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On Being an Advocate

On Being an Advocate

2022-05-0231:13

In this week’s episode, I talk with Dr. Meron Herpa and Dr. Richard Bruno about medical advocacy and the need for advocacy coaching. Dr. Herpa, a public health physician with the Cincinnati Health Department, has a passion for coaching physicians and future physicians to become medical advocates. Beginning with the loss of a loved one, Dr. Herpa shares her journey that led her to become a doctor and eventually, a medical advocate.Dr. Bruno is a well-known medical advocate and he also shares his history of fighting the injustices of the medical system. He even tells us a story of getting arrested as he took a stand against the repeal of Obamacare. In this conversation we discuss the urgent need for health and social justice as many patients across the United States are falling through the cracks, and are unable to get the medical care they need. Both Dr. Herpa and Dr. Bruno share statistics that show that health outcomes are significantly determined by social factors such as access to insurance, education, housing and nutrition. In addition to this, we talked about different forms of medical advocacy and Dr. Herpa encouraged us to choose the form of advocacy that works best for us. For example, Dr. Bruno shares testimonies to legislators and attends rallies as a way to advocate, but others may prefer making calls, emailing legislators and using online resources.Another option for those interested in becoming medical advocates is a new program through the American Medical Student Association (AMSA). It's a free advocacy coaching program for AMSA students and pre-medical students who are already members of AMSA. Through this program, students can gain access to a wealth of coaches with decades of experience in advocacy. Additionally, Dr. Herpa and Dr. Bruno highlight some common issues among medical students and trainees as it relates to advocacy. These issues include navigating administrative barriers in medical school, fear of professional repercussions because of their advocacy work, and finding the right guidance as they get into advocacy work.In the end, Dr. Herpa encourages us to use our voice and to get involved with advocacy in whatever way you can. Key PointsUrgent need for health and social justice as many patients across the United States are falling through the cracks, and are unable to get the medical care they need. The guests share statistics that show that health outcomes are significantly determined by social factors.There are different ways to get involved as a medical advocate and we should choose the path that best suits us.The American Medical Student Association (AMSA) has a free advocacy coaching program for AMSA students and pre-medical students who are already members of AMSA.References: List of resources mentioned in the episode:American Medical Student Association Advocacy Resources Connect with guest:Meron Herpa TwitterRichard Bruo TwitterThank you for listening to the Millennial Health Podcast. Please subscribe to the podcast, share with your friends and leave a review on Apple Podcasts. If you have questions or comments feel free to reach out on Instagram and Twitter @DrJayShereeDisclaimer: The opinions expressed herein are my own and do not represent those of my employer.
This episode is part two of a with New York City-based psychiatrist, Dr. Claudine Jones-Bourne about grief, suicide, and how to create a safety plan. She also shares valuable resources for anyone struggling with mental health issues. Dr. Jones-Bourne starts by reminding us that our head is real and the psychiatric problems we may face are valid. Our mental health deserves attention just like any other part of our body.She provides us with some key statistics on suicides. In 2019, suicide was the 10th leading cause of death in America and it was the 2nd leading cause of death for millennials aged 10 to 34. And though the official statistics are not out yet for during the pandemic, she believes that the number of suicide attempts and completions has risen.We discussed the spectrum of suicidality. Dr. Jones-Bourne warns that if you are anywhere on the spectrum, it is time to get help. This even includes passive thoughts about death and being better off being dead.We also learn how to develop a suicide safety plan. A safety plan is epecially useful if you have suicidal thoughts of any type. It should include warning signs, internal coping strategies, social situations and places that provide a distraction, people you can ask for help, professionals or agencies to contact during a crisis, and ways to make your environment safe.In addition to this, Dr. Jones-Bourne encourages suicidal persons to think about the one thing that’s most important to them and is worth living for. Whatever this answer may be, it should be written down as part of the safety plan. Dr. Jones-Bourne and I also discuss important resources for dealing with mental health. We are encouraged to make good use of exercise, good nutrition, sleep, and fresh air. Plus, speaking kindly to yourself.In the event that a person is unable or not willing to find a therapist, she tells us about alternatives including self-help tools (podcasts, audiobooks, therapy workbooks) and online platforms like Talk Space, Cerebral, BetterHelp. Some people also find adopting meditation practices to be helpful. Dr. Jones-Bourne‘ final message to us is that, “You are your biggest resource… you have so much power inside of you.”Key PointsOur mental health deserves attention just like any other part of our body.In 2019, suicide was the 10th leading cause of death in America and it was the 2nd leading cause of death for millennials aged 10 to 34.If you are anywhere on the spectrum of suicidality, you should seek help. A safety plan should be created if you have suicidal thoughts.Other resources are available to those who are unable or not willing to find a therapist.References: List of resources mentioned in the episode:Talk SpaceBetterHelpCerebralAdditional wellness resourcesHeadspaceCalmStop.Breathe.ThinkConnect with Dr. Jones-Bource: WebsiteThank you for listening to the Millennial Health Podcast. If you have questions or comments feel free to reach out on Instagram and Twitter @DrJayShereeDisclaimer: The opinions expressed herein are my own and do not represent those of my employer.
Stages of Grief

