Advancing Health

American Hospital Association

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 or by visiting AHA.org.

All Episodes

In this podcast John Riggi, Senior Advisor for Cybersecurity and Risk at the American Hospital Association, talks to two leading experts in the field of cybersecurity, Section Chief David Ring, FBI’s Cyber Engagement and Intelligence Section and Errol Weiss, Chief Security Officer at H-ISAC. David and Errol will discuss the latest ransomware attacks on hospitals as well as the partnership between H-ISAC, AHA, and the FBI to exchange cyber threat intel and to broadcast and amplify warnings.

Nov 23

31 min 43 sec

In recognition of National Rural Health Day, John Supplitt, Sr. Director, AHA Rural Health Services is joined by 4 colleagues from AHA each of whom has a unique perspective on pathways to recovery and solutions to the challenges confronting rural health care providers and the communities they serve. Workforce, behavioral health, and maternal health are among the highest priorities of rural communities. Experts offer their insights and solutions with a special focus on the role of the hospital board in leading the effort.

Nov 18

21 min 59 sec

Community Investment, otherwise known as place-based investment, helps create the social and physical environments that support community health over the long term. In the final episode of the series, Gary Yates, M.D., board of stewardship trustees at CommonSpirit Health discusses the community investment at CommonSpirit Health and the Board of Stewardship Trustees, including directing and championing their work and helping to develop measures and metrics to track progress. Learn more about this series at https://www.aha.org/center/population-health/community-investment-health/conversations

Nov 17

10 min 57 sec

Community Investment, otherwise known as place-based investment, helps create the social and physical environments that support community health over the long term. In the fourth episode of the series Kevin Barnett, board of trustees of Trinity Health discusses Trinity Health and the Board of Trustees' community investment, including directing and championing their work and helping to develop measures and metrics to track progress. Learn more about this series at https://www.aha.org/center/population-health/community-investment-health/conversations

Nov 15

19 min 23 sec

Community Investment, otherwise known as place-based investment, helps create the social and physical environments that support community health over the long term. In the third episode of the series, Ray Prushnok, executive director of UPMC Center for Social Impact, and Rob Koenig, senior director of strategy and operations at Boston Medical Center discuss both health systems participation in the Accelerating Investments for Healthy Communities initiative and their health system’s work with community partners to create and sustain community investment. Learn more about this series at https://www.aha.org/center/population-health/community-investment-health/conversations

Nov 12

22 min 16 sec

Community Investment, otherwise known as place-based investment, helps create the social and physical environments that support community health over the long term. In this second episode of the series, Kendra Smith, vice president of community health at Bon Secours Mercy Health, and Sheryl Garland, chief of health impact at VCU Health System discuss the importance of aligning and integrating community investment strategies, authentically engaging the community, investing in local infrastructure and taking a longitudinal approach to this work and its impact. Learn more about this series at https://www.aha.org/center/population-health/community-investment-health/conversations

Nov 10

39 min 49 sec

Community Investment, otherwise known as place-based investment, helps create the social and physical environments that support community health over the long term. In this first episode of the series, Doug Brown, CEO of UMass Memorial Community Hospitals, and chief administrative officer of UMass Memorial Health and Lillian Montoya, president and CEO, CHRISTUS St. Vincent Health discuss how the health systems are investing in their communities to address affordable housing, food insecurity and other priority needs to improve the health of individuals and communities and create sustainable change. Learn more about this series at https://www.aha.org/center/population-health/community-investment-health/conversations

Nov 8

27 min 25 sec

In this Members in Action podcast featuring maternal and child health efforts, Aisha Syeda, program manager at the AHA is joined by leaders from Northwell Health. Dr. Viktor Klein is the System Director of Quality and Patient Safety for OBGYN at Northwell Health, and also the Vice Chairman of OBGYN at North Shore University Hospital and Dr. Adriann Combs is the Clinical Director and the Associate System Director of Quality and Patient Safety of the OB/GYN Quality & Patient Safety Dept at Northwell. Drs. Klein and Combs will share how launching the Maternal Outcomes and Morbidity or MOMs Collaborative has increased awareness of maternal health complexities, and reduce disparities in maternal care.

