The Health Disparities Podcast, From Movement is Life. Conversations about health disparities with people working to eliminate them.

This podcast highlights disparities evidenced in common chronic conditions featured in the “vicious cycle” (e.g. diabetes, cardiovascular disease, chronic pain, mental health) and musculoskeletal/arthritis conditions, with emphasis on disparities and how social determinants of health impact these conditions and their management.

Most Recent Episodes

Going beyond disparities and competency: why we need to focus on achieving health equity and cultural proficiency.

Eric J. Williams, DNP, RN, CNE, FAAN, is a Professor of Nursing and the outgoing President of the National Black Nurses Association (NBNA). Eric talks about some of the priority initiatives at NBNA during his leadership, and how NBNA has built on its mission to improve health equity in America since its founding in 1971. As well as discussing the importance of treating violence as a public health crisis and building a culture of health, Eric discusses ways that we can move beyond cultural competency to attain the higher skill level of cultural proficiency – skills that are good for healthcare and the wider world. Eric also discusses an important new initiative to increase diversity in the nursing workforce, working in collaboration with AARP and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. With Carla Harwell, MD.
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Primary care, private practice: A dedicated physician tackles zip code related health disparities.

Cleveland, Ohio native Carla Harwell, MD has had “boots on the ground” working to eliminate health disparities in the Cleveland area for many years. As an African American setting up a primary care private practice in an underserved location, Carla was very conscious that zip codes often define health and determine life expectancy, along with other social determinants. She set out to do something about this reality by providing a local alternative to clinics and hospitals, taking a 360-degree view of her patients, and encouraging patients to keep moving. With Bonnie Mason, MD.
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Left bank, right bank. Mississippi River Delta health disparity problems and solutions.

Orthopedic nurse and Louisiana native Charla Johnson, RN, MSN, ONC, discusses zip code related health disparities on opposite banks of the Mississippi. Charla shares some effective ways to spark changes that improve quality of life, and she believes that education programs must be tailored to people’s unique circumstances, taking into account access to the household and community resources that people need to be successful. A proponent of balance exercises and Tai Chi, “Motion is lotion” is one of her favorite mantras. Charla also discusses how all healthcare professionals can work together and bring their voices and connections to the battle against health disparities, helping to bring about positive change in local communities. With Rose Gonzalez.
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The Health Disparities Podcast, From Movement is Life



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