Stages of Grief

2022-04-0425:14

Do you know what grief really is? On this episode of the Millennial Health Podcast Dr. Jones-Bourne and I talk about what grief really is and how it can escalate. In this episode you can also learn about the seven stages of grief, and how the pandemic has impacted mental health. Dr. Jones-Bourne is a New York City-based psychiatrist that works in emergency departments throughout the United States. Reference: Millennial Health Podcast on DepressionConnect with Dr. Jones-Bourne: WebsiteThank you for listening to the Millennial Health Podcast. Please subscribe to the podcast, share with your friends and leave a review on Apple Podcasts. If you have questions or comments feel free to reach out on Instagram and Twitter @DrJayShereeDisclaimer: The opinions expressed herein are my own and do not represent those of my employer.--Summary of episode: Dr. Claudine Jones-Bourne is a New York City-based psychiatrist that works in emergency departments throughout the United States. Through her professional experiences she has gained significant insights into grief and its impact, and she tells us all about it in this episode.First, she helps us define grief. We discuss that grief is not just the loss of a loved one, but the loss of anything. You can grieve persons, things, events, or even plans you had for yourself. Unfortunately, since many of us don’t know what grief looks like, we don’t recognize that we’re grieving.We also talk about the connection between mental health and grief. When grief goes unresolved it can lead to psychiatric illnesses such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, or even suicide. For a more in-depth look at depression, Dr. Jones-Bourne and I discussed this topic in a previous episode of the Millennial Health Podcast.In this week’s episode, Dr. Jones-Bourne acknowledged that the pandemic has had a significant impact on our mental health. This has resulted in emergency departments across the country filled with psychiatric patients, and the rise of new terms like “post pandemic stress” and “FONO” (fear of normal). She also teaches us about the seven stages of grief. These stages of grief are: shock and denial; pain and guilt; anger and bargaining; depression, loneliness and reflection; upward turn; reconstruction; and acceptance and hope. Dr. Jones-Bourne explains that if you are grieving but don’t get to the final stage of grief, this can ultimately lead to unresolved conflict in your psyche. And if the grief does escalate to mental illness, then it’s time to get help. Key PointsGrief can be defined as the loss of anything, not just the loss of a loved one.Grief can escalate into psychiatric illnesses such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, and suicide if left unresolved.Dr. Jones-Bourne advises that if grief does escalate to mental illness, then it’s time to get help. The pandemic has negatively impacted our mental health.There are seven stages of grief.
Integrative Medicine

