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A Shot in the Arm Podcast with Ben Plumley

A Shot in the Arm Podcast with Ben Plumley

A podcast about exploring innovation and equity in global health

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Ukraine – The Frontlines of War & a Public Health Crisis

In the first of a short series of special podcasts, we “Share The Mic” with Frontline AIDS to highlight the critical role communities themselves have to play in defeating AIDS and other pandemics. We head to Ukraine, and learn more about how Frontline AIDS’ national partner, the Alliance for Public Health is delivering HIV medications and health services, despite desperately difficult circumstances, to people in need. And we dig deep into how global funding for the global response to AIDS is being squeezed by both the radical disruption of the global security order precipitated by the war, and the global COVID-19 pandemic.  For more information about how you can help the Alliance for Public Health save lives in Ukraine visit  https://frontlineaids.org/donate Joining host, Ben Plumley, are panelists Christine Stegling, Executive Director, Frontline AIDS Pavlo Smyrnov, Deputy Executive Director, Alliance for Public Health, Ukraine Elisha Dunn-Georgiou, President and CEO, Global Health Council Directed by Erik Espera, and our digital producer is Troy Espera. The Frontline AIDS production team are Fionnuala Murphy, Will Harris and Allie Liu.   https://frontlineaids.org https://aph.org.ua/en/about-alliance https://globalhealth.org #StandWithUkraine #WARINUKRAINE #Ukraine #war #AIDS #HIV #TB #Malaria #harmreduction #humanrights #communities #GlobalFund #GlobalHealth #PandemicsResponses #COVID
May 11, 2022

Medicine & Humanity: A Profile of Dr Julie Gerbeding

In this episode we meet internationally renowned infectious disease specialist, Dr Julie Gerbeding, and profile her life from young HIV doc in San Francisco, to the head of the CDC, and onto the pharmaceutical company Merck, where she most recently Chief Patient Officer. Another new chapter of her life begins as she was recently announced as the new CEO of the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health.  This episode was made in partnership with the Bay Area Global Health Alliance, a network of academic institutions, nonprofits, and innovative tech, biotech and pharmaceutical companies -- all committed to advancing global health equity and #innovation. You can find this episode and past episodes of A Shot in the Arm Podcast with Ben Plumley on this (and other) podcast platforms. Please subscribe and give us 5 stars! For more information: https://www.bayareaglobalhealth.org  https://www.merck.com https://www.cdc.gov https://bayareaglobalhealth.org/alliance-for-advancing-health-online https://www.fnih.org/ #BayAreaGlobalHealth #ShotArmPodcast #Merck #NIH #CDC #FNIH #HIV #COVID-19 #HPV #therapeutics #Vaccines #Vaccinequity #Vaccineconfidence #pandemicspreparation #publicprivatepartnerships #Healthcareworkers #healthcareforthehomeless #accesstomedicines
March 30, 2022

California Healin’ – with California Health Care Foundation’s Sandra R. Hernández, MD

In California, the public sector accounts for 75% of the state’s healthcare funding - with a wide diversity of needs, priories, cultures and access to healthcare. In this episode, we meet Sandra R. Hernández, MD, President and CEO of the California Health Care Foundation to explore innovations in healthcare delivery to expand access for all, particularly low income and marginalized communities - a model for the rest of the country? A Shot In The Arm Podcast is a member of the Health Podcast Network and is a project of the Ikana Health Action Lab.  Learn more about Sandra Hernandez MD: https://www.chcf.org/person/sandra-r-hernandez For more information about the California Health Care Foundation: https://www.chcf.org For more information visit: https://www.coveredca.com https://www.dhcs.ca.gov https://sfcommunityhealth.org https://nam.edu https://www.ashotinthearmpodcast.com https://healthpodcastnetwork.com/ https://www.ikanahealth.com/ #SandraHernandez #CHCF #CHCFHealthPoll #healthequity #inclusion #undocumented #FQHCs #CoveredCalifornia #MediCal #CalAIM #StateHealthPolicy #HIV #mentalhealth #COVID19
March 14, 2022

