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Courage in the Dark: Understanding Intimate Partner Violence, Part 2

Content Disclaimer: This episode contains discussions about intimate partner violence that some listeners may find disturbing or difficult to hear. This episode marks the second part of our two-part series on intimate partner violence (IPV). In our previous episode, we heard from Kalena Brown, an IPV survivor who shared her journey of overcoming immense challenges and using her voice to educate and support others. In this episode, we dive deeper into the topic with Lizz Tooher, RN, MPH and Mac Taylor, who reference Kalena's story as they discuss IPV in Philadelphia and beyond. Lizz Tooher is a public health nurse and the Senior Director of Child Health and Education at the National Nurse-Led Care Consortium (NNCC), working closely with families raising children under five years old. Mac Taylor is a Paralegal with the Health Education and Legal Assistance Project (HELP MLP) at Widener University, collaborating with NNCC to support families enrolled in home visiting programs across Philadelphia. Home visitors, like those in the Mabel Morris Family Home Visit program, play a crucial role in screening for IPV and providing support to survivors. It's essential to recognize that IPV extends beyond physical violence, impacting survivors psychologically, emotionally, and financially. Lizz and Mac share their insights into the challenges faced by survivors, the importance of building trust and community connections, and the systemic barriers to accessing resources. Through their discussion, they shed light on the complexities of IPV and advocate for improved support systems. Join us as we explore the multifaceted nature of intimate partner violence and the role of healthcare providers and communities in addressing this critical issue.
June 10, 2024

Courage in the Dark: Understanding Intimate Partner Violence, Part 1

Content Disclaimer: This episode contains discussions about intimate partner violence that some listeners may find disturbing or difficult to hear. In this episode, we begin a powerful two-part series on intimate partner violence (IPV). In Part 1, Kalena Brown, an IPV survivor shares her story of overcoming immense challenges including physical and psychological trauma, systemic failures, and societal stigma. Kalena recounts her harrowing journey through custody battles, abuse, and the emotional aftermath of IPV. She reveals the persistent institutional problems survivors face and her efforts to advocate for change within the healthcare and judicial systems. Her story is a testament to resilience and the importance of reclaiming one's voice. Join us as we delve into Kalena's story, shedding light on the often-hidden aspects of IPV and exploring how healthcare providers and society can better support survivors. As we bring you this episode in May, which is Mental Health Awareness Month, it's crucial to recognize that IPV manifests in various forms beyond physical violence, including psychological, emotional, and financial abuse.
May 30, 2024

Empowered Voices: Advocating for Black Maternal Health Equity

In this compelling podcast episode, we are joined by guest Shukriyyah Mitchell Hinton, BSN, RN, the Senior Director of Outreach and Advocacy from the National Nurse-Led Care Consortium (NNCC) who leads a poignant conversation with Saleemah McNeil, CLC, MS, MFT, and Imani Davis. Together, they delve into the systemic challenges facing Black maternal health in Philadelphia and beyond. From personal experiences to community initiatives, they explore the multifaceted efforts to address disparities through advocacy, education, and support. As they navigate through discussions on mental health, home visiting programs, and legislative advocacy, they bring light to the ongoing struggles for maternal health equity. Imani Davis is a lived experience expert and community specialist for organizations including Strategy Arts and Community Action Network (CAN). Saleemah McNeil is a reproductive psychotherapist and founder of the Oshun Family Center in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania. This episode coincides with Black Maternal Health Week. To learn more about virtual and in-person events scheduled in Philadelphia, please visit bmhwphilly.org for more information. 
April 11, 2024

Harm Reduction in the Context of Interactions with Law Enforcement – Part 2

Our partners at Obscured captured the insights of our distinguished panelists in two parts, each shedding light on the diverse facets of harm reduction and effective strategies for addressing trauma resulting from interactions with law enforcement. If you have not listened to Part 1, we recommend starting with that episode. Listen here! Continuing the dialogue in the second part of the panel discussion are moderators Stephanie Marudas from Kouvenda Media and Namaijah Faison, MPH from the Pennsylvania Action Coalition. Joining them is Talitha Smith, BSN, RN, a nurse navigator with the Allegheny Health Network’s Center for Inclusion Health Clinic, RIvER (Rethinking Incarceration and Empowering Recovery). Following Talitha, we delve into the experiences of Chad Bruckner, a retired police detective who now owns and oversees a private investigator firm, Intercounty Investigations & Solutions, Inc. and is a coach and recovery specialist. Wrapping up the discussion is Laurie A. Corbin, MSS, MLSP, who is the Managing Director for Community Engagement at Public Health Management Corporation (PHMC). She oversees a range of programs that provide social services, prevention, intervention, treatment, and education to at-risk individuals and their families.
January 29, 2024

