The Dose is a podcast to help you make sense of current issues in health care. Every other Friday, join Shanoor Seervai in conversation with leading health policy experts to break down complicated questions that shape the way Americans experience health care in their daily lives. Produced by the Commonwealth Fund, a foundation dedicated to health care for everyone.
Violence, Interrupted: Breaking Cycles of Violence in the Hospital and on the Street
Violence kills thousands of Americans each year and sends many more to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. Even though many people recover physically, the issues that cause violence often go unchecked.
On today’s episode of The Dose, we talk about how interventions, both in hospitals and in communities, that can help break the cycle of violence that traumatizes people over time.
Our guest, Fatimah Loren Dreier, is the executive director of the Health Alliance for Violence Intervention, and a Pozen-Commonwealth Fund fellow in Health Equity Leadership. She talks about how trained violence interruption specialists can help people navigate conflict, and how the national protests around police violence towards Black Americans has created an opportunity for communities to rethink the role of the police.
“Not Just a Black Body”: How COVID-19 Hit Home for One Doctor
Living with the COVID-19 pandemic for a year, it’s hard to process the numbers. What we know is that nearly 500,000 Americans have lost their lives, and that Black, Latino, and Indigenous people are worst impacted.
Our guest, Dr. Magdala Chery, is a primary care physician. Magdala is also a daughter, and she experienced firsthand the racial inequities of our health care system when she lost both her parents to COVID-19 last spring.
COVID-19 is Making Us Lonelier: Is There a Way Out?
Almost a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. faces another health crisis – one of loneliness. Between lockdowns, social distancing, and the fear that contact with others could make us sick, many people are living in isolation.
But there are ways to cope.
On this episode of The Dose podcast, Matthew Pantell and Laura Shields-Zeeman, researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, talk about how innovative programs from around the world could help mitigate the effects of isolation.
The U.S. Is Missing Key Opportunities to End the COVID-19 Pandemic
A year into the COVID-19 pandemic, the United States appears to have learned few lessons from its disastrous early response.
Hasty lockdowns and bungled reopenings have now given way to a sluggish and uncoordinated vaccine rollout. This month, the daily death toll crossed 4,000, and hospitals in many parts of the country are overflowing with sick patients.
How are we going to get out of this mess?
On the latest episode of The Dose, Ashish Jha, M.D., dean of the Brown University School of Public Health, explains how vaccine distribution could be sped up and carried out in a manner that addresses racial and economic disparities. Jha believes that swift action from the incoming administration could help America emerge from the pandemic by mid- to late 2021.
COVID on Campus: What It’s Like to Run a University in a Pandemic?
COVID-19 brought the lives of college students to an abrupt standstill – being in a classroom, a dormitory, a dining hall table with friends became risky activities overnight.
How did universities navigate the impossible tradeoff between having students on campus with the risks of the coronavirus, and keeping students remote but putting their education in peril?
Find out on this episode of The Dose podcast with Dr. Michael Drake, President of the University of California. Drake, who is also a member of The Commonwealth Fund Board of Directors, explains the decisions he made to keep students safe – and learning – on and off campus.
Listen here, and then subscribe wherever you find your podcasts.
Joe Biden’s Presidency Kicks Off With a ‘Once in a Century’ Health Crisis
A new president doesn’t get four years to shape health care, he gets six months. And for President-elect Joe Biden, the most pressing health care issue is – no surprise here – COVID-19.
On this episode of The Dose, the Commonwealth Fund’s President David Blumenthal, M.D., talks about Biden’s opportunity to leave a lasting health-care legacy by bringing the pandemic under control.
History will judge Biden by how he rises to our new reality, says Blumenthal, in which one in every 1,300 Americans has died of COVID, millions have lost their jobs, and science has been undermined and ignored.
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I work in healthcare management and was pleased to see a podcast dedicated to policy and management. The content is good, timely, and knowledgeably covered. I would say that the interviews feel choppy, as if the questions and answers were prerecorded separately, then later cut together. I am not sure the control you can have on this, but I also found this podcast to be much quieter than others - I am in my 30s, turn my phone and car volume to max, and can still have trouble hearing some parts. Thanks for this podcast. Keep it up!
Interesting content but the delivery is really rigid - would be much more engaging as a fluid conversation. As it is, feels like a Q&A that follows a strict question list and doesn’t adapt based on responses. Also agree with other reviewers that anyone choosing to listen to a podcast like this probably has a basic knowledge of health care/policy so basic terms and concepts don’t need to be explained.
Insightful and helpful
Well-produced and insightful analysis with global perspectives on health policy.