LISTEN NOW to a discussion about the diagnosis of cancer and why it’s so important to advocate for what you need, and when necessary, get a second opinion for the best course of treatment.
12/2/19—94.1 FM and online at KPFA.org
For 50 years the second opinion has been providing free multidisciplinary, second opinions to adults in California diagnosed with new or recurrent cancers. One of their goals is to ensure that every cancer patient is empowered to make informed medical decisions.
Dr. Howard Kleckner is a hematologist-oncologist and is the current Medical Director of thesecondopinion with offices in San Francisco and now Oakland-Berkeley. He was Chief of Hematology-Oncology at the Kaiser Permanente Hayward/Fremont centers for over 30years where he also served as the Hospice Medical Director. Dr. Kleckner served for many years on the California Board of the American Cancer Society and is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the California Medical Society.
As a two-time breast cancer survivor, Joan Venticinque, has over 12 years of experience as a patient and research advocate. She is a member of numerous advocacy organizations and has been an advocate reviewer and member of the research team on grants for California Breast Cancer Research Program, Department of Defense Breast Cancer Research Program, National Cancer Institute, LIVESTRONG and the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute. She currently sits as a community member on the Stanford Scientific Review Committee, reviewing clinical trials. Her past work experience with Bay Area Cancer Connections, and the Cancer Supportive Care Program at the Stanford Cancer Center, along with her current work at The Second Opinion, keeps her connected with the current issues cancer patients face.
Listen now to the 11/11/19 show on About Health on 94.1FM—KPFA.org. We focused on health services and quality of life for veterans.
There are about 9 million Americans who use the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), a publicly funded national healthcare system that delivers care in over 1,700 sites, including acute-care hospitals, outpatient clinics, rehabilitation facilities, nursing homes, inpatient residential programs, and campus and community-based centers. With a salaried staff of nearly 300,000, the VHA is the nation’s largest and only integrated healthcare system that has full public funding.
Eddie Ramirez MSGT, USAF (Retired), has been serving veterans in a variety of ways for the past 10 years. In 2013 he founded OneVet OneVoice, an organization to serve as a proving ground for his model of Veteran care. In 2003 Eddie served in the United States Air Force as a Master Sergeant, following his 22-year career with the Armed Forces, and worked for the Department of Labor in 2005. He worked for the Veterans Administration as the Administrative Officer for Mental Health Services from 2009-14. It was that experience that helped him put together the H.E.H.E. model that OneVet OneVoice is currently using in San Francisco. Throughout Eddie’s military and federal government service, he always stayed involved with Veteran issues including being the Founder of the San Francisco Veterans Town Hall Collaborative; a monthly town hall for Veterans and community partners to learn about Veterans services. He also conducts workshops to assist Veterans with employment, specifically how to obtain a job with the federal government. And he is the Founder of the San Francisco Veterans Film Festival, a creative avenue to allow Veterans and the public to engage with each other on an artistic level.
John R. McQuaid, PhD is the Chief of the Mental Health Service at the San Francisco VA Health Care System, Vice Chair for Adult Psychology at the Department of Psychiatry, UCSF and Vice Chair for San Francisco VA Health Care System at the Department of Psychiatry, UCSF. From 1995 to 2009 he served on the faculty of the University of California, San Diego and as a staff member at the San Diego VA Health Care System, moving into the role of Associate Chief of Psychology in 2004. Dr. McQuaid’s research has focused on designing and evaluating psychosocial interventions for psychological and behavioral problems, including dual diagnosis conditions (depression and substance dependence), psychosis, anxiety disorders, high risk sex behaviors, and phantom limb pain. He is currently a Site Investigator for a VA multi-site study comparing forms of therapy (cognitive processing therapy and prolonged exposure) for the treatment of PTSD. Dr. McQuaid’s clinical and teaching expertise is in cognitive-behavioral interventions for mood and anxiety disorders. He has served as a member of VA task forces to establish guidelines for the treatment of depression, and chaired the American Psychological Association Depression Guideline Panel. Dr. McQuaid is past Secretary of the Association of VA Psychologist Leaders, and formerly served as President of the organization. He is the author of A Peaceful Mind: Using Mindfulness and Cognitive Behavioral Psychology to Overcome Depression, and Cognitive-Behavioral Social Skills Training for Schizophrenia.
Listen now to the 11/4/19 show on 94.1FM @KPFA.org
Almost 16 million Americans had an alcohol use disorder in 2016 and nearly 80 million Americans were affected by a loved one’s drinking.
