Social Medicine at OUHCOM. Dr. Gerth is a graduate of OUHCOM and RUSP and a resident physician at the Christ Hospital/University of Cincinnati Family Medicine Program.
    You can read an article about RUSP in an article published in Health Communication at: https://doi.org/10.1080/10410236.2020.1712529

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Positive Deviance and Public Health Communication

    Positive Deviance and Public Health Communication

    Positive Deviance is an approach to public health that flips the script of traditional top-down and deficit-based communication. On this episode of Defining Moments, Dr. Arvind Singhal shares how he has embraced an assets-based, grassroots approach to social change in the midst of natural disasters, disability rights, domestic violence, and family planning. The reach of his work spans numerous countries including Japan, India, the Netherlands, and the U.S. Dr. Singhal is the Samual Shirley and Edna Holt Marston Endowed Professor of Communication and Director of the Social Justice Initiative at the University of Texas at El Paso. Since 2010, he has been the William J. Clinton Distinguished Fellow at the Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock, Arkansas.

    You can view follow his TEDx Talk at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n-NAvN-PLW0&feature=youtu.be

    • 54 min
    Coming Soon: Season 2 of Defining Moments – Conversations about Health and Healing

    Coming Soon: Season 2 of Defining Moments – Conversations about Health and Healing

    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. Season 2 launches on Memorial Day, May 25th, and features an eclectic group of guests who share moments of uncertainty, innovation, and resilience. Host Dr. Lynn Harter draws on twenty years of experience in health contexts to spark conversations that move between personal anecdotes and societal health challenges including food hardship, mental illness, opioid use and abuse, racial health inequalities, cancer care and other complex chronic conditions. Episodes are 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.

    • 3 min
    Miscarriages, Infertility, and Baby Loss: Coping with Grief through Art

    Miscarriages, Infertility, and Baby Loss: Coping with Grief through Art

    The Scraps of the Heart Project sponsors creative arts workshops for bereaved parents coping with baby loss and infertility. On this episode of Defining Moments, Dr. Erin Willer shares her personal story and how it informed the development of The Scraps of the Heart Project and its efforts. Dr. Willer is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of Denver. She is the author of several publications, and has worked with individuals of all ages ranging from elementary school through retirement.

    You can read Dr. Willer’s recently published article on in Health Communication at: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/10410236.2018.1550470

    To learn more about The Scraps of The Heart Project, visit its website: https://www.scrapsoftheheartproject.com/our-story

    • 53 min
    Inclusive Healthcare and Social Justice: Disrupting Racial Inequalities Through Narrative Medicine

    Inclusive Healthcare and Social Justice: Disrupting Racial Inequalities Through Narrative Medicine

    Racial inequalities in healthcare are well-documented across the United States. Medical schools are developing curricular innovations to reduce implicit racial bias and other forms of discrimination. On this episode of Defining Moments, Dr. Tracy Shaub talks about the Open Book Project at the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine. The Open Book Project is based on the principles of narrative medicine and its goal is to foster inclusive healthcare. Dr. Shaub is Chair of the Department of Family Medicine at the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine. She has more than twenty years of experience as a practicing physician specializing in geriatric care.

    You can read an article about the Open Book Project published in Health Communication at: https://doi.org/10.1080/10410236.2018.1551302

    • 36 min
    New Media in Times of Crisis: Lessons Learned from Hurricane Harvey

    New Media in Times of Crisis: Lessons Learned from Hurricane Harvey

    First responders, crisis communicators, and the general public rely on new media to communicate during natural disasters and in the aftermath. On this episode of Defining Moments, Dr. Keri Stephens shares her personal story as a flood survivor and how it informs her research funded by the National Science Foundation. Her work focuses on new media usage in rescue and evacuation efforts during Hurricane Harvey and in post-disaster recovery. Dr. Keri Stephens is an Associate Professor and a Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Moody College of Communication at the University of Texas at Austin. She has authored dozens of journal articles and two books, and is featured in a TedxTalk.


    You can read Dr. Stephen’s recently published article on in Health Communication at: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/10410236.2019.1580995


    Her book published Routledge is available at a 20% discounted rate with the code ASFLYQ6 at: https://www.routledge.com/New-Media-in-Times-of-Crisis/Stephens/p/book/9781138570290

    You can view follow her team’s work at: https://orgcommtech.org

    • 41 min

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22 Ratings

22 Ratings

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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.

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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.

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Phenomenal and Innovative

Defining moments is innovative and inspiring...moving stories across platforms and contexts.

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