Jonna Mazet tackles big, wicked problems armed with lessons from COVID-19

Internationally respected epidemiologist Jonna Mazet returns to A Shot in the Arm Podcast after being recently appointed Vice Provost of the Grand Challenges initiative at University of California, Davis —  a program aimed at responding to the world’s biggest problems. She joins Ben to discuss the need for a multidisciplinary approach to building trust in science, as well as the biggest lessons scientists have learned from the two-year battle against COVID-19.This episode was made in partnership with the Bay Area Global Health Alliance, a network of academic institutions, nonprofits, and innovative tech, biotech and pharmaceutical companies -- all committed to advancing global health equity and #innovation.You can find this episode and past episodes of A Shot in the Arm Podcast with Ben Plumley on this (and other) podcast platforms. Please subscribe and give us 5 stars!Learn more about Prof. Jonna Mazet:https://ohi.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/people/jonna-mazetFor more information about UC Davis Grand Challenges:https://research.ucdavis.edu/research/gc/For more information, please visit:https://www.bayareaglobalhealth.orghttps://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.htmlhttps://www.who.inthttps://www.unaids.org/enhttps://www.niaid.nih.gov/https://www.ucdavis.edu/https://www.vetmed.ucdavis.eduwww.ashotinthearmpodcast.comhttps://www.hunuvat.comhttps://newsdocmedia.com#jonnamazet #ucdavis #ucdavisgrandchallenges #omicron #onehealth #publichealth #trustinscience #COVID19 #coronavirus #epidemiology #multidisciplaryapproaches 
December 21, 2021

Hazell Dean’s Hi-NRG Hits Turn Activism into Love

Hazell Dean rose to Hi-NRG fame across the UK at the dawn of the global HIV/AIDS crisis in the 1980s, embraced by loyal LGBTQ fans as a dance-pop queen whose hits fueled nightclub beats and her personal advocacy for people living with HIV/AIDS and the transgender community. In our special World AIDS Day episode, Hazell speaks with host Ben Plumley about her career, the re-release of her greatest hits, and her love for the queer community.This episode was made in partnership with the Bay Area Global Health Alliance, a network of academic institutions, nonprofits, and innovative tech, biotech and pharmaceutical companies -- all committed to advancing global health equity and #innovation.You can find this episode and past episodes of A Shot in the Arm Podcast with Ben Plumley on this (and other) podcast platforms. Please subscribe and give us 5 stars!Hazell Dean - Turn it into Love, Top of the Popshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PVKptqBEFXMDownload Hazell Dean’s The Dean & Ware Collections Vol. 1 and Vol. 2:smarturl.it/DeanWareVol1smarturl.it/DeanWareVol2Ben’s Mega Hazell Dean Playlist on Spotifyhttps://open.spotify.com/playlist/2oVe60nfRlcniwybl0kfVA?si=IdP5Qc2DSRqZ8FmXZErvMADiscover Hazell Dean’s music on Spotify:https://open.spotify.com/artist/5HP4SpcujgIKC6tHBwfy42?si=bANX6HqvQUW7upPaW0M2YwFollow Hazell Dean on Twitter @HazellHDFor more information, please visit:https://hazelldean.net/bio/https://www.bayareaglobalhealth.orghttps://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.htmlhttps://www.who.inthttps://www.unaids.org/enhttps://www.niaid.nih.gov/https://coronavirus.health.ny.govhttps://www.ashotinthearmpodcast.comhttps://www.hunuvat.comhttps://newsdocmedia.com#HazellDean #turnitintolove #hiNRG #dancepop #HIVAIDSadvocacy #1980s #transgenderrights #LGBTQally #RetiredAndFabulous #NoHomeForHateHere #ashotinthearmpodcast #ashotinthearm #podcasts #humanrights #BBCRadio2 #BBCR2 @BBCRadio2
December 8, 2021

