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Heart of Equity

Helping health care professionals improve health equity efforts for Black Americans

It’s Not Your Father’s Minnesota Public Radio: Public Radio as a Tool for Equity With Duchesne Drew (Pt. 1)

Public radio is a public platform that has a constantly growing reach. In this episode, we're talking to Duchesne Drew, Senior Vice President of American Public Media Group and President of Minnesota Public Radio, about how public radio is relevant to Black audiences and how it can be used as a tool for health equity.
February 29, 2024

The Role HBCUs Play Toward Achieving Health Equity With Dr. Kenneth Poole (Pt. 2)

The conversation continues with Dr. Kenneth Poole, Chief Medical Officer at UnitedHealth Group, about how historically Black colleges and universities play a role in advancing health equity — and how healthcare professionals can leverage them as a resource.
February 15, 2024

The Role HBCUs Play Toward Achieving Health Equity With Dr. Kenneth Poole (Pt. 1)

Historically Black colleges and universities play a significant role in educating young healthcare professionals, advancing health equity, and shaping the healthcare system as a whole. This episode features Dr. Kenneth Poole, Chief Medical Officer at UnitedHealth Group, who is discussing how HBCUs play a role in advancing health equity and how healthcare professionals can leverage them as a resource.
February 1, 2024

Advancing Black Health Equity With Earned Trust Through Community-Led Engagement With Kelsey Joson (Pt. 2)

The discussion continues with Kelsey Joson, Founder of InControl, a company on a mission to improve the lives of adults with disabilities in the United States. She shares how others can help advance health equity among adults with disabilities through collaboration and other untapped resources.
January 18, 2024

Advancing Black Health Equity With Earned Trust Through Community-Led Engagement With Kelsey Joson (Pt. 1)

In this episode, we're talking to Kelsey Joson, Founder of InControl, a company on a mission to improve the lives of adults with disabilities in the United States through physical, nutritional, social, and emotional engagement at home. We're discussing how InControl uses community engagement to advance health equity among adults with disabilities.
January 4, 2024

Black Collective Foundation MN: Challenges, Lessons Learned, and Next Steps With Chanda Baker (Pt. 2)

Part 2 of our conversation with Chanda Smith Baker, Co-Founder of the Black Collective Foundation MN. She offers insight into the power philanthropy has in Black communities, the challenges that this work faces, and what she hopes her organization will achieve in years to come.
December 21, 2023

Black Collective Foundation MN: Challenges, Lessons Learned, and Next Steps With Chanda Baker (Pt. 1)

Philanthropy has the power to improve the lives of Black communities and inspire philanthropy among everyone. This episode features Chanda Smith Baker, Co-Founder of the Black Collective Foundation MN, discussing the challenges, successes, lessons learned, and next steps for the Foundation. Listen to learn more about how Chanda is taking part in Black-led change in Minnesota and beyond.
December 7, 2023

Tugging Heartstrings: Leveraging Virtual Technology to Generate Radically Empathetic Clinicians With Dr. Aubrey Grant (Pt. 2)

Part 2 of our discussion with Dr. Aubrey Grant, Founder and Chief Equity Officer at Equity Commons, about how his company is using virtual technology to combat implicit bias and improve empathy among clinicians. Listen to learn about how virtual reality can provide an immersive experience in empathy training that traditional approaches cannot.
November 22, 2023
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Heart of Equity

The National Association of Health Services Executives (NAHSE) Heartland Chapter brings you Heart of Equity, a podcast that equips health care professionals to turn health equity efforts for Black Americans into sustainable solutions rather than check-the-box tactics.

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Pleasant Radford Jr.

Pleasant Radford Jr.

Pleasant Radford Jr., MBA, is a results-driven, humble, and committed healthcare leader with 15+ years of challenging roles in the not-for-profit, academic and health sectors. He is passionate about partnering with local communities to co-create, implement, and sustain equity-centered, community-led solutions that restores human trust in a broken healthcare system and improves health and wellbeing. Currently, he serves as the Health Equity Officer at UCare, a local health plan that serves more than 600,000 Medicaid and Medicare members across Minnesota and Wisconsin. Prior to UCare, he worked at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, UnitedHealth Group, University of Chicago, Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health and the Peace Corps. Outside of work, he hosts the Heart of Equity podcast, a national podcast that talks with Black healthcare professionals to learn what they are doing to advance health equity in the Black community. Additionally, he volunteers on local and national boards and enjoys traveling, biking, and spending time with family and friends.

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