Nov 3

18 min 33 sec

The AHA’s Hospitals Against Violence initiative and the International Association for Healthcare Security and Safety partnered to create resources for health and security leaders on how to build safer workplaces. In this podcast, Laura Castellanos AHA associate director and HAV lead, Erik Martin, R.N., chief nursing officer of Norton Children’s Hospital, and Connie Packard, chief of public safety at Boston Medical Center, IAHSS vice president and treasurer, discuss the collaboration, resources and what steps leaders can take to create safety and improve patient care.

Oct 27

16 min 44 sec

There are 16 critical infrastructure sectors whose assets, systems, and networks, whether physical or virtual, that are considered so vital to the United States that their incapacitation or destruction would have a debilitating effect on security, national economic security, national public health or safety, or any combination thereof. One of the 16 sectors is the Healthcare and Public Health Sector. In this podcast, John Riggi, senior advisor for cybersecurity and risk at the AHA, speaks with three government officials covering HHS’s cyber threat intelligence and risk components to highlight how HHS and health sector partnerships support national cybersecurity.

Oct 20

31 min 54 sec

Joining Aisha Syeda, program manager at the AHA is Dr. Nirmaljit Dhami, the medical director of the inpatient perinatal psychiatry at El Camino Health; and Dr. Alpa Shah, director of the Perinatal Mental Health Clinic at Marshfield Clinic Health System. Each of them will share their work to reduce the prevalence and impact of maternal mental health illness such as depression and anxiety.

Oct 13

20 min 45 sec

In today’s challenging health care environment, patients, employees, caregivers and visitors expect a positive and consistent experience. Yet oftentimes, different service delivery models related to dining and environmental services exist within the same hospital or health system. Systemness, or the ability to provide a consistent experience for all stakeholders, has become a priority, as health care providers look to create environments and processes for greater continuity across their facilities.

Oct 11

10 min 48 sec

AHA Board Chair Rod Hochman, M.D., is joined by Fritz Francois, M.D., chief medical officer at New York University Langone Health. They discuss emergency preparedness, caregiver resiliency and health equity — all through the lens of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Oct 6

27 min 41 sec

In this podcast, Rebecca Chickey, senior director of field engagement, behavioral health services of the AHA is speaking with Dr. Glenn N. Saxe, about trauma…new traumatic events seem to be happening every day – a treatment for the impact of trauma, call trauma informed care, and opportunities for hospitals to lead in improving access to this important type of behavioral health treatment. Dr. Saxe is director of the NYU Center for Child Welfare Practice Innovation. He also directs the Trauma Systems Therapy Training Center; Professor of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry; Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital at NYU Langone; Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Child Study Center; New York, NY.

Sep 29

18 min 3 sec

America’s hospitals and health systems are at risks of attacks that threaten the bio-economy. How do these threats affect patients and citizens and what we can do about it to help reduce risks? We are very privileged to have as our guest today, FBI supervisory special agent Edward You. You, a former colleague of John Riggi, our senior advisor for cybersecurity and risk at the AHA. You is a highly accomplished 17 year veteran of the FBI and one of the nation’s leading experts on threats to the bio-economy. In this podcast, they discuss their work defending hospitals and health systems against high impact ransomware attacks and cyber espionage campaigns.

Sep 23

31 min 21 sec

On this episode, Dr. Hochman discusses the COVID-19 pandemic and public health infrastructure with Mike Slubowski, president and CEO at Trinity Health, a Catholic health system that serves communities in 25 states. Mr. Slubowski relates how Trinity Health has become the “de facto public health system” in its communities during the COVID-19 crisis — vaccinating people, sharing information, responding to social needs, among other activities — and the challenges and opportunities to improve public health and public health coordination. During the conversation, the two health system leaders talk about the tremendous — and sometimes unrecognized — impact that the pandemic is having on the health care workforce. “We have to tell our story . . . to share some of the experiences and bravery that our people are exhibiting,” Slubowski says. “We have to be really clear on those areas of opportunity around infrastructure and why they would be helpful.”

Sep 16

22 min 14 sec

Postpartum hemorrhages occurs in 1-5% of women who have a baby. In this Members in Action podcast, Aisha Syeda, program manager of strategic initiatives at the AHA, is joined by maternal health experts at The Children's Hospital of San Antonio to discuss an obstetrics simulation program, Practicing for Patients, designed to help hospitals conduct simulation drills on their labor and delivery unit to provide better care to women who experience a postpartum hemorrhage or hypertensive emergency during pregnancy.

