12 episodes

The Princeton Pulse Podcast highlights the vital connections between health research and policy. Hosted by Heather Howard, professor at Princeton University and former New Jersey Commissioner of Health and Senior Services, the show brings together scholars, policymakers, and other leaders to examine today’s most pressing health policy issues – domestically and globally. Guests discuss novel research at Princeton along with partnerships aimed at improving public health and reducing health disparities. We hope you’ll listen in, as we put our fingers on the pulse, and examine the power and possibilities of evidence-informed health policy.
The Princeton Pulse Podcast is a production of Princeton University's Center for Health and Wellbeing (CHW). You can learn more about health-focused research led by Princeton faculty, students, and other CHW affiliates by visiting the CHW website at chw.princeton.edu and following us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. Search for "PrincetonCHW" to find us.
We invite you to subscribe to The Princeton Pulse Podcast on Apple podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you enjoy your favorite podcasts

The Princeton Pulse Podcast Heather Howard

    • Health & Fitness
    • 5.0 • 21 Ratings

The Princeton Pulse Podcast highlights the vital connections between health research and policy. Hosted by Heather Howard, professor at Princeton University and former New Jersey Commissioner of Health and Senior Services, the show brings together scholars, policymakers, and other leaders to examine today’s most pressing health policy issues – domestically and globally. Guests discuss novel research at Princeton along with partnerships aimed at improving public health and reducing health disparities. We hope you’ll listen in, as we put our fingers on the pulse, and examine the power and possibilities of evidence-informed health policy.
The Princeton Pulse Podcast is a production of Princeton University's Center for Health and Wellbeing (CHW). You can learn more about health-focused research led by Princeton faculty, students, and other CHW affiliates by visiting the CHW website at chw.princeton.edu and following us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. Search for "PrincetonCHW" to find us.
We invite you to subscribe to The Princeton Pulse Podcast on Apple podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you enjoy your favorite podcasts

    Digging Into the Debate About Banning Menthol Cigarettes

    Digging Into the Debate About Banning Menthol Cigarettes

    On this episode of the Princeton Pulse Podcast, we dig into the ongoing debate about banning menthol cigarettes in the United States. 
    We’ve known for decades that menthol cigarettes are more addictive and ultimately more harmful than tobacco-flavored cigarettes. Yet they’re still around, attracting young smokers, increasing health disparities, and causing preventable deaths. That is why the FDA has proposed policy to prohibit their sale. Research clearly suggests that a federal ban could save up to 650,000 lives over the course of 40 years, and that one third of them would be Black Americans. Despite those findings, however, the policy is stalled under the influence of a presidential election year and lobbying by Big Tobacco.


    Host Heather Howard, a professor at Princeton University and former New Jersey Commissioner of Health, delves into the historical context and the costs of delayed policy intervention with two guests: Keith Wailoo, a professor of history and public affairs at Princeton and author of the book "Pushing Cool: Big Tobacco, Racial Marketing, and the Untold Story of the Menthol Cigarette"; and Carol McGruder, founding member and co-chair of the African American Tobacco Control Leadership Council (AATCLC).
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    Learn more about the AATCLC’s advocacy for the menthol cigarette ban at www.SavingBlackLives.org. 


    Visit www.keithwailoo.com to learn more about Keith Wailoo’s research, his latest book ("Pushing Cool: Big Tobacco, Racial Marketing, and the Untold Story of the Menthol Cigarette"), and other publications. 


    The Princeton Pulse Podcast is a production of Princeton University's Center for Health and Wellbeing (CHW). The show is hosted by Heather Howard, a professor at Princeton University and former New Jersey Commissioner of Health and Senior Services, produced by Aimee Bronfeld, and edited by Alex Brownstein. You can subscribe to The Princeton Pulse Podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you enjoy your favorite podcasts.

    • 41 min
    The Global Fight Against Antimicrobial Resistance

    The Global Fight Against Antimicrobial Resistance

    The Global Fight Against Antimicrobial Resistance
    This episode of the Princeton Pulse Podcast takes on one of the top 10 global public health threats facing humanity: antimicrobial resistance, often called AMR. According to the World Health Organization, this concerning phenomenon directly or indirectly claims more than six million lives each year. That means that antimicrobial-resistant infections are more deadly than AIDS or malaria. 


    Host Heather Howard, a professor at Princeton University and former New Jersey Commissioner of Health and Senior Services, is joined by two guests: Ramanan Laxminarayan, an environmental economist, epidemiologist, and lecturer at Princeton, as well as the founder and president of One Health Trust, a public health research organization; and Dr. Martin Blaser, a physician, microbiologist, and professor at Rutgers University, where he directs the Center for Advanced Biotechnology and Medicine. 