Harm Reduction in the Context of Interactions with Law Enforcement – Part 1

In a special collaboration, the Pennsylvania Action Coalition joined forces with Kouvenda Media’s Obscured Journalism Initiative last year to host a thought-provoking panel discussion on law enforcement interactions within the community and the implementation of a harm reduction care model. Our partners at Obscured captured the insights of our distinguished panelists in two parts, each shedding light on the diverse facets of harm reduction and effective strategies for addressing trauma resulting from interactions with law enforcement. In this episode, we hear from Talitha Smith, a nurse navigator with the Allegheny Health Network’s Center for Inclusion Health Clinic, RIvER (Rethinking Incarceration and Empowering Recovery). Talitha shares her insights about harm reduction and her passion for RIvER’s unique programming, which rapidly, effectively, and compassionately addresses the health needs of individuals post-release from incarceration.  Following Talitha's insights, we delve into the experiences of Chad Bruckner, a retired police detective who now owns and oversees a private investigator firm and is a coach and recovery specialist. Closing the discussion is Laurie A. Corbin who is the Managing Director for Community Engagement at Public Health Management Corporation (PHMC). She oversees a range of programs that provide social services, prevention, intervention, treatment, and education to at-risk individuals and their families.
January 22, 2024

In Our Own Voices: The Lived Experience of Women in Sex Work

In this episode, we speak with Kim Trout, PhD, RN, CNM, FACNM, FAAN and Saumya Ayyagari, MSN, MPH about nurse-led research on the lived experiences of sex workers who identify as women and their healthcare needs. We also hear insights from Blue Laurano, a harm reduction professional and MPH candidate at Temple University. Trout and Ayyagari are two of the three researchers on the study, “In Our Own Voices: The Lived Experience of Sex Workers in Philadelphia who Identify as Women.” This study aimed to begin filling the gaps in our knowledge concerning how the lived experience of being a woman (i.e., a cisgender or transgender woman) sex worker affects her health, health preferences, health needs, and health care utilization.  Saumya Ayyagari is the Nursing Workforce Development Manager for the Pennsylvania Action Coalition. Prior to this, her nursing career focused on reproductive health and parental and child health. She is passionate about expanding access to health care in a manner that is empowering to communities. Dr. Trout is an Associate Professor at the M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing at Villanova University where she conducts research on health promotion, health equity, and maternal morbidity reduction through nursing and midwifery care. Blue Laurano has worked in harm reduction for more than seven years. They are deeply committed to uplifting the voices of persons who use substances & educating people about the benefits of utilizing harm reduction in all spaces. They are currently pursuing a Masters in Public Health at Temple University. Trout and Ayyagari hope their findings will inform health care and public health professionals about how to improve health care services for sex workers who identify as women. Read their published research article here: In Our Own Voices: The Lived Experience of Sex Workers in Philadelphia who Identify as Women
May 1, 2023

Vaccine Education Strategies for the Long Haul

In this episode, we are closing out our special vaccine confidence coverage with Letha Joseph, DNP, APRN, AGPCNP-BC and Adeline Kline, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC, NCSN who are members of the National Nurse-Led Care Consortium’s Vaccine Confidence Advisory Committee. Kline and Joseph discuss the importance of relationship-building with community members to help promote health and wellness goals. Letha Joseph is a nurse practitioner from Durham, North Carolina. She is also the Director of the Geriatric and Extended Care Nurse Practitioner Residency program at the Durham VA Healthcare System and consulting associate at the Duke University School of Nursing. Adeline Kline is a family nurse practitioner and clinical educator for Hawai’i Keiki, which is a partnership between the University of Hawai’i Mānoa School of Nursing and the Hawai‘i Department of Education. 
April 17, 2023

What Nurses and Museums Can Learn from Each Other

Our special vaccine confidence coverage continues as we discuss the latest vaccine confidence trends and lessons learned as we enter the third year of the COVID-19 public health emergency. In this episode, we speak to Monica J. Harmon, MSN, MPH, RN and Jayatri Das, Ph.D. about the role that non-traditional health settings and partnerships have played in recent years to promote vaccine confidence.   Harmon and Das have been involved in educational and public health outreach within the community since the beginning of the pandemic. Jayatri Das is the Chief Bioscientist at the Franklin Institute, a science museum in Philadelphia that leads education programming and research efforts. She is also the Executive Producer of the Franklin Institute’s So Curious! Podcast. Das has helped oversee the Franklin Institute’s involvement with a nationwide initiative called Communities for Immunity to help educate and engage the public during the pandemic. Monica J. Harmon is a public health nurse and holds various leadership roles. At Drexel University she is the Executive Director at the College of Nursing and Health Professions (CNHP) Community Wellness HUB in addition to being an assistant clinical professor. She is also the Interim CNHP Services Director at the Stephen and Sandra Sheller 11th Street Family Health Services. Harmon serves as the Co-Chair for the Pennsylvania Action Coalition’s Nurse Diversity Council and is the chapter president of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Area Black Nurses Association (SEPABNA).
April 3, 2023
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At the Core of Care highlights the consumer experience of patients, families, and communities and the creative efforts of nurses and other partners to better meet their health and healthcare needs through diversity, leadership, and practice innovation.

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Sarah Hexem Hubbard

Sarah Hexem Hubbard

Sarah Hexem Hubbard, Esq. is the Executive Director of the National Nurse-Led Care Consortium and the Pennsylvania Action Coalition. She regularly speaks on topics related to the role of nursing in building a Culture of Health. She has published in the areas of public health law research, nurse practitioner scope of practice, and medical-legal partnership. Sarah teaches health policy at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing, and she graduated magna cum laude from Temple Law.

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