Public Health Insight

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The Public Health Insight Podcast is a weekly podcast ranked in the top 5% of all podcasts globally. The podcast covers all things public health and global health, from the sustainable development goals to the social determinants of health, as well as interesting dialogues about the diverse career opportunities that exist in the fields. Since its launch in March 2020, the podcast has featured more than 40 high-profile guests and has built an audience in more than 5,000 cities in over 190 countries.

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Overdose Prevention & Proliferation of Nicotine Products - Part 3 - Public Health Policy Issues to Watch in 2024
6d ago
Overdose Prevention & Proliferation of Nicotine Products - Part 3 - Public Health Policy Issues to Watch in 2024
Each year, ASTHO publishes their anticipated top 10 public health policy issues. It is perhaps no surprise that opioids and nicotine products make this list based on the current trends.  In this episode of the Public Health Insight Podcast, their Chief Medical Officer talks about the chronic nature of addiction and the importance of addressing social determinants of health. The conversation also delves into the successes and challenges in tobacco control, particularly the rise of e-cigarettes. Dr. Plescia emphasizes the need for effective policy interventions, changing social norms, and the role of young public health professionals in reducing health disparities.Guest◼️ Marcus Plescia, MD, MPH, Chief Medical Officer at Association of State and Territorial Health OfficialsReferences◼️ Marcus Plescia, MD, MPH Profile on UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health◼️ ASTHO Unveils Top 10 State Public Health Policy Issues to Watch in 2024◼️ 2023 Environmental Scan of Current and Emerging Public Health PrioritiesHosts & Producers◼️ Gordon Thane, BMSc, MPH, PMP®◼️ Leshawn Benedict, MPH, MSc, PMP®Production Notes◼️ Music from Johnny Harris x Tom Fox: The Music RoomSubscribe to the NewsletterSubscribe to The Insight newsletter so you don’t miss out on the latest podcast episodes, live events, job skills, learning opportunities, and other engaging professional development content here.Send us a Text Message to let us know what you think.
Workforce Shortages - Part 2 - Public Health Policy Issues to Watch in 2024
Jun 11 2024
Workforce Shortages - Part 2 - Public Health Policy Issues to Watch in 2024
State and local government public health agencies lost nearly half of their employees between 2017 and 2021. This and many other factors have contributed to a shortage in the workforce. The confusing part is that more people are graduating with public health training than ever before but only 17% are landing in government jobs after finishing school.In this episode of the Public Health Insight Podcast, Dr. Marcus Plescia of ASTHO joins us to help us make sense of this all and to share various solutions that are being explored by states and territories. Guest◼️ Marcus Plescia, MD, MPH, Chief Medical Officer at Association of State and Territorial Health OfficialsReferences◼️ Marcus Plescia, MD, MPH Profile on UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health◼️ ASTHO Unveils Top 10 State Public Health Policy Issues to Watch in 2024◼️ Strengthening the Public Health Workforce: Streamlining Government Processes and Dedicated Sustainable Funding◼️ 2023 Environmental Scan of Current and Emerging Public Health PrioritiesHosts & Producers◼️ Gordon Thane, BMSc, MPH, PMP®◼️ Leshawn Benedict, MPH, MSc, PMP®Production Notes◼️ Music from Johnny Harris x Tom Fox: The Music RoomSubscribe to the NewsletterSubscribe to The Insight newsletter so you don’t miss out on the latest podcast episodes, live events, job skills, learning opportunities, and other engaging professional development content here.Send us a Text Message to let us know what you think.
Leadership in Public Health and Medicine - Part 1 - Public Health Policy Issues to Watch in 2024
Jun 4 2024
Leadership in Public Health and Medicine - Part 1 - Public Health Policy Issues to Watch in 2024
After initially considering a career in architecture before high-school, Dr. Marcus Plescia went on to pursue a career in medicine and is now the Chief Medical Officer at the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO).In this episode of the Public Health Insight Podcast, Dr. Plescia shares his experience:◼️ Pursuing a dual degree in medicine and public health;◼️ Working in the Bronx during the HIV epidemic;◼️ Shifting to focus on non-communicable diseases;◼️ Providing leadership to health departments and entire agencies;◼️ Maintaining a good work-life balance despite all the commitments Guest◼️ Marcus Plescia, MD, MPH, Chief Medical Officer at Association of State and Territorial Health OfficialsReferences◼️ Marcus Plescia, MD, MPH Profile on UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health◼️ ASTHO Unveils Top 10 State Public Health Policy Issues to Watch in 2024◼️ 2023 Environmental Scan of Current and Emerging Public Health PrioritiesHosts & Producers◼️ Gordon Thane, BMSc, MPH, PMP®◼️ Leshawn Benedict, MPH, MSc, PMP®Production Notes◼️ Music from Johnny Harris x Tom Fox: The Music RoomSubscribe to the NewsletterSubscribe to The Insight newsletter so you don’t miss out on the latest podcast episodes, live events, job skills, learning opportunities, and other engaging professional development content here.Send us a Text Message to let us know what you think.