Integrative Medicine

2021-11-1517:51

On this episode of the Millennial Health Podcast, Dr. Anna B. Shannahan lets us know that it is possible to find healing, wellness & joy with Integrative Medicine based on evidence and excellence.She is currently the Associate Director of Education at the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Northwestern as well as Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at Northwestern. As an athlete who has completed 12 marathons & 9 triathlons, and figure skating coach who earned a US Figure Skating Association Gold Medal, she is passionate about diet, exercise, and helping others achieve their health goals.Thank you for listening to the Millennial Health Podcast. Please subscribe to the podcast, share with your friends and leave a review on Apple Podcasts. If you have questions or comments feel free to reach out on Instagram and Twitter @DrJaySheree
Becoming Brave Enough

Becoming Brave Enough

2021-11-0225:46

Do you feel overwhelmed, exhausted, and lacking work-life control? According to our guest, Dr. Sasha Shillcutt, there’s a better way ! She tells us all about it on this episode of the Millennial Health podcast. Dr. Shillcutt is the CEO & Founder of Brave Enough and her passion is empowering and encouraging women to be #braveenough in their professional and personal lives.She is also a tenured and endowed Professor and the Vice Chair of Strategy in the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC), a well-published researcher in cardiac anesthesiology and gender equity, author, and international speaker.Thank you for listening to the Millennial Health Podcast. Please subscribe to the podcast, share with your friends and leave a review on Apple Podcasts. If you have questions or comments feel free to reach out on Instagram and Twitter @DrJaySheree
Eating Disorders

Eating Disorders

2021-10-1130:02

Eating disorders have been on the rise since the beginning of the pandemic - many physicians and mental health care providers have reported seeing worrying increases. On today’s episode, we’re going to take a look at what’s driving that increase. We’ll also talk about treatment, prevention, and some misconceptions about eating disorders.Chelsea Kronengold is a mental health professional with an extensive background in clinical psychology, body image, and eating disorders. She is the communications lead at the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA), overseeing the organization's content, communications, media and public relations. Dr. Kathryn Ward is a licensed clinical Psychologist at Rady Children's Hospital San Diego's Medical Behavioral Unit, a medical stabilization unit for children, adolescents, and young adults with eating disorders.Thank you for listening to the Millennial Health Podcast. Please subscribe to the podcast, share with your friends and leave a review on Apple Podcasts. If you have questions or comments feel free to reach out on Instagram and Twitter @DrJaySheree
Stress and Burnout