Do you know the difference between Alcohol Use, Alcohol Abuse, and Alcoholism? My guest Lisa Frederiksen, author of “If You Loved Me You’d Stop,” explained the characteristics of Alcohol Use Disorder and the consequences of drinking on family members as well as the person drinking. Alcoholism can be treated and a person can have a complete remission. It’s never too late to get help.
Guest: Lisa Frederiksen is the founder of BreakingTheCycles.com. Her 40 years of experience coping with loved ones who drank too much and her 16 years of work studying the scientific research on brain development, alcohol, drug use disorders, mental illness, trauma, and the family member’s experience, culminate in her “10th Anniversary Edition of “If You Loved Me, You’d Stop!“ Lisa is a nationally recognized keynote speaker, consultant, and author of 12 books.
Listen now to the show I did with Anna Lappé, on About Health, KPFA.org, 94.1FM, 10/21/19
Anna Lappé is a national bestselling author, an advocate for sustainability and justice along the food chain, and an advisor to funders investing in food system transformation. A James Beard Leadership Award recipient, Anna is the co-author or author of three books and the contributing author to more than a dozen others. Named one of TIME’s “eco” Who’s-Who, Anna is the founder or co-founder of three national organizations, including the Small Planet Institute, which she launched with her mother Frances Moore Lappé, and Real Food Media, which partners with food movement allies. As a funder, she has led the grantmaking of the Small Planet Fund for more than a decade and created and runs the Food & Democracy program of the Panta Rhea Foundation. Anna is a founding Steering Committee member of the Castanea Fellowship and serves on the Advisory Boards of the Food Chain Workers Alliance and the Food and Farm Communications Fund along with her board service at the Mesa Refuge and Rainforest Action Network. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and their two daughters.
Listen NOW to About Health (9/2/19) to learn about Heart Based Medicine and how it can change how doctors and patients relate and heal.
“Imagine a medical system that puts the patient back into the center of healing, and where the doctor-patient relationship is the keystone to that healing. More and more medical professionals all around the world are recognizing that unless they engage their hearts, and fully connect with their patients, they are failing to offer the best version of themselves, and then their healing potential is limited. Heart Based Medicine was formed to resuscitate the heart of healing within healthcare.” www.heartbasedmedicine.org
Dr. Jan Bonhoeffer is Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Basel Children’s Hospital, in Switzerland. He has built and led large global research networks to improve child health, has published over 100 scientific papers and book chapters on infectious diseases and vaccines, and worked with the World Health Organization to shape global health programs. In 2015, Dr. Bonhoeffer underwent a significant shift in the way that he thought about medicine. He realized that moments of true healing occur when he is not simply executing state of the art medical knowledge, but when he is participating in a healing event with the patient, which he is not in control of. So now he focusses on the human-to-human transmission of disease and disease prevention in the way that we affect each other. He is the founder of Heart Based Medicine https://heartbasedmedicine.org/about/
Register for the Heart Based Medicine 2019 Summit (September 12-14) https://heartbasedmedicine.org/summit-registration
Listen now to 8/19/19 show on KPFA.org, for the interview with author and Geriatrician Louise Aronson. She offers a powerful roadmap for how we approach old age, and she gives hope about aging, medicine, and humanity. She breaks down our pre-conceived ideas about aging and old age, and points to the ways the health care system and medical care is broken and often fails older people.
Louise Aronson is a geriatrician, writer, educator, and professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and the author of the New York Times bestseller Elderhood: Redefining Aging, Transforming Medicine, and Reimagining Life. A graduate of Harvard Medical School and the Warren Wilson Program for Writers, Dr. Aronson has received the Gold Professorship in Humanism in Medicine, the California Homecare Physician of the Year award, and the American Geriatrics Society Clinician-Teacher of the Year award. Her writing appears in publications including The New York Times, Washington Post, Discover Magazine, and the New England Journal of Medicine and has earned her four Pushcart nominations, the Sonora Review Prize, and a MacDowell fellowship. Her work has been featured on CBS This Morning, NPR’s Fresh Air, Politico, LitHub, Kaiser Health News, and Tech Nation.
9/16/19 my guest was Rue Mapp, on KPFA.org, 94.1FM for a lively conversation about the history of Outdoor Afro and why time outdoors is so vital for people’s well being.
“Outdoor Afro is at the forefront of helping more people, particularly African Americans, equitably reconnect with the natural world through Outdoor Recreation. Outdoor Afro activates networks in nearly 30 states, led by trained volunteer leaders who facilitate activities such as hiking, biking, camping, environmental education, conservation stewardship, and more. These activities promote not only a healthy lifestyle, they also help communities find healing, connect to black history found in many natural areas, and inspire an increased desire to protect vulnerable public lands for all to enjoy.”
