Well Beyond Medicine: The Nemours Children's Health Podcast

Nemours Children's Health

Exploring people, programs and partnerships addressing whole child health.

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What is the Well Beyond Medicine: The Nemours Children's Health Podcast about? Nemours Children's Health is one of America's largest pediatric health systems. It provides medical care, education, and research, all focused on children. The award-winning podcast host is communications expert Carol Vassar. Each episode shares insights into this impressive health system and its road map. There are updates on the latest research, such as the use of AI and concerns around food poverty for kids.

In the first podcast episode, Carol talks to Gina Altieri. She's in charge of communications at Nemours Children's Health. The introductory episode explains the tagline "Well Beyond Medicine." Gina discusses this strategy as transformational when it comes to children's health. It's about going outside the doctor's office to transform the children's lives. Gina believes that if social factors such as poor housing aren't addressed, children's health will always be at risk. Helping with external factors can reduce the time spent treating children. This is especially the case for recurring illnesses and conditions.

Another podcast episode focuses on misinformation in healthcare. In a recording, the US Surgeon General explains how misinformation impacts the patient's freedom. He warns about the repercussions of not being able to make informed health decisions. Carol talks about how his reports have transformed healthcare throughout history. She refers to landmark tobacco bans. Carol remembers the volume of misinformation at the beginning of the AIDS epidemic. It took time for accurate information to filter down and become public knowledge. Carol talks to author Dr. Geeta Nayyar about how dangerous it can be. They discuss the effects on the healthcare system as well as individual patients.

Well Beyond Medicine: The Nemours Children's Health Podcast shares its insight. Carol invites doctors and authors to share new scientific findings and healthcare breakthroughs. Together, they discuss the topics most affecting kid's healthcare in today's world. New episodes premiere each week.

