Advancing Health Podcast

Advancing Health is the American Hospital Association’s podcast series. Podcasts will feature conversations with hospital and health system leaders on a variety of issues that impact patients and communities. Look for new episodes directly from your mobile device by using SoundCloud. You can also listen to the podcasts directly by clicking below.

Latest Podcasts

Apr 15, 2021

SACRED Birth study’s survey tool called a Patient Reported Experience Measure of OBstetric racism©, also known as the PREM-OB Scale, is designed to capture patient experiences during labor, birth, and postpartum and identify obstetric racism in hospital settings. In this podcast, Priya Bathija, Vice President of AHA’s Strategic Initiatives speaks with Dr. Karen Scott, M.D., MPH, FACOG, Associate Professor, OB/GYN Hospitalist, and Applied Epidemiologist, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, & Reproductive Sciences and Humanities & Social Sciences, School of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco to learn about ways we can identify obstetric racism in an effort to achieve maternal health equity.

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Apr 14, 2021

Experts discuss ‘long-haul’ COVID-19 patients and the role of hospitals. Jim Prister, president and CEO of RML Specialty Hospital in Chicago, AHA Board of Directors member and chair of the AHA’s post-acute care steering committee, and John Votto, D.O., a pulmonologist and former CEO of the Hospital for Special Care in New Britain, Conn., discuss the experiences of individuals who no longer have the active COVID-19 virus, but still have complex symptoms caused by it.


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Apr 8, 2021

Dr. Hochman was joined in March by Alvin Hoover, CEO of King’s Daughters Medical Center in Brookhaven, Miss., who is serving on the front lines of rural health care.

The conversation covered how KDMC, an independent rural hospital with about 75% of its patients covered by either Medicare or Medicaid, has responded to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, including vaccine equity in the race to get shots in arms. Alvin also talked about sustainable ways to meet community needs in the near and long term, including how rural hospitals are



Apr 7, 2021

Throughout the COVID-19 hospitals and health systems have been forging new partnerships with stakeholders to ensure ongoing care for their patients, health care workers and communities. To highlight these efforts, AHA has launched a new series of resources called Joining Hands for Greater Impact.

In this first podcast series, AHA’s Priya Bathija talks with leaders from Henry Ford Health System and the Islamic Center of America about their collaboration to increase vaccinations in the Muslim community around Detroit. Learn about the cultural and logistic considerations the partners took into account in order to make their efforts successful.

This content was funded in part by a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (grant number CK20-2003). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is an agency within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The contents of this resource do not necessarily represent the policy of CDC or HHS, and should not be considered an endorsement by the Federal Government.

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Mar 31, 2021

Texas Health Resources faced a long-standing problem of addressing process and documentation breakdowns in clinical documentation, denials management and coding. On this Advancing Health podcast, David Salsberry, chief revenue officer of Texas Health Resources, discusses how the system formed a collaborative team of leaders to bridge these performance gaps. This podcast is sponsored by Protiviti.

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Mar 24, 2021
On this AHA Advancing Health podcast, Germaine Smith-Baugh, president and CEO of the Urban League of Broward County in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., talks about combating the COVID-19 pandemic through testing, vaccinations and education within the community, which include people hardest hit by the pandemic.
Mar 17, 2021
On this AHA Advancing Health podcast, Esther Corpuz, CEO of Alivio Medical Center in Chicago, talks about combatting the COVID-19 pandemic through testing, vaccinations and education within the community.
Mar 10, 2021
In this AHA Physician Alliance podcast, Dawn Sears, M.D., a gastroenterologist at Baylor Scott and White Medical Center in Temple, Texas, shares how she applied skills learned from the Women’s Wellness through Equity and Leadership Project to the COVID-19 public health emergency.
Mar 4, 2021
The Build Healthy Places network is all about bridge-building…finding ways to tie together and thus magnify the positive impact that community developers and health professionals can have by workin
Mar 3, 2021
n this AHA Physician Alliance podcast, Amy Ahasic, M.D., section chief for pulmonary and critical care medicine at Norwalk Hospital in Connecticut, shares how she applied skills learned from the Women’s Wellness through Equity and Leadership Project to the COVID-19 public health emergency.
Mar 2, 2021
Dr. Hochman was joined in February by Consuelo H.
Feb 24, 2021
In this AHA Physician Alliance podcast, Janine Adjo, M.D., chair and director of the pediatric residency program at SBH Health System Bronx, shares how she applied during COVID-19 skills learned fr
Feb 17, 2021
The 4Ms – What Matters, Medications, Mentation and Mobility are designed to work together to afford seniors their best possible quality of life.
Feb 10, 2021
Hospitals and health systems every day see patients who are impacted by violence and human trafficking. Experts from CommonSpirit Health share their stories and discuss the importance of mission-driven programs that raise awareness of human trafficking and help combat this issue in their hospitals’ surrounding communities.
Feb 8, 2021
In this week’s episode, Marie Cleary-Fishman, vice president of clinical quality at the AHA Center for Health Innovation is joined by Debra Houry, MD, MPH, director of the National Center for Injur