    Recognizing the intrinsic connection between human, animal, and environmental health, the panel addresses how AMR affects food security, the economy, health equity, and our ability to fight future pandemics. They also talk about the United Nations’ upcoming “High Level Meeting,” which will gather world leaders this September to create a coordinated action plan.
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    Visit the One Health Trust website to learn more about the latest research, developments, and news on antimicrobial resistance.


    This paper explains the need for global solutions to antibiotic resistance.


    Dr. Blaser authored a book on the topic, “Missing Microbes: How the Overuse of Antiobiotics is Fueling our Modern Plagues,” 10 years ago, which was recently adapted into a movie, “The Invisible Extinction.”
     
    The Princeton Pulse Podcast is a production of Princeton University's Center for Health and Wellbeing (CHW). The show is hosted by Heather Howard, a professor at Princeton University and former New Jersey Commissioner of Health and Senior Services, produced by Aimee Bronfeld, and edited by Alex Brownstein. You can subscribe to The Princeton Pulse Podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you enjoy your favorite podcasts.

    • 36 min
    Only in America: Easing the Burden of Medical Debt

    Only in America: Easing the Burden of Medical Debt

    This episode of the Princeton Pulse Podcast takes on medical debt, a pervasive and uniquely American problem. Forty one percent of U.S. adults, or about 100 million people, are struggling to pay their medical or dental bills, which has delayed or prevented care, worsened health outcomes, and incurred financial hardship.
    Host Heather Howard, a professor at Princeton University and former New Jersey Commissioner of Health and Senior Services, delves into the latest research, the underlying drivers of medical debt, and its compelling consequences with two guests: Noam Levey, a senior correspondent for KFF Health News, who has reported on this topic extensively, and Eva Stahl, Vice President of Public Policy at RIP Medical Debt, a nonprofit dedicated to strengthening communities by abolishing medical debt. 

    The panel spotlights the personal, often heartbreaking stories of those grappling with health care debt, the inequitable impact on low-income populations and communities of color, and what we can do to alleviate this growing burden -- including federal and state policy responses. 
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    Read an op-ed by Princeton University’s Heather Howard and Madison Linton '24 on the merits of an innovative pilot program, in partnership with RIP Medical Debt, to cancel an estimated $1 billion worth of medical debt for New Jersey residents.


    Visit the KFF Health News website to see Noam Levey’s extensive reporting on medical debt.


    Visit the RIP Medical Debt website to learn how the nonprofit organization is abolishing debt and impacting lives.


    Read a report, prepared by RIP Medical Debt, that highlights the results of a national survey on the impact of medical debt.
    The Princeton Pulse Podcast is a production of Princeton University's Center for Health and Wellbeing (CHW). The show is hosted by Heather Howard, a professor at Princeton University and former New Jersey Commissioner of Health and Senior Services, produced by Aimee Bronfeld, and edited by Alex Brownstein. You can subscribe to The Princeton Pulse Podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you enjoy your favorite podcasts.

    • 41 min
    Lessons from America’s Former Top Doctor – from Covid to the Opioid Crisis

    Lessons from America’s Former Top Doctor – from Covid to the Opioid Crisis

    This episode of the Princeton Pulse Podcast takes us to the front lines of the Covid-19 pandemic and other public health crises with Dr. Jerome Adams, former Surgeon General of the United States.
    Serving as the “nation’s doctor” during the height of the pandemic, and as a member of the President’s Coronavirus Task Force, Dr. Adams was an integral part of the U.S. response to Covid-19. A public health expert and key spokesperson for the administration, he was uniquely responsible for not only understanding the science related to Covid-19, but for also relaying accurate, trusted information to American families as the virus rapidly evolved and spread around the world -- and misinformation spread just as rapidly as researchers tried to keep pace.

    Now out of public office, Dr. Adams is Executive Director of Health Equity Initiatives and Distinguished Professor of Practice at Purdue University. He also authored a new book called “Crisis and Chaos: Lessons From the Front Lines of the War Against Covid-19.”
    Host Heather Howard, a professor at Princeton University and former New Jersey Commissioner of Health and Senior Services,  welcomes Dr. Adams to the show to talk about his successes and missteps as Surgeon General. They discuss the importance of depoliticizing public health, improving science and health literacy, preventing misinformation, and preparing for the next public health crisis. They also delve into his experiences as Indiana’s Health Commissioner, including the state’s response to the opioid crisis.


    Read a related Op-Ed authored by Heather Howard and Brontë Nevins, MPA ’24, Princeton’s School of Public and International Affairs:
    “Learning From Past Disasters to Help Covid Long Haulers”


    Read about related research conducted by SPIA faculty members:
    SPIA Faculty Study Pandemic’s Impact on Asian American Health, Long Covid | Princeton School of Public and International Affairs


    The Princeton Pulse Podcast is a production of Princeton University's Center for Health and Wellbeing (CHW). The show is hosted by Heather Howard, a professor at Princeton University and former New Jersey Commissioner of Health and Senior Services, produced by Aimee Bronfeld, and edited by Alex Brownstein. You can subscribe to The Princeton Pulse Podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you enjoy your favorite podcasts.

