Population Healthy digs into important public health topics that impact our everyday lives. Produced by the University of Michigan School of Public Health, the show brings together experts to discuss population health issues from a variety of perspectives, from the microscopic to the macroeconomic, the social to the environmental, and explore the factors that affect the health of all of us, at a population level.
The ramifications of health care worker burnout
For thousands of health care workers around the world, dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic has been non-stop for two years and counting. We want to understand what that is doing to our health care workforce. From dealing with illness themselves, to experiencing burnout, or even leaving the field altogether … we'll explore the ripple effects of COVID's impact for these workers, and what potential solutions exist.
Health Communication: Why Getting It Right Impacts Us All
In this episode, listeners will hear from four experts who bring their own unique perspective to the topic of health communication — the verbal and written strategies used to influence and empower individuals, populations, and communities to make healthier choices. Health Communication is a vital part of public health, but in many ways, it’s become more difficult to nagicate for public public health professionals and the public over time.
Exploring another pandemic: HIV/AIDS
It’s been nearly half a century since the HIV/AIDS epidemic emerged. In the 1980s, before medical interventions or effective prevention methods were developed, it was a death sentence. Throughout the years, legislation, stigmatization, and limited resources have created costly setbacks in overcoming the disease and its spread. Today, treatment and prevention has evolved so that many people with HIV/AIDS can now live longer, healthier lives. But, there is still a long way to go before we can say that we’ve beaten AIDS. In this episode we look back on the evolution of this pandemic and why it has persisted for so long.
Healthier people need healthier food
It is no secret that healthier food makes for healthier people. However, there can be challenges to overcome when trying to make healthy food choices for ourselves and our families.
For one thing, not all foods are created equally, nutrition-wise. In fact, many highly processed foods can have adverse effects on our health. There are many communities in the US and beyond that do not have ready access to affordable, high quality food, for a number of reasons.
And the economics of food production play a large role in the availability of fruits and vegetables, which tend to cost more to grow and harvest.
Thank goodness, public health researchers are studying all these problems and coming up with clever, effective, solutions.
What do health departments do?
The pandemic highlighted the important role health departments play in communities large and small. But the role of a health department extends well beyond pandemic response. Assessing water quality, ensuring restaurants are following food safety practices, ensuring health care access and more. Health departments manage many health-related priorities to improve the lives of community members.
In this episode, learn about the ways health departments protect the health of their communities through their services and the need to build a strong public health infrastructure. We’ll also talk to individuals working in health departments to learn how their work impacts the communities they serve.
Using Motivational Interviewing to Convince People to Get Vaccinated
Generally speaking, giving unsolicited advice to people only tends to annoy them and make them less likely to change any of their behaviors. Real change tends to come when someone sees a discrepancy between their own behavior and what they value as a person.
So, how do you talk to a coworker, friend, or family member who is firmly entrenched in anti-vaccine beliefs? Preaching to them that COVID vaccines are safe and effective will most likely fail. But there are some lessons to be gleaned from a counseling style called motivational interviewing, where instead of trying to persuade someone, you subtly reflect back to them their own thoughts and feelings. In other words, you allow the other person to drive the conversation, with the idea that they themselves will see discrepancies between their actions and their beliefs.
University of Michigan School of Public Health Professor Ken Resnicow has studied and used motivational interviewing since the early 1990s and has some timely tips for how to engage in these difficult conversations.
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Excellent platform to stay uptodate with the latest happening in public health
Waiting to go back to school to get my MPH or MHI and I find this podcast really enjoyable! I am so passionate about the field and I’m glad I have something to listen to in the interim. Very informative!