Stress and Burnout

2021-09-1326:04

In this episode, Dr. Jessi Gold, an Assistant Professor and the Director of Wellness, Engagement, and Outreach in the Department of Psychiatry at Washington University School of Medicine in Saint Louis and I have a conversation about stress and burnout. She is a nationally recognized expert on healthcare worker mental health and burnout (particularly during the pandemic), college mental health, using social media and media for mental health advocacy, and the overlap between pop culture and mental health, including celebrity mental health and self-disclosure. Thank you for listening to the Millennial Health Podcast. Please subscribe to the podcast, share with your friends and leave a review on Apple Podcasts. If you have questions or comments feel free to reach out on Instagram and Twitter @DrJaySheree
I love to have guests on my show, but I wanted to have a heart to heart with my audience on this episode. I did not publicly announce my pregnancy until the 3rd trimester to give myself the space I needed to navigate the constant changes involved in this process. As a Physician, this was even more consequential as we’re still battling a pandemic and there’s another wave on the horizon.Millennials are known to speak our minds. We have a reputation for being bold, brave and empowered in ways that generations before us haven’t been. With levels of stress, burnout, anxiety and depression on the rise, it was important to share how this was all impacting me, as a millennial.I consider myself a health advocate for my generation and one of the most important ways to advocate is to share our stories -- when we’re ready.Thank you for listening to the Millennial Health Podcast. Please subscribe to the podcast, share with your friends and leave a review on Apple Podcasts. If you have questions or comments feel free to reach out on Instagram and Twitter @DrJaySheree
In this episode Dr. Arumala, a Board Certified Ob/Gyn and Fibroid Specialist and I have a conversation about fibroids. She shares important facts about diagnosing, managing and treating fibroids. As a bonus, both Dr. Arumala and I share about our personal journeys with fibroids. Thank you for listening to the Millennial Health Podcast. Please subscribe to the podcast, share with your friends and leave a review on Apple Podcasts. If you have questions or comments feel free to reach out on Instagram and Twitter @DrJaySheree
In this episode Dr. Lionel McIntosh and I have a conversation about men visiting the doctor for their healthcare needs ! He shares his thoughts on why this is extremely important and what men can expect at a new visit with a Primary Care Physician.Dr. Lionel McIntosh is a Board-Certified Family Medicine Physician in Minnesota. Thank you for listening to the Millennial Health Podcast. Please subscribe to the podcast, share with your friends and leave a review on Apple Podcasts. If you have questions or comments feel free to reach out on Instagram and Twitter @DrJaySheree
In this episode Dr. Mark Shapiro and host Dr. Jay-Sheree Allen have a conversation about advice for millennials, speaking up on controversial topics and not selling ourselves short by using language such as ‘side hustle’ to refer to our non clinical work.Mark Shapiro, MD is the creator, producer & host of Explore The Space Podcast, a show focused on bringing those who provide healthcare and those who seek healthcare closer together through conversations with leaders from across the spectrum. He is also a TEDx speaker, delivering his first TEDx in March, 2021, and is a co-author of the “Covid-19 CV Matrix.” Dr. Shapiro has been in full-time clinical practice as a Hospitalist since 2006 and is an active voice on Twitter and can be followed at @ETSshow. He is also an avid home coffee roaster and Peloton bike rider. Thank you for listening to the Millennial Health Podcast. Please subscribe to the podcast, share with your friends and leave a review on Apple Podcasts. If you have questions or comments feel free to reach out on Instagram and Twitter @DrJaySheree
Similar to many professional millennial women who desire marriage, Dr. Monique Rainford did not have a straight and easy path to finding her life partner.Her personal experience and those of the many women whom she interacted with both socially and through her OB/GYN practice led her to write the book Please God Send Me a Husband. With her own experience and that of the more than fifty women she interviewed, she has provided a roadmap, complete with traffic signs, roadblocks and potholes that women encounter on the way to marriage. Whether or not they succeed has a lot to do with how they navigate this journey.Monique Rainford M.D. is a medical doctor specializing in Obstetrics and Gynecology, as well as an author, blogger, Tedx speaker and lifestyle medicine advocate. Thank you for listening to the Millennial Health Podcast. Please subscribe to the podcast, share with your friends and leave a review on Apple Podcasts. If you have questions or comments feel free to reach out on Instagram and Twitter @DrJaySheree
On this episode we are joined by Dr. Jacinda Abdul-Mutakabbir for an update on the COVID-19 vaccine. Now that it’s available to the general public, will you be getting vaccinated?So much has changed since her first recording on this podcast. There are multiple vaccines on the market and we now have authorization for use in children. Dr. Jacinda Abdul-Mutakabbir is currently an Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice at Loma Linda University in Loma Linda, CA.Thank you for listening to the Millennial Health Podcast. Please subscribe to the podcast, share with your friends and leave a review on Apple Podcasts. If you have questions or comments feel free to reach out on Instagram and Twitter @DrJaySheree
There is a field of medicine called Precision Medicine. It is an approach to patient care that allows doctors to select treatments that are most likely to help patients based on a genetic understanding of their disease. It may also be called personalized medicine. Though this isn’t entirely mainstream just yet, many facets are.Dr. Camir Ricketts is an ardent advocate for science and innovation and an even greater advocate for the development of all of the Caribbean. He earned his PhD in Computational Biology and Medicine from Weill Cornell Medicine in 2020 and is now a Bioinformatics Scientist. He is also the founder of the Minds Of Initiative which launched their ‘Minds Of Jamaica’ mentorship platform in 2019. In this episode he shares some of the fundamental principles of precision medicine and helps us to understand  some of the possibilities if medicine was more personalized?Thank you for listening to the Millennial Health Podcast. Please subscribe to the podcast, share with your friends and leave a review on Apple Podcasts. If you have questions or comments feel free to reach out on Instagram and Twitter @DrJaySheree
There’s a place and a time for yoga and meditation but we need a few other options in our self-care toolkits ! On this latest episode of the Millennial Health Podcast, my guest Dr. Caylor and I talk about a few other ways to tackle burnout. Tonya Caylor, MD, FAAFP is a family physician and certified professional coach in Anchorage, Alaska who founded Joy in Family Medicine Coaching after realizing the power of physician coaching and seeing a paucity of it at the resident level. She loves giving tools to millennials who have chosen tough careers to enjoy their jobs more even when they can't change the circumstances.Thank you for listening to the Millennial Health Podcast. Please subscribe to the podcast, share with your friends and leave a review on Apple Podcasts. If you have questions or comments feel free to reach out on Instagram and Twitter @DrJaySheree
Inspired by an instagram post in which Necole Kane discussed her journey to reclaiming her health, Dr. Jay-Sheree decided to reach out for an interview.xoNecole.com is the leading lifestyle website for millennial women of color founded by former celebrity gossip blogger Necole Kane. The media platform features content that reaches over 2 million women through its website, social media channels, and in-person experiences. In this episode she shares some of the health struggles that have been prevalent in her family and the active steps she’s taking to not fall victim to the burden of chronic disease.Thank you for listening to the Millennial Health Podcast. Please subscribe to the podcast, share with your friends and leave a review on Apple Podcasts. If you have questions or comments feel free to reach out on Instagram and Twitter @DrJaySheree
In this episode, Dr. Jay-Sheree Allen opens the 2021 season by acknowledging the challenges we’ve been facing for greater than 1 year in this pandemic.  We also set the record straight on a few popular terms including herd immunity, variants, mutations and we discuss the way in which vaccines work. She believes that the vaccines are offering us some light at the end of the tunnel. What are your thoughts and are you getting the vaccine?Thank you for listening to the Millennial Health Podcast. Please subscribe to the podcast, share with your friends and leave a review on Apple Podcasts. If you have questions or comments feel free to reach out on Instagram and Twitter @DrJaySheree
COVID-19 Vaccine