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Episodes

Ep. 66: The PLAYERS Championship – Golf for Good
Mar 25 2024
Ep. 66: The PLAYERS Championship – Golf for Good
This year – 2024 – marked the 50th anniversary of THE PLAYERS Championship, a premier tour stop for PGA golfers from around the world! Held at the TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida (just south of Jacksonville where Nemours Children's Health is headquartered), THE PLAYERS Championships attracts the best that professional golf has to offer for golfers, fans, and the community alike. The tournament, however, is more than just a one-week PGA stop. It’s a 52-week-a-year endeavor. Community investment, service and partnership are keys to the effort, which focuses on promoting youth services, education, character development, military support, and health and wellness. Joining us to discuss how THE PLAYERS Championship is a crucial player in improving health and wellness for the children of Northeast Florida and beyond are Nemours Children’s Health President and CEO Dr. Larry Moss, and Lee Smith, Vice President and Executive Director of THE PLAYERS Championship.Guests: R. Lawrence "Larry" Moss, MD, FACS, FAAP, President and CEO, Nemours Children's HealthLee Smith, Vice President & Executive Director, THE PLAYERS ChampionshipProducer/Host:  Carol VassarThanks for tuning in today! Please visit NemoursWellBeyond.org to catch all our episodes and sign up for our monthly newsletter. You can also use the voicemail feature on the website to leave a message with your episode ideas or questions — you just might be featured on an upcoming episode of the show. Views expressed by guests do not necessarily reflect the views of the host or management. Subscribe, review or let your voice be heard at NemoursWellBeyond.org.
Ep. 64: Ginsburg Scholars - The Future of Health Equity
Mar 11 2024
Ep. 64: Ginsburg Scholars - The Future of Health Equity
In 2022, a $25 million donation from the Ginsburg Family Foundation established the Ginsburg Institute for Health Equity at Nemours Children’s Health. One major initiative of the Institute is the Ginsburg Health Equity Scholars Program. The scholars program seeks to prepare rising members of the healthcare, public health, and scientific workforce to conduct research into children’s health equity and deploy evidence-based programs and resources into underserved communities. Nancy Molello, Executive Director for the Ginsburg Institute, joined us to share details of the Ginsburg Health Equity Scholars Program alongside one of its inaugural scholars Brianna Karim.Apply to be a Ginsburg Scholar. The deadline is March 15, 2024. Guests:Nancy Molello, MSB, Executive Director, Ginsburg Institute for Health Equity at Nemours Children’s Health Brianna Karim, Health Equity Program Coordinator and Ginsburg Scholar, Nemours Children’s HealthProducer/Host: Carol VassarThanks for tuning in today! Please visit NemoursWellBeyond.org to catch all our episodes and sign up for our monthly newsletter. You can also use the voicemail feature on the website to leave a message with your episode ideas or questions — you just might be featured on an upcoming episode of the show. Views expressed by guests do not necessarily reflect the views of the host or management. Subscribe, review or let your voice be heard at NemoursWellBeyond.org.
Ep. 61: Five DEI Questions, Five Black Healthcare Leaders (Pt. 2 of 2)
Feb 29 2024
Ep. 61: Five DEI Questions, Five Black Healthcare Leaders (Pt. 2 of 2)
In part two of our series, we dig deeper into conversations with our Black physician leaders, guided by our Black, African and Caribbean Associate Resource Group. Joining the table in today’s episode is Latonya Quann, Clinical Operations Supervisor for Nemours Children’s Health, Orlando, and Jane deHeers, Director of Operations, Therapeutic and Rehabilitation Services, Nemours Children’s Health in Delaware. Latonya asks our physicians what helped them get to where they are today and to share any advice they can give to the next generation of Black leaders. Jane concludes our five-question discussion with what our physicians envision for the future of Black leaders.Answers revolving around these questions of Black leadership growth and sustainability include the magnification of imposter syndrome in the Black community, leaning on champions in your corner, the importance of sharing experiences across race and hierarchy, and the power of perseverance. Dr. Robyn Miller shares her take on the importance of DEI: “I want people to be able to show up as their authentic selves and be accepted for their authentic selves and be able to learn as their authentic selves because that's who goes in the room with patients, and patients need to see those authentic selves.” To hear a more detailed account of our physicians’ experiences, be sure to tune in and listen! Kara Odom-Walker, MD, MPH, MSHS, Executive Vice President, Chief Population Health Officer, Nemours Children's HealthAlfred Atanda, MD, pediatric orthopedic surgeon, Surgical Director, Nemours Children's Center for Sports MedicineLonna Gordon, MD, PharmD, Division Chief of Adolescent Medicine, Nemours Children's Hospital, FloridaCedric Von Pritchett, MD, pediatric otolaryngologist, Co-Director of Nemours Children's Ear, Hearing and Communication CenterRobyn R. Miller, MD, Interim Division Chief of Adolescent Medicine and Pediatric Gynecology, Nemours Children's Hospital, DelawareFeatured members of the Nemours Children's Health Black, African, and Caribbean Heritage ARG:TeNeasha Billingsley, MSN, CPNP-ACTaynika Jones, BSJane deHeer, PT, DPT, MBA, CLTLatonya QuannHost/Producer, Carol VassarThanks for tuning in today! Please visit NemoursWellBeyond.org to catch all our episodes and sign up for our monthly newsletter. You can also use the voicemail feature on the website to leave a message with your episode ideas or questions — you just might be featured on an upcoming episode of the show. Views expressed by guests do not necessarily reflect the views of the host or management. Subscribe, review or let your voice be heard at NemoursWellBeyond.org.
Ep. 60: Five DEI Questions, Five Black Healthcare Leaders (Pt. 1 of 2)
Feb 26 2024
Ep. 60: Five DEI Questions, Five Black Healthcare Leaders (Pt. 1 of 2)