Sep 15

32 min 27 sec

In this episode, Marie Cleary-Fishman, vice president of clinical quality at the AHA Center for Health Innovation is joined by Dr. Holly Geyer, internal medicine practitioner at the Mayo Clinic, to discuss opioid stewardship and resources the AHA has developed to offer guidance and information to hospitals and health systems on how they can partner with patients, clinicians and communities to address the opioid epidemic.

Aug 25

21 min 3 sec

In this Members in Action podcast featuring maternal and child health efforts, Aisha Syeda, program manager at the AHA speaks with Dr. Nicole Lamborne, the vice president of clinical operations for women’s services at Virtua Health in New Jersey. Dr. Lamborne will share how Virtua identified gaps in maternal care, and invested in laborists, nurses and evidence-based practices to lower C-section, hypertension, hemorrhage and sepsis rates.

Aug 18

20 min 36 sec

Many times this requires hospitals and systems to develop new strategies and innovative approaches to deliver care and to maintain “the business” to better manage crises and overcome challenges. Join us for a discussion on eight key strategies that hospitals and systems can start implementing now and hear how Baptist Health Floyd Hospital is applying these strategies when handling crises and managing change, including the value that pathologists can provide.

Aug 11

24 min 48 sec

Alisahah Cole, M.D., System Vice President of Population Health Innovation and Policy, CommonSpirit Health shares the benefits of Docent Health, a consumer engagement and patient navigation technology. Priya Bathija, vice president of AHA’s Strategic Initiatives, facilitates this conversation.

Aug 4

7 min 35 sec

Joining Priya Bathija, vice president of AHA’s Strategic Initiatives is Kelly Stevenson, Senior Manager at Inception Health. Inception Health is the digital innovation arm of the Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin health network. Stevenson describes how Froedtert uses Babyscripts, a platform designed to better connect expectant mothers with their doctors and resources

Aug 4

7 min 45 sec

For the last podcast in the series, Priya Bathija, vice president of AHA’s Strategic Initiatives chats with Mary M. Lussier, RN, BSN, IBCLC, Lactation Services Coordinator, Connecticut Children’s. Mary shares how the use of Keriton, a feeding management, lactation analytics and patient engagement platform, has improved patient-provider connection and outcomes.

Aug 2

7 min 46 sec

Kicking off the series, Sarah Carroll, Senior Director for AVIA’s Center for Care Transformation, shares emerging trends and success factors of perinatal digital solutions with Priya Bathija, vice president of AHA’s Strategic Initiatives.

Aug 2

7 min 48 sec

Joining Priya Bathija, vice president of AHA’s Strategic Initiatives is Trina Jellison, Group Vice President of Women and Children’s Institute at Providence St. Joseph Health. Tina shares how Providence St. Joseph Health’s use of Circle, acquired by Wildflower Health, a digital consumer engagement model, engages moms and families.

Aug 2

7 min 4 sec

In this conversation, Priya Bathija, vice president of AHA’s Strategic Initiatives speaks to Christina Yarrington, M.D., FACOG, Assistant Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology at Boston University School of Medicine. Dr. Yarrington describes how BMC utilizes rimidi to remotely monitor moms, while ensuring equitable access.

Aug 2

7 min 49 sec

In this podcast, Priya Bathija, vice president of AHA’s Strategic Initiatives speaks with David Ghadisha, M.D., Baltimore Regional Director of Women’s Health Services, MedStar Health about PeriGen, an obstetric decision support software.

Aug 2

7 min 18 sec

AHA Board Chair Rod Hochman, M.D., president and CEO of Providence, and Robert Trestman, M.D., chair for psychiatry and behavioral medicine at Carilion Clinic and a professor at the Viriginia Tech/Carilion School of Medicine in Roanoke, Va., reflect on the far-reaching effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the mental health and well-being of health care professionals, patients and families. During the conversation, Trestman emphasizes that to improve behavioral health care, “overcoming the stigma of asking for and receiving help is the single biggest challenge we all face.” He is passionate about helping health care professionals “to realize that we are human beings … with limits … and it’s OK to ask for help.” Trestman serves as 2021 chair of the AHA Behavioral Health Services Committee.

Jul 30

23 min 51 sec

Communities of color, who over the past year have been disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, also experienced emotional distress exacerbated by events surrounding the murder of George Floyd. In this AHA Advancing Health podcast, Leon Caldwell, senior director of health equity strategies and innovation for the AHA Institute for Diversity and Health Equity, speaks to Kesha Clarke, director of clinical services at the Philadelphia VA Hospital, and Karriem Salaam, M.D., medical director of adolescent psychiatric services at Friends Hospital in Northeast Philadelphia, about mental health stigma, racialized stress and self-care in communities including health care providers.