COVID-19 Vaccine

2020-12-1434:24

On this episode we are joined by Dr. Jacinda Abdul-Mutakabbir for a discussion on the COVID-19 vaccine. On December 11, 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued the first emergency use authorization (EUA) for a vaccine for the prevention of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) in individuals 16 years of age and older. Dr. Jacinda Abdul-Mutakabbir is currently an Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice at Loma Linda University in Loma Linda, CA. She earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree at the University of Saint Joseph, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Infectious Diseases, as well as a Masters in Public Health at Wayne State University. Addendum: It is important to note that this year's recommended flu vaccines are not live, but as mentioned on the recording, there is a live flu vaccine. Thank you for listening to the Millennial Health Podcast. Please subscribe to the podcast, share with your friends and leave a review on Apple Podcasts. If you have questions or comments feel free to reach out on Instagram and Twitter @DrJaySheree
On this episode we are joined by Dr. Michelle Ogunwole for a unique discussion on Black women, healthcare and the concept of beauty shops being a future healthcare space.  Dr. Michelle Ogunwole (@drchellemd) is an Internal Medicine physician, health disparities researcher, and social justice advocate focusing on the health of Black women. She is interested in the impact of pregnancy on long term health and improving women's health equity throughout the life course. Thank you for listening to the Millennial Health Podcast. Please subscribe to the podcast, share with your friends and leave a review on Apple Podcasts. If you have questions or comments feel free to reach out on Instagram and Twitter @DrJaySheree
On this episode we are joined by Francisco Roman, PharmD for a discussion on vaccines. There are a lot of conversations around this topic, especially now that influenza season is in full swing and a COVID-19 vaccine is on the horizon. Francisco is a Clinical Pharmacist by training and currently works as a medical science liaison with Sanofi Pasteur vaccines division.Thank you for listening to the Millennial Health Podcast. Please subscribe to the podcast, share with your friends and leave a review on Apple Podcasts. If you have questions or comments feel free to reach out on Instagram and Twitter @DrJaySheree
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