Impact Of War, Stigma, Mass Migration, & The The Promise Of Universal Testing - Part 2  - Combating HIV/AIDS In Ukraine
May 14 2024
Impact Of War, Stigma, Mass Migration, & The The Promise Of Universal Testing - Part 2 - Combating HIV/AIDS In Ukraine
The HIV/AIDS epidemic in Ukraine has moved through various stages since its initial appearance and with the recent COVID-19 pandemic, and now with the ongoing conflict with Russia. Now, Ukraine currently ranks second in terms of HIV prevalence in the European region.The access and uptake of preventative and medical services related to HIV remains a challenge for a country that ranked second in HIV prevalence in Europe. This is what you'll hear about in this episode of the Public Health Insight Podcast - the final part of the conversation with Dr. Yaroslava Lopatina, who has worked as an infectious disease doctor serving HIV-positive patients in Ukraine.Guest◼️ Dr. Yaroslava Lopatina, MD, Country Program Director, AHF UkraineReferences◼️ AHF Ukraine◼️ Reasons for late detection of HIV infection among persons who applied to health care institutions◼️ HIV testing in Ukraine. Lost opportunities◼️ On the frontline of the fight against HIV: Ukraine's resilience and WHO's support◼️ Two Years On: UNAIDS supports Ukraine’s commitment to the HIV responseHosts & Producers◼️ Gordon Thane, BMSc, MPH, PMP®Production Notes◼️ Music from Johnny Harris x Tom Fox: The Music RoomSubscribe to the NewsletterSubscribe to The Insight newsletter so you don’t miss out on the latest podcast episodes, live events, job skills, learning opportunities, and other engaging professional development content here.Send us a Text Message to let us know what you think.
The Infectious Disease Detective - Part 1 - Combating HIV/AIDS In Ukraine
May 7 2024
The Infectious Disease Detective - Part 1 - Combating HIV/AIDS In Ukraine
Infectious Disease Doctors are often referred to as medical detectives. Ones who investigate clues from a variety of sources to then put all the pieces together to identify a root cause. Inspired by interests in her childhood, Dr. Lopatina shares her journey into medicine and her passion for infectious diseases on the Public Health Insight Podcast. She discusses her first experiences working with patients during the early days of the crisis and how it shaped her understanding of HIV/AIDS. The episode concludes with Dr. Lopatina talking about the challenges of balancing leadership responsibilities with clinical practice. Guest◼️ Dr. Yaroslava Lopatina, MD, Country Program Director, AHF UkraineReferences◼️ AHF Ukraine◼️ Reasons for late detection of HIV infection among persons who applied to health care institutions◼️ HIV testing in Ukraine. Lost opportunities◼️ On the frontline of the fight against HIV: Ukraine's resilience and WHO's support◼️ Two Years On: UNAIDS supports Ukraine’s commitment to the HIV responseHosts & Producers◼️ Gordon Thane, BMSc, MPH, PMP®Production Notes◼️ Music from Johnny Harris x Tom Fox: The Music RoomSubscribe to the NewsletterSubscribe to The Insight newsletter so you don’t miss out on the latest podcast episodes, live events, job skills, learning opportunities, and other engaging professional development content here.Send us a Text Message to let us know what you think.
Policies Gone Wrong & The Power Of Systems Thinking - Part 3 - Story Of The Opioid Epidemic
Apr 9 2024
Policies Gone Wrong & The Power Of Systems Thinking - Part 3 - Story Of The Opioid Epidemic
Approximately 115 people die every day in the United States from an opioid overdose, amounting to more than 400,000 deaths in the last two decades alone. The numbers are high, but we must never forget that there's a story behind every single number. Making progress in addressing this crisis requires systems thinking across a multitude of sectors and industries.What you’ll hear in this episode of the Public Health Insight Podcast with Dr. Jennifer Loeffler-Cobia is:◼️ The impact of slowly evolving policies on the worsening opioid crisis;◼️ The role of stigma in hampering progressive approaches; ◼️ The value of adopting a systems thinking approach with a variety of stakeholders;  ◼️ Barriers to systems thinking include lack of funding, resources, motivation, and champions for the process;◼️ A readiness implementation tool can help coalitions and task forces assess their progress and plan strategically for a systems approach; and◼️ The conversation concludes with Dr. Loeffler-Cobia sharing her personal motivation for doing this work, reminding us that there is a story behind every statistic.Guest◼️ Dr. Jennifer Loeffler-Cobia, DrPH, MS, Director of Justice and Public Health Policy and Practice at WestEd Justice and Prevention Research Center; University of Southern California Adjunct Associate ProfessorReferences◼️ Helping Leaders Address the Opioid Crisis: A Q&A With Jennifer Loeffler-Cobia◼️ The White House is now tracking opioid overdoses that don't kill. Why that's important.◼️ Understanding the Epidemic◼️ The triple wave epidemic: Supply and demand drivers of the US opioid overdose crisisHosts & Producers◼️ Gordon Thane, BMSc, MPH, PMP®◼️ Leshawn Benedict, MPH, MSc, PMP®Production Notes◼️ Music from Johnny Harris x Tom Fox: The Music RoomSubscribe to the NewsletterSubscribe to The Insight newsletter so you don’t miss out on the latest podcast episodes, live events, job skills, learning opportunities, and other engaging professional development content here.Send us a Text Message to let us know what you think.