Jul 28

30 min 43 sec

On this AHA Advancing Health podcast, John Riggi, AHA senior advisor for cybersecurity and risk, speaks with his former FBI colleague Mike Orlando, acting director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center. During their discussion, Orlando and Riggi warn and advise America’s hospitals about the latest cyber and counterintelligence threats, which have increased in frequency, complexity and severity and accelerated during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jul 21

17 min 49 sec

In this episode, Rod Hochman speaks with Stacey Stewart, president and CEO of March of Dimes, and present her with AHA’s 2020 Award of Honor for her organization’s work during eight decades to improve health outcomes for mothers and babies. - Reduce and eliminate preventable premature birth — a leading cause of infant death. - Improve the health of women, mothers and babies. - Address long-standing inequities in maternal health, including raising awareness about implicit and explicit bias by care providers. Our conversation touches on many other critical issues, including ensuring the health of pregnant women and babies during the COVID-19 pandemic, and working across sectors to improve health outcomes for all.

Jul 14

30 min 14 sec

Hospitals and health systems have frequently been the target of high-impact ransomware attacks. In this podcast, John Riggi, AHA senior advisor for cybersecurity and risk advisory services, speaks with John Delano, regional chief information officer at AdventHealth, and Michael Hamilton, chief information security officer at Critical Insight, to unravel the complexities of cyber threats facing the field and the many cybersecurity solutions available to help hospitals and health systems protect themselves and their patients. This podcast is sponsored by Critical Insight (https://www.criticalinsight.com/solutions#detect-respond), an AHA Preferred Cybersecurity Provider. AHA, through its affiliated investment funds, has financial interest in sponsoring organization by virtue of its investments in such third-parties. Further, the AHA does not endorse, approve, certify, or control sponsoring organization, organization website and organization materials and does not warrant, guarantee or make any representations or warranties regarding the accuracy, completeness, efficacy, timeliness, merchantability, or fitness for a particular purpose of any solution being offered by sponsoring organization, including any content/data presented in program materials.

Jul 7

27 min 49 sec

In this podcast, moderated by AHA’s Julia Resnick, senior program manager for strategic initiatives, Libby Hoy, founder and CEO of Patient Family Centered Care Partners and Connie Montgomery, a member of the Medical University of South Carolina’s patient family advisory council discuss their experiences engaging with and advocating for patients and families throughout the pandemic. This podcast was funded in part by a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 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.

Jun 30

35 min 35 sec

Columbus, Ohio-based Mount Carmel Health System goes beyond the walls of its hospital to serve its community and patients through programs such as Street Medicine, which provides free urgent medical care to underinsured or uninsured individuals. Hear from Mount Carmel’s Brian Pierson, vice president of community health and well-being, and Lisa Wahoff, R.N., who also talk about the importance of the 340B Drug Pricing Program and how it allows the health system to provide important community services and programs.

Jun 23

27 min 30 sec

June 14, 2021 On this podcast AHA offers part two of two podcasts on rebuilding maternity services at a critical access hospital. Cristen Page, M.D., executive dean of UNC School of Medicine and Jeff Strickler, CEO of Chatham Hospital UNC Health Care, Siler City discuss the business case and how the plan was fulfilled to reintroduce safe and sustainable maternity services.

Jun 17

24 min 7 sec

In this AHA Advancing Health podcast, Leon Caldwell, AHA’s senior director of health equity strategies and innovation, talks with Keith Ellison, program director of the Urban League of Philadelphia Entrepreneurship Center, about how the COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the pivotal role local businesses play in advancing equitable health outcomes, as well as the challenges and opportunities they face during the road to recovery.

Jun 16

23 min 25 sec

Nancy Myers, AHA vice president of leadership and system innovation, talks with Mikelle Moore, senior vice president and chief community health officer at Salt Lake City, Utah-based Intermountain Healthcare, about community health improvement (https://www.aha.org/center/community-health-improvement-week) during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. Moore discusses how Intermountain is partnering with former competitors, reaching out to communities to better address health and social needs, and adding equity as a fundamental value for the organization.

