Urban Service Talks-Podcast Series

Urban Service Talks is a student centered, student run podcast series developed and produced by Urban Health/AHEC Scholars, and is sponsored by CT AHEC. Urban Service Talks explores issues and answers questions important to today's and tomorrow's healthcare workforce. The focus of the podcast includes key pillars of the Urban Service Track/AHEC Scholars program: interprofessional education and team-based care, addressing social determinants of health, and care for the underserved, while featuring the voices of students from a variety of healthcare profession training programs at UConn and Quinnipiac University. The topics for the podcasts are varied and feature students, professionals, and community members. The target audience includes health professions trainees, health and public health professionals, as well as pre-health professions students.

To listen to the podcast, access Urban Service Talks through your preferred media account. Stay connected with Urban Service Talks through Twitter @TalksService and Instagram @urbanservicetalks. We welcome listener feedback about topics, presenters and most importantly, the dialogue and energy of our podcast series. Please contact us at ust.pod@gmail.com


Caregiver Burnout: The Hidden Patient

As part of the care team for a chronically ill individual you may have more patients than you realize. The “hidden patient” is oftentimes an unpaid family member or friend who takes on the caretaker role due to a sense of obligation stemming from loyalty, financial strain, or even guilt about their negative emotions surrounding caregiving. In this episode, we have UConn School of Nursing student Nicey Brooks and Quinnipiac University Physician Assistant student Simon Ebbott interviewing Dr. Roshni Patel, MD (NYU trained quadruple board-certified physician specializing in interventional pain management, and advanced regenerative therapies at UConn Health) and Kizzy Hernandez-Bigos (Yale School of Medicine Research Assistant in the Infectious Disease Department and a Human Services/SDOH Consultant in the CT Area Health Education Center Program Office).


Skills for the 21st Century

At the dawn of the 21st century, incoming healthcare professionals are faced with a rapidly changing professional landscape. Newly trained health providers must advocate for their patients while staying current with evolving medical knowledge and technology. Establishing oneself while balancing responsibilities can seem impossible at times. In this episode, UConn School of Medicine student, Sara Schulwolf, and Quinnipiac University Physician Assistant student, Apoorva Sajan, interview Dr. Victoria Massey, DMD (UConn-trained general practice dentist providing care to patients at Fair Haven Community Health Center in New Haven) and Dr. Douglas Olsen, MD (Chief Medical Officer at Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services with a multi-decade career as a primary care and addiction medicine physician with experience treating patients at Federally Qualified Health Centers) about the skills needed to succeed in the current healthcare field.


Gun Violence: A Public Health Issue

Gun violence is one of the major public issues faced today, in the United States and other places around the world. As healthcare providers, navigating this issue can be quite complex and multifaceted, especially as students learn to enter the field. Are future healthcare providers prepared enough? How should gun violence education be incorporated into the curriculum? In this episode UConn School of Medicine student Hank Weinstock and UConn School of Dental Medicine student Basant Sallam interview Dr. Kenia Mansilla-Rivera, MD (Program Director of the UConn Family Medicine Resident Program and Core Faculty Member of the Urban Service Track program) and Dr. Kiran Lorick, MD (Second-Year Resident at Asylum Hill Family Medicine Center) about the Gun Violence Home Visit Program.