    • 34 min
    Who’s Caring for the Caregiver? Strategies for Reducing Clinician Burnout

    Who’s Caring for the Caregiver? Strategies for Reducing Clinician Burnout

    This episode examines clinician burnout, a public health issue propelled into the spotlight by the Covid-19 pandemic. Up to 54 percent of nurses, physicians, and other clinicians experience prolonged, occupational stress. They suffer exhaustion, low job satisfaction, lack of achievement, and other consequences that not only compromise their personal wellbeing, but also the care they provide to their patients. 
    Host Heather Howard explores the drivers of clinician burnout along with the rising costs with Dr. Bryant Adibe, Sugarman Practitioner in Residence at Princeton's School of Public and International Affairs, and Dr. Wayne Jonas, a practicing family physician and president of the Healing Works Foundation.


    Their conversation addresses widespread dissatisfaction among health care workers, absenteeism, staffing shortages, and other repercussions that threaten access to safe, quality health care in the United States and beyond. They discuss strategies for reducing clinician burnout through a systems approach that leverages actionable data, as well as a recent summit that united scholars, health care providers, and policymakers in the collaborative pursuit of clinical wellbeing.
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    Learn more about the “Systems Summit on Clinical Wellbeing,” co-sponsored by the American Medical Association (AMA), Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), Healing Works Foundation, and Princeton University’s Center for Health and Wellbeing and the Kahneman-Treisman Center for Behavioral Science & Public Policy. 


    Read related articles authored by Dr. Bryant Adibe:
    Clinician Wellness is an Operations Issue
    Clinician Wellbeing: Challenges and Opportunities
     
    Learn more about the Healing Works Foundation.
    The Princeton Pulse Podcast is a production of Princeton University's Center for Health and Wellbeing (CHW). The show is hosted by Heather Howard, a professor at Princeton University and former New Jersey Commissioner of Health and Senior Services, produced by Aimee Bronfeld, and edited by Alex Brownstein. You can subscribe to The Princeton Pulse Podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you enjoy your favorite podcasts.

    • 39 min
    A Public Health Approach to Gun Violence in America

    A Public Health Approach to Gun Violence in America

    This episode tackles gun violence in America, a serious and escalating public health crisis. According to the CDC, firearms kill nearly 50,000 Americans each year and are now the leading cause of death for U.S. children and teens. The facts are startling, but not entirely surprising, when you consider that Americans own more guns per capita than any other country in the world. 
    Unfortunately, gun violence is often viewed as a political issue as opposed to a public health threat, which has prevented meaningful progress in fighting this epidemic. But that is beginning to change as policymakers, health care providers, and other stakeholders reframe the conversation and come together in the interest of safer, healthier communities. 
    Host Heather Howard, a professor at Princeton University and former New Jersey Commissioner of Health and Senior Services, examines challenges and potential policy solutions with two staunch advocates for depoliticizing gun safety and uniting for the common good: Senator William H. Frist, M.D., a practicing physician and former U.S. Senate Majority Leader, whose ongoing work proposes a shift in culture and targeted, bipartisan legislation; and Chethan Sathya, M.D., a pediatric trauma surgeon and director of the Northwell Health Center for Gun Violence Prevention . 


    The panel recommends a public health approach focused on firearm safety and injury prevention, emphasizing the value of scientific data and the implementation of evidence-informed interventions, such as safe storage, background checks, and “red flag” laws. The show presents a hopeful path forward that fosters cooperative discussion and actions aimed at protecting our children and communities.
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    Read two recent articles on gun safety authored/co-authored by Senator Frist: 
    “The Massive New Public Health Threat To Kids: What Policies Would You Consider To Address Gun Safety?” Forbes, 5/3/23 
    “Gun Violence is the No. 1 Killer of Children; Here Are Common-Sense Steps to Address It.” The Tennessean, 4/17/23


    Read more about the Northwell Health Center for Gun Violence Prevention, led by Dr. Sathya.


    Learn about the Regional Gun Violence Research Consortium, a coalition of gun violence researchers and practitioners that seeks to inform policymakers and the public with evidence-based policy recommendations. 
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    The Princeton Pulse Podcast is a production of Princeton University's Center for Health and Wellbeing (CHW). The show is hosted by Heather Howard, a professor at Princeton University and former New Jersey Commissioner of Health and Senior Services, produced by Aimee Bronfeld, and edited by Alex Brownstein. You can subscribe to The Princeton Pulse Podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you enjoy your favorite podcasts.

    • 45 min

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21 Ratings

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Great listen!

An engaging, thoughtful, and important window into health policy research and a reminder of what health policymakers could and should be doing!

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