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HealthConnections
Every Other Tuesday 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?

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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.

  • Dr. Carole Myers of the UT College of Nursing speaks with Dr. David Bassett, UT Professor Emeritus of Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport Studies, about his studies of physical activity and energy expenditure, especially the impact of walking on body weight, blood pressure, blood lipids, and other cardiovascular risk factors, and about how many steps are enough for good health.
  • Dr. Carole Myers of the UT College of Nursing speaks with Robin Cogan, a Nationally Certified School Nurse (NCSN) currently in her 21st year as a New Jersey school nurse in the Camden City School District, and Allyson Neal, Assistant Dean in the UT College of Nursing and a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who specializes in child and adolescent mental and behavioral health.
  • Dr. Carole Myers of the UT College of Nursing speaks with Bruce Marshall of Contact Care Line about a new dedicated hotline, 988, that will launch nationwide on July 16, 2022 to link callers to experts in suicide prevention and mental health.
  • Housing is one of the best-researched social drivers of health and select housing interventions have been shown to improve health outcomes and decrease health care costs, particularly for people with low-incomes. Becky Wade, Director of Housing and Neighborhood Development for the City of Knoxville, joins Dr. Carole Myers of the UT College of Nursing.
  • Dr. Carole Myers of the UT College of Nursing speaks with Dr. Kristina Kintziger of the UT Department of Public Health about how climate change and weather affect human physical and mental health.
  • The Mental Health Association of East Tennessee recently released a report on the state of mental health in Knox County. Dr. Carole Myers of the UT College of Nursing speaks with Ben Harrington, MHAET's CEO, about mental health in Knox County and the rest of East Tennessee.
  • Libraries are sometimes called “third spaces." A third space is one that provides a level playing field, is accessible, has loose structure, and has a sense of community. As such, libraries are increasingly major players in promoting the health of communities and people. Dr. Carole Myers of the UT College of Nursing speaks with Dr. Steve Smith, UT Dean of Libraries.
  • Dr. Carole Myers of the UT College of Nursing and Dr. Marianne Wanamaker, Executive Director for the Howard H. Baker, Jr. Center for Public Policy, discuss life expectancy, which is a key measure for assessing the health of a population.
  • The U.S. health system has not fared well during the COVID-19 pandemic and even before the pandemic, there were problems. Dr. Carole Myers of the UT College of Nursing speaks with Dr. Paul Erwin, Dean of the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health, about the state of public health and some paradoxes seen in the industry.
  • Dr. Carole Myers speaks with Kinika Young of the Tennessee Justice Center about what the state's Medicaid gap means for Tennesseans.