February is Black History Month and, to celebrate, the Well Beyond Medicine podcast welcomed colleagues from the Nemours Children's Health Black, African and Caribbean Heritage Associate Resource Group (ARG). They posed questions about diversity, equity, and inclusion to Black physician leaders across the Nemours Children's enterprise, including:Kara Odom-Walker, MD, MPH, MSHS, Executive Vice President, Chief Population Health Officer, Nemours Children's HealthAlfred Atanda, MD, pediatric orthopedic surgeon, Surgical Director, Nemours Children's Center for Sports MedicineLonna Gordon, MD, PharmD, Division Chief of Adolescent Medicine, Nemours Children's Hospital, FloridaCedric Von Pritchett, MD, pediatric otolaryngologist, Co-Director of Nemours Children's Ear, Hearing and Communication CenterRobyn R. Miller, MD, Interim Division Chief of Adolescent Medicine and Pediatric Gynecology, Nemours Children's Hospital, DelawareFeatured members of the Nemours Children's Health Black, African, and Caribbean Heritage ARG:Danielle Davis-Evans, BSN, RNTeNeasha Billingsley, MSN, CPNP-ACTaynika Jones, BSJane deHeer, PT, DPT, MBA, CLTLatonya QuannHost/Producer, Carol Vassar  Thanks for tuning in today! Please visit NemoursWellBeyond.org to catch all our episodes and sign up for our monthly newsletter. You can also use the voicemail feature on the website to leave a message with your episode ideas or questions — you just might be featured on an upcoming episode of the show. Views expressed by guests do not necessarily reflect the views of the host or management. Subscribe, review or let your voice be heard at NemoursWellBeyond.org.
Ep. 57: Partnering on Tomorrow's Healthcare Workforce
Feb 12 2024
Ep. 57: Partnering on Tomorrow's Healthcare Workforce
When it comes to providing health services, the most precious resource of any healthcare system, hospital or provider's office is its people: those who make up the healthcare workforce. Yet the nation's expanding healthcare needs are outstripping the workforce size, creating a severe shortage of employees at all levels.While there is no single solution to the healthcare workforce crisis, a unique partnership pairs Nemours Children's Health with the state's vocational-technical high schools to train high schoolers for healthcare careers. Guests:Yvette Santiago, Director, Community Engagement, Nemours Children's Health, Delaware ValleyMargaret LaFashia, DNP, Director of Workforce Partnership Development, Nemours Children's Health, Delaware ValleyKyle Hill, EdD, Principal, Howard High School of Technology of the New Castle County Vocational-Technical School District, Wilmington, Delaware Deanna Lee, Certified Clinical Medical Assistant, Nemours Children's Hospital, Delaware, and student, Howard High School of TechnologyHost/Producer: Carol VassarThanks for tuning in today! Please visit NemoursWellBeyond.org to catch all our episodes and sign up for our monthly newsletter. You can also use the voicemail feature on the website to leave a message with your episode ideas or questions — you just might be featured on an upcoming episode of the show. Views expressed by guests do not necessarily reflect the views of the host or management. Subscribe, review or let your voice be heard at NemoursWellBeyond.org.
Ep. 54: Heart of the Matter with Experts From Nemours Children's Cardiac Center
Jan 29 2024
Ep. 54: Heart of the Matter with Experts From Nemours Children's Cardiac Center
SEGMENT 1:  As children with congenital heart disease (CHD) become adults with adult congenital heart disease (ACHD), they continue to require specialized care and will need that care and monitoring for life. Find out why this is an important — and growing — area of specialty care. SEGMENT 2:  It takes hours of preparation, planning and education by a multidisciplinary team before a high-risk pediatric cardiology patient can leave the walls of a hospital and head for home. Identifying risk factors and mitigating them at the point of discharge is key! Since 2019, the Supervised Family Care Program at the Nemours Children's Cardiac Center has been utilized to ensure the safe discharge of high-risk cardiac patients.Guests:Devyani Chowdhury, MD, MHA, Cardiologist, Medical Director, Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program, Nemours Children’s Cardiac Center, DelawareDeepika Thacker, MD, Pediatric Cardiologist, Medical Director, Cardiac Inpatient Unit, Nemours Children’s Cardiac Center, DelawareDana Zingo, RN, Specialty Nurse, Nemours Children’s Cardiac Center, Delaware Host/Producer: Carol VassarThanks for tuning in today! Please visit NemoursWellBeyond.org to catch all our episodes and sign up for our monthly newsletter. You can also use the voicemail feature on the website to leave a message with your episode ideas or questions — you just might be featured on an upcoming episode of the show. Views expressed by guests do not necessarily reflect the views of the host or management. Subscribe, review or let your voice be heard at NemoursWellBeyond.org.
Ep. 53: Hot Topics in Neonatology (Part 4) Babies in Crisis: Understanding Neonatal Abstinence
Jan 25 2024
Ep. 53: Hot Topics in Neonatology (Part 4) Babies in Crisis: Understanding Neonatal Abstinence
In the final episode of our four-part series “Hot Topics in Neonatology” we explore neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS), a byproduct of prenatal drug exposure — one of the fastest growing public health problems in the world. In the U.S., the most recent data from the CDC indicate that the number of pregnant people with opioid-related diagnoses documented at delivery increased by 131% from 2010 to 2017. The implications for their babies include preterm birth, still birth, birth defects and neonatal abstinence syndrome, or NAS. SEGMENT 1: We talk with Dr. Ju-Lee Oei from the Royal Hospital for Women in Sydney, Australia, who provides an overview NAS — what it is, how it's diagnosed and how it's treated.SEGMENT 2: Andre Sukta, a research and development projects manager at the United States Drug Testing Laboratories in Chicago, joins us to talk about the recent history of newborn toxicology screening.Carol Vassar, producer/hostExplore the Full Series: Part 1, Episode 50 The NICU View: Mom & BabyPart 2, Episode 51 Fluid Dynamics: What's New in Treating EPRA Part 3, Episode 52 Fragile Beginnings: Exploring NEC in Newborns Thanks for tuning in today! Please visit NemoursWellBeyond.org to catch all our episodes and sign up for our monthly newsletter. You can also use the voicemail feature on the website to leave a message with your episode ideas or questions — you just might be featured on an upcoming episode of the show. Views expressed by guests do not necessarily reflect the views of the host or management. Subscribe, review or let your voice be heard at NemoursWellBeyond.org.
