35 episodes

All across the United States, people are banding together to create a healthier future. State by state, city by city, and street by street, visionary local leaders strive to solve the nation's most persistent health challenges. Each month, we’ll bring you an inside view of a different community-based health initiative — an honest look at the challenges communities face and the outstanding solutions they’ve found to address them.

Melissa Eagan is the host of the Healthy Communities News podcast, a seasoned audio producer and storyteller, Melissa was a journalist in Rhode Island before joining public radio, where she executive produced talk shows like New York & Company. During her career she has won AP Best Interview and James Beard awards, as well as a Peabody. Now she swims and hikes when she can.

Presented by CVS Health.

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All across the United States, people are banding together to create a healthier future. State by state, city by city, and street by street, visionary local leaders strive to solve the nation's most persistent health challenges. Each month, we’ll bring you an inside view of a different community-based health initiative — an honest look at the challenges communities face and the outstanding solutions they’ve found to address them.

Melissa Eagan is the host of the Healthy Communities News podcast, a seasoned audio producer and storyteller, Melissa was a journalist in Rhode Island before joining public radio, where she executive produced talk shows like New York & Company. During her career she has won AP Best Interview and James Beard awards, as well as a Peabody. Now she swims and hikes when she can.

Presented by CVS Health.

    The Joy of Being Able to See

    The Joy of Being Able to See

    Some 350 people came to the Metropolitan Baptist Church’s facility in Newark, New Jersey over the course of a three-day vision clinic recently. They left, not only with a new prescription, but stylish glasses they had chosen – all for free! This was thanks to the OneSight EssilorLuxottica Foundation and Aetna, bolstered by members of CVS Health’s Workforce Innovation and Talent Center Team. Melissa was there, too – and she spoke with Christina Nicastro, the lead director of Aetna Vision, Dawn Yager, program manager with OneSight, and Valdemar Reyes, a senior regional manager of Target Optical. Not to mention three very happy attendees – who can see much more clearly now!

    • 27 min
    Introducing Dr. Khaldun, Our First Chief Health Equity Officer

    Introducing Dr. Khaldun, Our First Chief Health Equity Officer

    Dr. Khaldun will lead the strategy to advance health equity for patients, members, providers, customers, and communities, having served as the Chief Medical Executive for the State of Michigan and Chief Deputy Director for Health in the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, where she was responsible for public health and aging programs, Medicaid and behavioral health. She led Michigan’s COVID-19 response and is credited for Michigan’s early identification of and strategy to address disparities in COVID-19 outcomes.

    • 19 min
    Suicide Prevention Goes “988”

    Suicide Prevention Goes “988”

    Reaching out to help prevent suicide will be a lot simpler – starting July 16th – when anyone across the country can just dial “988” to receive lifesaving counsel 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. And Melissa takes us inside the Didi Hirsch Suicide Prevention Center, the nation’s first, which helped make this happen. Cara McNulty, President of Behavioral Health and Mental Wellbeing for CVS Health Aetna, also discusses collaborating with Didi Hirsch as part of the company’s own initiative to reduce suicide attempts among members 20% by 2025. And we also
    hear from Ann Taylor, who volunteers for Didi Hirsch, and is herself a suicide attempt survivor.

    • 33 min
    The Story Behind Charity's House

    The Story Behind Charity's House

    A four-story, 36-unit apartment complex that will provide affordable housing is going to be built in the booming Five Points neighborhood of Denver, Colorado. And Melissa tracks down the story behind Charity’s House, as it will be called -- tracing it back to Thomas “Pistol Pete” Albright, a star pitcher in the Negro Leagues.

    • 42 min
    A New Normal?

    A New Normal?

    As mandates are being lifted across the country after over two years of pandemic waves, it feels like we’re all coming back to life again. But how do we go about finding a new normal? And what exactly does that mean? Melissa speaks with those who are living it, in real time - in New York City. People who make New York a place others flock to, as well as a place millions call home: Tom Birchard from Veselka, Charlotte Moore and Ciarán O’Reilly from the Irish Repertory Theatre, and Maria Nazzoli from Pearl Oyster Bar.

    • 40 min
    America’s first suicide prevention center in Culver City, California

    America’s first suicide prevention center in Culver City, California

    If suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in America, why aren’t more people talking openly about it? Melissa does just that, with staff members of the Didi Hirsch Suicide Prevention Center, the first of its kind in the U.S. We also hear from Cara McNulty, President of Behavioral Health and Mental Wellbeing for CVS Health Aetna, who discusses collaborating with Didi Hirsch as part of the company’s own initiative to reduce suicide attempts among members 20% by 2025. And Ann Taylor, who volunteers for Didi Hirsch, and is herself a suicide attempt survivor.

    • 36 min

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