The Three Waves: OxyContin, Heroin, & Fentanyl - Part 2 - Story Of The Opioid Epidemic
Apr 2 2024
The Three Waves: OxyContin, Heroin, & Fentanyl - Part 2 - Story Of The Opioid Epidemic
There are many stories out there about how the opioid crisis has now become one of the greatest public health challenges of our time. Some stories may be more accurate than others, but to get to the truth and truly understand the current opioid crisis, we must go back in time.What you'll hear in this episode of the Public Health Insight Podcast is our conversation with Dr. Jennifer Loeffler-Cobia, where we develop a chronological timeline of the three waves of the modern opioid crisis in the U.S., including the early use of opium and morphine, development of non-opioid pain relievers, overprescribing of OxyContin, transition to heroin, and the introduction of fentanyl. The conversation also explores the role of illicit markets in sustaining the overdose crisis.Guest◼️ Dr. Jennifer Loeffler-Cobia, DrPH, MS, Director of Justice and Public Health Policy and Practice at WestEd Justice and Prevention Research Center; University of Southern California Adjunct Associate ProfessorReferences◼️ Helping Leaders Address the Opioid Crisis: A Q&A With Jennifer Loeffler-Cobia◼️ The White House is now tracking opioid overdoses that don't kill. Why that's important.◼️ Understanding the Epidemic◼️ The triple wave epidemic: Supply and demand drivers of the US opioid overdose crisisHosts & Producers◼️ Gordon Thane, BMSc, MPH, PMP®◼️ Leshawn Benedict, MPH, MSc, PMP®Production Notes◼️ Music from Johnny Harris x Tom Fox: The Music RoomSubscribe to the NewsletterSubscribe to The Insight newsletter so you don’t miss out on the latest podcast episodes, live events, job skills, learning opportunities, and other engaging professional development content here.Send us a Text Message to let us know what you think.
Substance Use, Criminal Justice, & Public Health Advocacy On Capitol Hill - Part 1 - Story Of The Opioid Epidemic
Mar 26 2024
Substance Use, Criminal Justice, & Public Health Advocacy On Capitol Hill - Part 1 - Story Of The Opioid Epidemic
The opioid crisis is as rampant as any other time in history and a lot of work remains to be done until we can feel the progress being made.  Every so often though, we have the privilege of meeting someone behind the work, someone who's committed a significant portion of their profession and of their lives to creating a world where the opioid epidemic is no more. What you’ll hear in this episode of the Public Health Insight Podcast is a captivating conversation with Dr. Jennifer Loeffler-Cobia, Director of Justice and Public Health Policy and Practice at WestEd Justice and Prevention Research Center. She shares her journey into public health and her transition into criminal justice, why she got her DrPH many years after her Master’s degree, and her experiences advocating for policy change on Capitol Hill. We also get to learn more about her in the Insight Blitz segment, where she talks about living in Utah and the worst piece of advice she’s ever gotten. Guest◼️ Dr. Jennifer Loeffler-Cobia, DrPH, MS, Director of Justice and Public Health Policy and Practice at WestEd Justice and Prevention Research Center; University of Southern California Adjunct Associate ProfessorReferences◼️ Helping Leaders Address the Opioid Crisis: A Q&A With Jennifer Loeffler-Cobia◼️ The White House is now tracking opioid overdoses that don't kill. Why that's important.◼️ Understanding the EpidemicHosts & Producers◼️ Gordon Thane, BMSc, MPH, PMP®◼️ Leshawn Benedict, MPH, MSc, PMP®Production Notes◼️ Music from Johnny Harris x Tom Fox: The Music RoomSubscribe to the NewsletterSubscribe to The Insight newsletter so you don’t miss out on the latest podcast episodes, live events, job skills, learning opportunities, and other engaging professional development content here.Send us a Text Message to let us know what you think.