11 episodes

The State We’re In is a podcast that explores themes related to health, health equity and community. In these episodes we’ll examine what it means to have fair and just opportunities to be healthy in our communities and share peoples’ stories related to root causes of preventable death and disease: commercial tobacco use, lack of physical activity and unhealthy eating.

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    • Health & Fitness

The State We’re In is a podcast that explores themes related to health, health equity and community. In these episodes we’ll examine what it means to have fair and just opportunities to be healthy in our communities and share peoples’ stories related to root causes of preventable death and disease: commercial tobacco use, lack of physical activity and unhealthy eating.

    Healthy Together Willmar: Stories from the Idea Fund

    Healthy Together Willmar: Stories from the Idea Fund

    This episode focuses on the great work of Healthy Together Willmar, and their mission to help create a future where all members of the Willmar, MN community have access to the resources and opportunities needed to achieve their best possible health.

    • 37 min
    Sacred Tobacco: Culture is Prevention I

    Sacred Tobacco: Culture is Prevention I

    Understanding the difference between commercial tobacco and sacred tobacco is critically important for shifting the dominant narrative around Tribal communities and their health.  In the next three episodes of the State We’re In, we’ll explore how honoring sacred tobacco and cultural traditions can lead to healing for Anishinaabe and Dakota people in Minnesota.

    • 33 min
    Sacred Tobacco: Culture is Prevention II

    Sacred Tobacco: Culture is Prevention II

    In part 2 of our series on Sacred Tobacco, we’ll talk about “Tradition versus Addiction” for American Indian tribes in Minnesota.

    We had the honor to sit down with Sharon Day and Suzanne Nash from the Indigenous People’s Task Force to talk about sacred tobacco traditions that were passed down to them as Ojibwe people, and how they are sharing these practices across generations in their community.

    • 36 min
    Sacred Tobacco: Culture is Prevention III

    Sacred Tobacco: Culture is Prevention III

    In part 3 of our series on Sacred Tobacco, we’ll talk about “Healing Generations" in the Lower Sioux Indian Community.

    Throughout these conversations we’ve learned that “culture is prevention.” Cultural practices and traditions, including the use of sacred tobacco play an essential role in healing and wellness.

    We hear from Mat Pendleton, Darin M. Prescott, and Kara Siegfried.

    • 24 min
    Showing Up and Standing in Truth

    Showing Up and Standing in Truth

    In this episode we take a closer look at what we mean by “systemic inequities,” and talk with two people deeply engaged in this work in two large health institutions in Minnesota: Vayong Moua, Health Equity Director at Blue Cross, and Maria Sarabia, Racial and Health Equity Administrator at Ramsey County. They both serve on the Cultural and Ethnic Communities Leadership Council in the state of Minnesota’s Department of Human Services (DHS).

    • 1 hr
    Independence and Interdependence

    Independence and Interdependence

    In this episode, we invited LaTrisha Vetaw and Jill Chamberlain to have a conversation about the roles of individuals and of community, the importance that lived experiences and seeing yourself as a part of your community play in shifting the narrative around health – especially physical activity, access to healthy spaces such as parks and walking paths.

    • 49 min

Customer Reviews

Kaz152 ,

Excellent podcast

This is an excellent podcast and offers a great in-depth look into issues surrounding health equity in Minnesota. I highly recommend as an approachable way to understand complex issues. (Disclosure: while I do not work on the editorial team for this podcast, I am a Blue Cross MN employee.)

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