Rue Mapp is the Founder and CEO of Outdoor Afro, a national not-for-profit organization with offices in Oakland, Seattle, and Washington, D.C. She oversees a carefully selected and trained national volunteer leadership team of 80 men and women who represent 30 states around the US, and shares opportunities to build a broader community and leadership in nature. Her important work has generated widespread national recognition and support. Since Outdoor Afro’s inception in 2009 as a blog, Rue has captured the attention and support of millions through a multi-media approach that is grounded in personal connections and community organizing. From its grassroots beginning, Outdoor Afro now enjoys national sponsorship and is recognized by major organizations for its role in addressing the ongoing need for greater diversity in the outdoors. In 2010, Mapp was invited to the White House to participate in the America’s Great Outdoors Conference, and subsequently to take part in a think-tank to inform the launch of the First Lady’s “Let’s Move” initiative. She was appointed program officer for the Stewardship Council’s Foundation for Youth Investment to oversee its grant-making program from 2010-2012. Since that time, Rue’s work and op-eds have been featured in publications including The Wall Street Journal, Backpacker Magazine, Seattle Times, Los Angeles Times, Ebony Magazine, Sunset Magazine, NPR, and many others. Rue’s work has also been recognized with numerous awards and distinctions, including: The Root 100 as one of the most influential African Americans in the country (2012 and 2016), Outdoor Industry Inspiration Award, National Wildlife Federation Communication award and Family Circle Magazine selected Rue as one of America’s 20 Most Influential Moms. She remains in high demand to speak around the country and in Canada about her innovative approach that has successfully connected thousands, especially from the African American community, to nature and the benefits of spending more time outdoors. She is proud to serve on the Outdoor Industry Association and The Wilderness Society boards. In 2014, Rue was appointed to the California State Parks Commission by Governor Jerry Brown. A graduate of UC Berkeley, her skills and background make her a unique voice via the leadership and programs she has instituted through OA, enlightening a diverse community to the wonders and benefits of the outdoors. Rue resides in Vallejo, CA and is the proud mother of three young adults.
Intimate partner violence (IPV) is violence or aggression that occurs in a close relationship and affects millions of people in the US each year.
Have you experienced Intimate partner violence (IPV)? If so you are not alone! About 1 in 4 women and nearly 1 in 10 men have experienced contact sexual violence, physical violence, and or stalking, by an intimate partner during their lifetime, and reported some form of IPV-related impact. (Center for Disease Control and Prevention)
Listen now to the 7/15/19 show on About Health on KPFA.org, 94.1FM, to learn more about IPV and who is most at risk. There is help out there for you or a loved one.
You deserve to be safe!
Brigid McCaw, MD, MS, MPH, FACP was the Medical Director of the nationally recognized Family Violence Prevention Program at Kaiser Permanente, Northern California from 2001 until retiring from KP April 2019. She has conducted research and published on developing a healthcare response to family violence; the physical and mental health effects of intimate partner violence; and adverse childhood experiences (ACE’s) and trauma and resiliency informed care. Dr. McCaw received her MD and MS from the UC Berkeley-San Francisco Joint Medical Program, and her MPH from UC Berkeley School of Public Health. She completed an internal medicine residency at UC Davis, and was in clinical practiced at the Kaiser Permanente, Richmond Medical Center. She is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and member of the Forum on Global Violence Prevention, National Academy of Medicine. She has enjoyed living in and raising her family in the SF Bay area.
Michiko Scott is an MSW candidate at the School of Social Welfare at UC Berkeley while working as a medical assistant at Kaiser Permanente, Oakland Medical Center. She is also an intimate violence (IPV) survivor who overcame various challenges as an immigrant single mother of five children. In the 1990s, she encountered healthcare professionals who facilitated the process of freeing her from abusive situations. She found the calling to spread awareness of the significant role of the healthcare system in bringing IPV victims and their families to safety and in educating them about adverse health outcomes of IPV. In 2005, Michiko received training as an IPV crisis counselor and a public speaker at Stand! Against Domestic Violence, in Contra Costa County. When she worked at the women’s health clinic at Kaiser Richmond, she joined the Family Violence Prevention Program committee. For an undergraduate honor’s thesis, she researched traumatic brain injury in IPV survivors. Michiko is passionate about inspiring IPV victims and survivors to transform their lives by sharing her lived experience of finding healing and her life’s purpose.
24 hour: 1-800-799 SAFE (7233)
English: 415.924.6616 / Linea de apoyo en español: 415.924.3456 / ManKind: 415.924.1070
Marin Youth Services: 415.526.2557 Monday – Friday, 9am-5pm
24-Hour, Toll-Free Crisis Line: 1-888-215-5555
Alameda County Resources: http://www.acphd.org/media/88820/domestic_violence.pdf
CDC: www. cdc.gov:
http://www.thehotline.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2016/06/TAC-Power-and-Control-Wheel.pdf Check out this POWER WHEEL to learn more about intimate partner violence and emotional abuse.
