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HealthConnections
Every Other Tuesday during Morning Edition and All Things Considered

The brainchild of University of Tennessee Nursing professor emerita Dr. Carole R. Myers, HealthConnections examines the intersections between people, health, and policy.

What constitutes health? What does it mean to have or lack access to healthcare services? What are our most vexing health and healthcare challenges and how are they influenced by public policies?

In this biweekly series, Dr. Myers and her guests sort through these issues and more, giving you tools for understanding what you hear on the news and for separating fact from fiction in the healthcare debate.

If you have questions, comments or topic suggestions, reach out to Dr. Myers via email.

  • In this episode Dr. Carole R. Myers and Martin Vargas, Executive Director of St. Mary’s Legacy Clinic discuss access to health care services and health challenges faced by rural Tennesseans, alternative ways of providing care to underserved communities, and recommendations for improving access to health care services, and closing the gap on relatively poor health outcomes.
  • Gun violence is a wicked problem. Wicked problems are difficult, maybe impossible, to solve. This is because wicked problems are complex, dynamic, and generally symptoms of other problems. Wicked problems are characterized by different stakeholders representing radically different perspectives and wicked problems are dynamic, not stable or static. In this episode Dr. Carole R. Myers and Dr. Katrina Green, a board-certified emergency physician, discuss approaches to addressing gun violence.
  • This week on HealthConnections is the second part to the conversation with Senator Dr. Richard Briggs. Dr. Carole Myers, a professor emeritus in the University of Tennessee College of Nursing, talks with state senator and physician, Dr. Richard Briggs, about Juul settlement funds and disparities in rural healthcare assess.
  • This week on HealthConnections, a look at issues that may arise during the next Tennessee General Assembly. Dr. Carole Myers, a professor emeritus in the University of Tennessee College of Nursing, talks with state senator and physician, Dr. Richard Briggs, about Medicaid expansion, gun control and mental health. Today's episode is part 1 of the conversation.
  • Dr. Carole Myers, a professor emeritus in the University of Tennessee College of Nursing, talks to Mandy Spears, deputy director of the Sycamore Institute, an independent, nonpartisan public policy research center for Tennessee, about information around the increase of suicide rates and poor mental health among children and teens.
  • Other than skin cancer, breast cancer is the leading cancer among women in the United States. Breast cancer accounts for 30% of all female cancers. Dr. Carole Myers, a professor emeritus in the University of Tennessee College of Nursing, talks with Dr. John Bell, the director of the University of Tennessee Medical Center of Cancer Institute, to profile breast cancer in women in the United States and to help with better understanding trends in the occurrence of the disease and treatment.
  • This week on HealthConnections discusses World Antimicrobial Awareness Week, held from November 18 through 24, with this year’s focus on preventing antimicrobial drug resistance, or AMR. Dr. Carole Myers, a professor emeritus in the University of Tennessee College of Nursing, talks with Dean David White, the interim dean for the University of Tennessee Herbert College of Agriculture.
  • This episode of HealthConnections focuses on the sport of pickleball. Dr. Carole Myers, a professor emeritus in the University of Tennessee College of Nursing, talks with Elaine Culbert of Oak Ridge about how to play, the history of pickleball, and some safety statistics. Is the hype about the international phenomenon of Pickleball backed-up by tangible benefits? What are the health connections?
  • This episode of HealthConnections centers on diseases that are transmitted from infected ticks to humans and the various types of ticks in Tennessee and how to protect oneself from ticks. Dr. Carole Myers, a professor emeritus in the University of Tennessee College of Nursing, talks with Dr Becky Trout Fryxell, an entomologist at the University of Tennessee Herbert College of Agriculture, whose specialty is improving human and animal health by understanding and managing insects that carry diseases, including ticks, mosquitoes and flies.
  • This episode of HealthConnections discusses vaccines to help prevent another triple pandemic as the winter approaches and thus the rise of influenza, COVID-19 and RSV. Dr. Carole Myers, a professor emeritus in the University of Tennessee College of Nursing, talks with Dr. Megan Edwards, a public health officer of the Knox County Health Department.