Jun 11

22 min 58 sec

AHA’s Joining Hands for Greater Impact initiative highlights resources and stories of successful hospital-community partnerships in getting health care workers and community members vaccinated for COVID-19. In this podcast, hear from Gordon Oakes, director of clinical support services at Overlake Medical Center, and Jeff Friedman, vice president of operations at EvergreenHealth, discuss their partnership to get their Washington state communities vaccinated. This podcast was funded in part by a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 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.

Jun 9

23 min 39 sec

Today’s podcast features how Esperanza Health Centers - a federally qualified health center in Chicago – has worked to keep their community healthy throughout the pandemic. It is moderated by AHA’s Julia Resnick, senior program manager for strategic initiatives. She is joined by Esperanza’s CEO, Dan Fulweiler and Ofelia Figueroa, their lead contract tracer. They will be discussing how Esperanza has engaged their primarily Latino community to increase vaccine confidence and access. This podcast was funded in part by a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 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.

Jun 2

27 min 52 sec

In this podcast marking Mental Health Awareness Month (https://www.aha.org/mental-health-awareness-month), Shane McGuire, CEO of Columbia County Health System in Dayton, Wash., discusses the hospital district’s collaborative work with the University of Washington’s psychiatry program and its Advancing Integrated Mental Health Center, which focuses on creating care models between primary care providers and their mental health care counterparts. Listen to learn how well-conceived partnerships helped expand mental health care to this rural community by integrating physical and mental health.

May 27

23 min 55 sec

In this podcast, Nancy Maldonado, CEO of the Chicano Federation (and affiliate member with AHA’s strategic partner UnidosUS), shares how the organization provided critical leadership in the San Diego community during the pandemic.

May 26

25 min 35 sec

In this podcast, Rochelle Archuleta, director of post acute care policy for the AHA, is joined by Dr. Kimberly Avila Edwards, Director of Advocacy and External Affairs, and Jaeson Fournier, chief executive officer at Community Care, about their collaboration to develop a successful mass vaccination campaign targeting the Latino community in the Austin, Texas.

May 21

17 min 14 sec

On this podcast AHA offers part one of two podcasts on rebuilding maternity services at a critical access hospital. Cristen Page, M.D., executive dean of UNC School of Medicine and Jeff Strickler, CEO of Chatham Hospital UNC Health Care, Siler City discuss the strategic need and clinical case for maternity services at this small, rural community.

May 19

24 min 58 sec

The AHA presents the Foster McGaw Prize annually to recognize hospitals and health systems that are leading the way through innovative collaborations that improve the health and well-being of everyone in their communities.

May 13

19 min 23 sec

The AHA presents the Foster McGaw Prize annually to recognize hospitals and health systems that are leading the way through innovative collaborations that improve the health and well-being of everyone in their communities.

May 13

19 min 54 sec

The AHA presents the Foster McGaw Prize annually to recognize hospitals and health systems that are leading the way through innovative collaborations that improve the health and well-being of everyone in their communities.

May 13

19 min 39 sec

The AHA presents the Foster McGaw Prize annually to recognize hospitals and health systems that are leading the way through innovative collaborations that improve the health and well-being of everyone in their communities.

May 13

21 min 3 sec

In a new AHA podcast, Priya Bathija, vice president of AHA’s Strategic Initiatives, and Robyn Begley, CEO of American Organization for Nursing Leadership and chief nursing officer and senior vice president at the AHA, discuss the role of nurses in achieving health equity, screening for social needs and advocating for policy change

May 11

15 min 25 sec

In this Members in Action podcast featuring maternal and child health efforts, Aisha Syeda, program manager at the AHA speaks with Kelsey Kyle, a RN care manager at St. Peter’s Health and her community partner, Brie MacLaurin, a nurse and the executive director of Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies, the Montana Coalition, Inc., Together, they discuss St. Peter’s Health Taking Care of You program, a parental support approach for treating Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorders in a rural communities of Montana.

May 5

20 min 5 sec

This is the second installment of podcasts about the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services—otherwise known as CMS—and their Hospital Star Ratings Program. Last time we heard from Akin Demehin and Caitlin Gillooley, who lead AHA’s work on policy regarding quality of care, CMS had proposed several changes to the Star Ratings Methodology. Since then, the agency has finalized some—but not all—of those changes. In this podcast, you'll hear about what changed, what didn’t, and what still needs to. We’ll also get the perspective of a hospital leader who can tell us how they see the Star Ratings program.

May 3

16 min 42 sec