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Off the Charts: Examining the Health Equity Emergency

A health equity podcast that gets to the point

We’re proud to present Off the Charts: Examining the Health Equity Emergency. This diversity and inclusion podcast asks candid questions about what equity means for health care. Join hosts Kari Haley, MD, and Steven Jackson, MD – plus leading guest experts – as they:

  • Dig into social determinants of health
  • Examine the past, present and future impact of disparities within health care
  • Talk about ways to help yourself, friends and neighbors take action, create change and find better health

Through open dialogue and conversations, we’re helping expand the definition of healthy communities.

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Historically, there hasn’t been a lot of diversity in firefighting and emergency medical services. Seeing is believing, and two graduates of the St. Paul Fire Department’s EMS Academy Pathways program, which provides tuition-free emergency medical technician certification, share the impact representation has had on them.

Josh Garubanda, a firefighter-paramedic, and Nela Kurtic, a paramedic, discuss cultural barriers, the challenges of cultural nuances, navigating differences with their peers, and connecting with the communities they serve.

Childhood immunization schedules are designed for children’s young immune systems, helping to protect them from preventable diseases as early and as safely as possible. That’s why it’s so important to stay on schedule – even during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Andrea Singh, MD, department chair of pediatrics at Park Nicollet and co-lead of the Children’s Health Initiative, discusses disparities in childhood vaccination rates and how critical vaccines are for helping keep kids healthy. Dr. Singh also shares her lifelong passion for teaching and helping people learn, and her experience as a parent and how it relates to building trust with patients and their families.

Kari Haley, MD, is an emergency medicine doctor at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, Minnesota. She’s also an assistant medical director for Regions EMS. A strong advocate for diversity and inclusion, Dr. Haley believes better health care for everyone is only possible when all patients see themselves represented, heard and affirmed.

Steven Jackson, MD, is a physical medicine and rehabilitation doctor – and the medical director of patient experience – at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, Minnesota. Committed to ensuring every patient receives the care they need, Dr. Jackson believes cultural humility and a shared curiosity about our differences are key to building stronger communities.

More about equity, inclusion and anti-racism at HealthPartners

Being welcome, included and valued is a basic human need and essential to health and well-being. It’s why eliminating inequities is key to building healthy communities.