HealthConnections

Tuesdays during Morning Edition and All Things Considered

The brainchild of University of Tennessee professor Dr. Carole Myers, HealthConnections brings the often-abstract world of health care, coverage and policy to a human level. What is access? How do marketplaces work? What's the future of health insurance? In this biweekly series, Dr. Myers and WUOT's Chrissy Keuper sort through these issues and more, all to give you a toolbox for understanding what you hear on the news, or to separate fact from fiction in the health care debate.

Support for HealthConnections is provided by PYA.   
PYA underwrites HealthConnections, but the segment’s topics and guests are selected with editorial independence by Dr. Carole Myers and WUOT’s Chrissy Keuper.

WUOT’s Chrissy Keuper and Dr. Carole Myers of the University of Tennessee College of Nursing catch up on a couple of health matters that have gone by the wayside during the pandemic:

Cancer screenings and dental care.  

 

Dr. Carol Myers spoke with Zack Buck of the University of Tennessee College of Law, who specializes in health law.  His scholarship examines the enforcement of laws that affect health and health care in the United States.

We all have patterns of what's called Distorted Thinking. Dr. Carole Myers of the University of Tennessee College of Nursing spoke with Melanie McGhee, Licenced Clinical Social Worker and founder of Acceptance and Integration Training

The National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine recently released a report titled The Future of Nursing 2020-2030: Charting a Path to Achieve Health Equity

WUOT's Chrissy Keuper and Dr. Carole Myers of the University of Tennessee College of Nursing  discussed why the report is important beyond the nursing profession.

The Delta variant of the COVID virus currently makes up about 83% of all cases of COVID in the United States and case counts continue to rise. Dr. Carole Myers, Professor in the University of Tennessee College of Nursing speaks with Dr. Mark Rasnake, board-certified infectious disease specialist and epidemiologist with University of Tennessee Medical Center, to help us understand what is going on with the Delta variant and the implications of the current situation.  

Tennessee's rural healthcare system is crumbling, due to the closure of rural hospitals and a lack of primary care in rural areas. Dr. Carole Myers of the University of Tennessee College of Nursing speaks with Tennessee State Senator Dr. Richard Briggs about how the lack of rural healthcare isn't just a healthcare issue.

On June 17, 2021, the Supreme Court of the United States rejected another constitutional challenge to the Affordable Care Act, also known as the ACA or Obamacare. 

In this edition of HealthConnections, Dr. Carole Myers, a professor in the University of Tennessee College of Nursing, and WUOT's Claire Heddles sort-out what the ruling means for Tennesseans, take a look at Republican attempts to repeal and replace the ACA, and consider the future of the Affordable Care Act.

It is estimated that unhealthy air kills more than 200,000 people each year in the U.S. Worldwide, more than 6,000,000 people die prematurely each year because of air pollution. Bad air also contributes to millions of hospitalizations for Americans annually and contributes to a variety of health problems. WUOT's Chrissy Keuper speaks with Dr. Carole Myers of the University of Tennessee College of Nursing. 

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Over the last year, everyone has spent more time on screens. But Dr. Carole Myers of the University of Tennessee School of Nursing is particularly concerned about the effects of screen time on children. She discusses it with WUOT's Chrissy Keuper. 

HealthConnections: Getting Back to Cancer Screenings

May 4, 2021

Last year, the COVID pandemic caused hospitals to suspend many elective procedures and virus-wary patients were less likely to go to medical centers for routine care. As a result, routine cancer screenings dropped precipitously. Now, as the pandemic becomes more manageable, Michael Holtz says it's time to re-schedule those missed screenings.

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