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Listen now to the 7/1/19 show on About Health, KPFA.org (94.1FM), on the needs of vulnerable, underinsured, uninsured, refugee, and immigrant people seeking community medical care.
We discussed the special needs of communities to reduce the incidence of preventable malnutrition and chronic illness.
Since 2002, Street Level Health has responded to the needs of a community who is 93% foreign-born with almost half (43%) having resided in the U.S. for less than three years.
Gabriela Galicia is currently serving as the Executive Director at Street Level Health Project in Oakland, California. She grew up in Southern California the daughter of immigrant parents, in a predominantly Latino low income, low resourced, immigrant and people of color community. Gabriela is the first of her family to graduate from college, and graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in December 2009 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and a minor in Ethnic Studies with a concentration in Chicano Studies. During her time in college she continued to find her passion in community organizing and working to advocate for issues such as immigrant and workers’ rights at both the local and state level, and other issues and policies affecting the most vulnerable.
Since 2010, she has worked in different capacities and roles at Street Level Health Project. Prior to her role as Executive Director, she served as the Immigrant Rights and Empowerment Program Manager for 6 years, leading and developing the street outreach program, fostering relationships with the Oakland Day Laborers through growing and evolving community building activities. She pioneered and developed the now-established Oakland Workers’ Collective (day laborer program) that creates a safe and empowering space for day laborers and low wage workers. Gabriela strives to continue to build a safe haven for the most vulnerable, elevating their voices and developing programming which places these impacted communities in a position where they can participate with efficacy and power. Recently, she has had the honor to have been selected as one of 18 women to participate in the first cohort of the Leaderspring Women of Color 2020 fellowship program. The purpose of the Women of Color LeadStrong Fellowship is to elevate and strengthen the vision, voice, power, and leadership of women of color working for social and racial equity and justice in the social sector.
Michelle Grace Steinberg is a nutritionist, herbalist, and documentary filmmaker based in Oakland, CA. She has a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology and a Master’s of Science in Human Nutrition. She completed a 3-year clinical training program at the Ohlone Center for Herbal Studies. In 2009, she started Consultas Naturistas, a free Spanish bilingual holistic nutrition and herbal medicine program at Street Level Health Project. The program serves low income, uninsured clients with consultations on holistic nutrition and wellness, and provides free herbal teas, tinctures, and supplements. Michelle received the American Herbalist Guild 2015 award for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and she has contributed articles to several health care journals. She is a board member for Integrative Medicine for the Underserved. (www.im4us.org) Her latest film, BEYOND RECOGNITION was in film festivals and is currently on national public television and her current film, A PLACE TO BREATHE, explores immigrant and refugee experiences in the health care system, highlighting how communities use integrative practices to heal from trauma. www.underexposedfilms.
How does a community heal from trauma, racism, and violence? And how can youth be an important part of the changes that are needed for healing, health, and hope!
Listen now to the show on 6/24/19 on About Health—KPFA.org 94.1FM, for a continuing look at social determinants of health:https://kpfa.org/player/?audio=313121
Youth who live with community violence experience heightened fear that they could be a target and that the world is an unsafe place. There are communities around the country that are notorious for homicides, and gang violence—places that are too dangerous for children to play outside, and for teens to feel respected and safe. Living in fear takes a toll on a person’s mental health, and ongoing stress can have serious physical consequences as well. Community violence and racism makes it much harder to live a healthy life! We will discuss what communities are doing to give teens a voice, agency, heal, and become change agents.
“West Contra Costa youth bear the burden of multiple health and social inequities. There is a harmful public narrative, promoted in both policies and the media, that youth of color are deficits, not assets, to the larger community.”
“Programming at RYSE is anchored in the belief that young people have the lived knowledge and expertise to identify, prioritize, and direct the activities and services necessary to thrive.”
—RYSE Center https://rysecenter.org/
Dalia J. Ramos-Mucino has been the RYSE Member Engagement Coordinator since 2017. As Member Engagement Coordinator, Dalia is responsible for holding a friendly and positive culture within the space and with the youth. Dalia is passionate about creative expression in different forms like dancing, poetry, and storytelling. She will always work to ensure that RYSE is a safe, welcoming, and fun environment where youth feel open to express their thoughts and feelings. Before joining the RYSE staff, Dalia attended RYSE as a 14-year-old member and at 16 became an intern on the RYSE Leadership Team. She has been trained in Non-Violent Communication, Restorative Justice, and more.