Ep. 52: Hot Topics in Neonatology (Part 3) Fragile Beginnings: Exploring Necrotizing Enterocolitis in Newborns
Jan 24 2024
Ep. 52: Hot Topics in Neonatology (Part 3) Fragile Beginnings: Exploring Necrotizing Enterocolitis in Newborns
In the third of our four-part series “Hot Topics in Neonatology” we talk with health care providers who are on the frontlines working to prevent adverse outcomes and improve the quality of care for the most vulnerable babies. SEGMENT 1: Necrotizing enterocolitis  (NEC) is the most common and serious intestinal disease among premature babies. It’s so dire that preventing it has become the life’s work of many who treat pre-term babies, including Dr. Sheila Gephart with the University of Arizona College of Nursing in Tucson. Dr. Gephart and her team have created an NEC prevention protocol bundle that is showing promising outcomes, and she’s using a telementoring tool called Project ECHO to  “force multiply”  implementation and training around the protocol bundle to make large-scale change easier to accomplish at NICU level. SEGMENT 2: Continued quality improvement (QI) is a high priority for every health care system at every level of care — and our nation’s NICUs are no exception. When working with the smallest of babies in the most precarious of medical situations, the principles of high reliability, the reliance upon evidenced-based protocols and practices, the ability to sustain success and to learn from failures are absolute necessities. Neonatologist Dr. Hannah Fischer is Director of Quality Improvement and Safety for the Division of Neonatal Medicine at Norton Children’s Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky sits down with us to discuss her philosophy of NICU QI, bringing QI to NICUs across her state, and the quality measures that are critical in the first 60 minutes of the life of of a premature newborn — the so-called "Golden Hour". Guests:Sheila Gephart, PhD, RN, FAAN, Professor and Interim Chair, Division of Biobehavioral Health Sciences, University of Arizona, College of Nursing  Hannah Fischer, MD, Associate Professor, Division of Neonatology at the University of Louisville  Producer/Host: Carol VassarFull Series: Part 1, Episode 50The NICU View: Mom & BabyPart 2, Episode 51Fluid Dynamics: What's New in Treating EPRA  Part 4, Episode 53 Babies in Crisis: Understanding Neonatal Abstinence Thanks for tuning in today! Please visit NemoursWellBeyond.org to catch all our episodes and sign up for our monthly newsletter. You can also use the voicemail feature on the website to leave a message with your episode ideas or questions — you just might be featured on an upcoming episode of the show. Views expressed by guests do not necessarily reflect the views of the host or management. Subscribe, review or let your voice be heard at NemoursWellBeyond.org.
Ep. 51: Hot Topics in Neonatology (Part 2) Fluid Dynamics: What's New in Treating Early Pregnancy Renal Anhydramnios
Jan 23 2024
Ep. 51: Hot Topics in Neonatology (Part 2) Fluid Dynamics: What's New in Treating Early Pregnancy Renal Anhydramnios
We continue our four-part series “Hot Topics in Neonatology” with Part 2 that explores the latest in neonatology-related research and education with experts from across the United States.SEGMENT 1: Amniotic fluid is the liquid that surrounds a baby during pregnancy, and it plays a key role in the development of the fetus. According to the March of Dimes, in the early weeks of pregnancy, the amniotic fluid is mostly water that comes from mom. After about 20 weeks, the baby’s urine makes up most of the amniotic fluid. There are instances, however, when there is fetal kidney disease. That means no urine, and no amniotic fluid. That is known as Early Pregnancy Renal Anhydramnios (EPRA), which is almost universally fatal. However, there is a new trial taking place in the U.S. — the RAFT Trial — which provides amniotic fluid replacement. Here to talk about this promising new development is Dr. Jena Miller, who serves as an assistant professor at the Johns Hopkins Center for Fetal Therapy in Baltimore. SEGMENT 2: According to the NIH, medical simulation allows the acquisition of clinical and non-clinical skills for use in a health care setting through deliberate practice. In simulation, trainees can make mistakes and learn from them without the fear of harming any patients. Dr. Rachel Umoren is a Neonatologist at the University of Washington and Seattle Children’s Hospital where she is the Director of the Neonatal Education and Simulation-Based Training Program. Her research focuses on improving neonatal outcomes globally through simulation-based education, and our wide-ranging conversation includes her work using a Smart-phone-based virtual simulation app to bring training to underresourced areas here and abroad. Guests:Jena Miller, MD, Assistant Professor, John Hopkins Center for Fetal Therapy Rachel Umoren, MD, MS, Director, Neonatal Education and Simulation-Based Training Program, Seattle Children’s Hospital Host/Producer: Carol VassarFull Series: Part 1, Episode 50The NICU View: Mom & Baby Part 3, Episode 52Fragile Beginnings: Exploring NEC in Newborns Part 4, Episode 53 Babies in Crisis: Understanding Neonatal Abstinence Thanks for tuning in today! Please visit NemoursWellBeyond.org to catch all our episodes and sign up for our monthly newsletter. You can also use the voicemail feature on the website to leave a message with your episode ideas or questions — you just might be featured on an upcoming episode of the show. Views expressed by guests do not necessarily reflect the views of the host or management. Subscribe, review or let your voice be heard at NemoursWellBeyond.org.