Martina Clark: UNAIDS’ First Openly HIV+ Staffer Publishes New Memoir

Former UNAIDS staffer Martina Clark chats with Ben about her new memoir, My Unexpected Life: An International Memoir of Two Pandemics, HIV and COVID-19. The first openly HIV-positive person hired to work at UNAIDS, she shares insights gained throughout her 20-year career with the United Nations and the lessons she has applied to her own personal fight against COVID-19. This episode was made in partnership with the Bay Area Global Health Alliance, a network of academic institutions, nonprofits, and innovative tech, biotech and pharmaceutical companies -- all committed to advancing global health equity and #innovation. You can find this episode and past episodes of A Shot in the Arm Podcast with Ben Plumley on this (and other) podcast platforms. Please subscribe and give us 5 stars! Get your copy of My Unexpected Life at:https://martina-clark.com/buy-my-book Learn more about Martina Clark:https://martina-clark.com Follow on Martina Clark on FB/IG/TikTok: @MartinaClarkWriter and Twitter: @MartinaClarkPen For more information, please visit:https://northampton-house.comhttps://www.bayareaglobalhealth.orghttps://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.htmlhttps://www.who.inthttps://www.unaids.org/enhttps://www.niaid.nih.govhttps://coronavirus.health.ny.govhttps://www.ashotinthearmpodcast.comhttps://www.hunuvat.comhttps://newsdocmedia.com #UNAIDS #HIVpositive #martinaclark #myunexpectedlife #ashotinthearmpodcast #ashotinthearm #podcasts #humanrights 
December 1, 2021

A Shot in the Arm Podcast with Ben Plumley

Advances in healthcare for the many, not the few? How to rebuild trust between clinical science and the general public? Global Health strategist Ben Plumley meets experts from around the world to explore the pressing issues in global health innovation and equity, from biotechnology, to access to medicines, communications, and the decolonization of public health.
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Ben Plumley

Ben Plumley

Ben is an internationally recognized global health strategist and advocate, with over 25 years’ experience in the UN, private and non-profit sectors. Now based in California, Ben’s unique strength is in mobilizing stakeholders to create impactful public private partnerships in global health.

Ben is Head of Engagement, Partnerships and Impact at Ikana Health Action Lab, and a Senior Fellow at the Global Health Reporting Center.

Ben is an internationally respected podcaster, and host of A Shot In The Arm Podcast, a cutting-edge video podcast about innovation and equity in global health – particularly in the age of pandemics. Guests have included Dr Anthony Fauci, Congresswoman Barbara Lee and Professor Heidi Larson. Ben’s other podcasts include Business Fights AIDS, a behind the scenes look at his collaboration with the late Ambassador Richard Holbrooke to mobilize the business response to AIDS, and Vax Up – a video podcast designed for vaccine implementers on how social technologies can be used to promote vaccine confidence.

Between 2010 and 2018, he was the CEO of the Global Health Technical Assistance and Policy Think Tank, the Pangaea Global AIDS Foundation. As well as non-profits, he has extensive public and private sector experience, having been Vice President of Access at Johnson & Johnson, Chief of Staff to Dr Peter Piot, the founding Executive Director of UNAIDS, and a public consultation policy adviser at the UK Human Fertilization and Embryology Authority.

Ben is Chair of the MTV Staying Alive Foundation, producer of the award-winning MTV Shuga terrestrial and digital soap operas, promoting young people’s sexual and reproductive health across Southern Africa and India.

He is also the incoming Chair of the San Francisco Community Health Center, a national center of excellence which provides ground-breaking comprehensive health and wellness services for hard-to-reach homeless, trans and drug-using communities in San Francisco’s tenderloin district. Ben was educated at Churchill College, Cambridge University in the United Kingdom.

Ben's other interests include the literature (and particularly the essays) of Aldous Huxley (perhaps the greatest essayist of the 20th century), as well as the genre of speculative fiction - particularly Margaret Atwood (definitely the best English-language writer of our era). And, to the alarm of many of his friends, he is passionate about British, German and Japanese electronic pop music, particularly the Pet Shop Boys, Rosenstolz and Kirinji.

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