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Healing the Community: How Health Centers Can Address Community Violence

In this episode, we have a conversation with two community health professionals about the role community health centers play in addressing community violence. Cheryl Seay and Wayne Clark share how they are working to improve access to health care and reduce violence in their communities. Seay and Clark are interviewed by Jillian Bird, Director of Training and Technical Assistance at the National Nurse-Led Care Consortium to support providers working at community health centers across the country. Cheryl Seay is the Program Manager for the Center for Community Health Workers at Penn Medicine at Home and is the founder of the Jarrell Christopher Seay Love and Laughter Foundation, a nonprofit focused on addressing gun violence and community health. Wayne Clark is a Health Navigator at Roots Community Health Center, Inc. He is also the founder and executive director at Oakland Impact Center, which provides innovative counseling, mentoring, skill building, violence prevention training, and more. Support for this episode comes from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). It is part of an award totaling $550,000 with zero percentage financed with non-governmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government.
December 5, 2022

Equitable Diabetes Prevention: Keys to Success from a Pacific Islander Community

In recognition of November being National Diabetes Month, this episode is about equitable diabetes prevention services for special and vulnerable populations, specifically Pacific Islanders. We speak to Jen Lee from Atlanta, Georgia and Cecilia Sigrah from Kosrae, an island in the Federated States in Micronesia about the rollout of their Pacific Islander Diabetes Prevention Program (PI-DPP) – now entering its fifth year. Interviewed by Jillian Bird, Director of Training and Technical Assistance at the National Nurse-Led Care Consortium, Lee and Sigrah talk about PI-DPP and the outcomes of providing a tailored prevention program to the communities they serve.  Jen Lee is the Deputy Director for the Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations (AAPCHO) and Cecilia Sigrah is the Operations Manager, Coordinator and Lifestyle Coach for the Kosrae Community Health Center. Support for this episode comes from the Health Resources and Services Administration (or HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (or HHS). It is part of an award totaling $550,000 with zero percentage financed with non-governmental sources. The contents of this podcast are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government.
November 21, 2022

How Compassion and Relationships Reduce Chronic Stress

In this episode, we hear about the impact of chronic stress on personal and community health from two longtime community health professionals, Uzuri Pease-Greene and Jeneen Skinner. Interviewed by Jillian Bird, Director of Training and Technical Assistance at the National Nurse-Led Care Consortium, Pease-Greene and Skinner share their experiences working at the community level along with the lessons they have learned and the importance of trust to relationship building. Jeneen Skinner works in Camden, New Jersey and is the Senior Clinical Manager for care management initiatives for the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers and Uzuri Pease-Greene is the Executive Director of Community Awareness Resource Entity (C.A.R.E.) in San Francisco. To learn more about the issues discussed in this episode, check out a related training webinar available online: Chronic Stress, Housing, and Health: Patient Experiences and Strategies for Comprehensive Care.
November 7, 2022

How Access to Therapy Transforms New Parents’ Mental Health

This episode is part of an ongoing series about mental health integration services as part of the National Nurse-Led Care Consortium’s (NNCC's) work through the Philadelphia Nurse-Family Partnership and Mabel Morris Family Home Visiting Program. Home visiting nurses from at NNCC identified the growing demand for mental health care for clients. In response, NNCC onboarded two therapists to provide counseling directly to parents in the home visiting programs at no cost to the client. In this episode, we speak to two mothers currently receiving therapeutic services through the Joseph J. Peters Institute. Both mothers share their experience, including changes in how they view their role as a parent, learning to cope with childhood trauma, and the impact that access to therapy has made in their lives so far. *Content Warning: Child abuse is briefly discussed in this episode.
October 10, 2022

Why a Red State and a Blue State Made the Same Change to their Nursing Law

Currently, 26 states across the United States grant full practice authority for NPs, with Kansas and New York modernizing their laws most recently. In this episode, we hear more about how these two states moved towards full practice authority and what this could mean for other states, such as Pennsylvania, where reduced practice regulations exist. Joining us for this conversation are Pennsylvania State Senator Camera Bartolotta and Dr. Tay Kopanos. Topics covered include current obstacles to full practice authority and the future of primary care needs. Senator Camera Bartolotta is a Republican State Senator representing southwestern Pennsylvania’s 46th District. Dr. Tay Kopanos is a nurse practitioner and the Vice President of State Government Affairs for the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.  In case you missed it, listen to Part 1 of our special coverage with Dr. Lynn Heard, a longtime nurse practitioner who has been unable to find new collaborative agreements with a physician for two years now. Two of her patients also share their perspective with us about the change in their primary care.   To learn more about full practice authority, listen to our previous episode, The Fight for Full Practice Authority in Pennsylvania, which features various NPs who are advocating for themselves and their patients. 
June 13, 2022

At the Core of Care

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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