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In a complex, modern society, we’re deeply connected in ways that often go unnoticed. On In Solidarity: Connecting Power, Place and Health, podcast hosts Ericka Burroughs-Girardi and Beth Silver explore these connections in interviews with some of our country's brightest minds and biggest thinkers. Join the conversation on In Solidarity today.

March 22, 2023

Introducing: Civic health

In Solidarity is back for a brand-new series exploring the connections between our civic health, our individual health and the health of our communities. We’re bringing you eight interviews with equity experts and authors Daniel Dawes, Dr. Peniel Joseph, Dr. Erika Blacksher, Dr. Julia Kaufman, Dr. Solange Gould, Aliya Bhatia, Jeanne Ayers and Dawn Hunter.

June 07, 2023

Better health through civic health

How do the opportunities to vote, have a say in our futures and connect in our communities impact our health? Hosts Ericka Burroughs-Girardi and Beth Silver explore civic health and its connection to everyone’s health. We kick off the series with Julia Kaufman, a senior policy researcher at the RAND Corporation, who explains why civic infrastructure is important and how it’s tied to health equity. We’re also joined by Dawn Hunter of the Network for Public Health Law and the lead author of the Health & Democracy Index, who explains the link between restrictive voting policies and poorer health outcomes.

June 14, 2023

Using the tools of democracy for better health

There’s a growing body of evidence that shows that people living in areas with structural barriers, such as laws that restrict voter eligibility, registration and opportunities to participate, have lower voter turnout and shorter life expectancy. In our second episode, hosts Beth Silver and Ericka Burroughs-Girardi are joined by Daniel Dawes, executive director of the Institute of Global Health Equity at Meharry Medical College, and the founder of the political determinants of health framework. Dawes discusses how the political determinants have shaped communities’ ability to define and address public problems. Dr. Peniel Joseph, an author, professor and founding director of the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy at The University of Texas at Austin, also joins the conversation to provide examples of how tools of democracy — historical and present — have shaped where we are today.

June 21, 2023

Leveraging the strengths of public health & health care for a healthy democracy

Public health and health care systems can play an important role in improving civic health. In the third episode of this series, hosts Beth Silver and Ericka Burroughs-Girardi dive into examples of public health and health care organizations’ efforts to increase civic participation. They are joined by Jeanne Ayers, the executive director of Healthy Democracy Healthy People, who discusses both challenges and victories to increase voter registration during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Aliya Bhatia, executive director of Vot-ER, shares how bringing voter registration into emergency rooms, hospitals and community health centers has moved health beyond the exam room.

June 28, 2023

Building power for civic health

When people closest to problems have the power to influence solutions, those solutions often benefit everyone. In our final episode of this series on civic health, hosts Beth Silver and Ericka Burroughs-Girardi explore strategies to ensure everyone has a voice and the opportunity for collective change. They are joined by Dr. Solange Gould, the co-director of Human Impact Partners, who discusses the role narratives play in building power and improving civic health. Dr. Erika Blacksher, the John B. Francis Chair in Bioethics at the Center for Practical Bioethics and a professor at the University of Kansas Medical Center, concludes our series by defining democratic deliberation and how it’s related to health equity. 

October 12, 2022

Connecting the gender pay gap to everyone's health

Hosts Ericka Burroughs-Girardi and Beth Silver investigate the gender pay gap and answer important questions about how we got here and how it affects our health. On average, women in this country make little more than 80 cents for every dollar white men make. The pay gap is much wider for women of color. We kick off the series with our colleague, Dr. Elizabeth Blomberg, who explains the data behind the gender pay gap. We’re also joined by Dr. Elise Gould, a senior economist at the Economic Policy Institute, who sets the stage on the history of women’s wages and how we can close the gap.

Undervalued and Underpaid: The gender pay gap's connection to our health
October 19, 2022

Solving the gender pay gap

The gender pay gap is a complex issue and closing it will require multiple solutions. In our second of three episodes on the topic, hosts Ericka Burroughs-Girardi and Beth Silver are joined by Dr. Jessica Milli, an economist and the founder of the consulting firm Research 2 Impact. Dr. Milli talks about how the gender pay gap harms our health, entire communities and the economy. Our colleague Kiersten Frobom, a senior analyst on our evidence and policy analysis team, also joins the conversation to discuss the strategies that communities and organizations are using to close the gender pay gap.

Undervalued and Underpaid: The gender pay gap's connection to our health
October 26, 2022

The myth of the gender pay gap myth

Type “the gender pay gap” into any search engine and one of the first results that pops up will be: “The gender pay gap myth.” In the final episode of this miniseries, hosts Beth Silver and Ericka Burroughs-Girardi bust myths and break down the toxic narratives around the gender pay gap. They are joined by Dr. Jonathan Heller, a senior fellow at the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, who talks about how toxic narratives maintain systems and policies that keep women undervalued and underpaid. Dr. Jessamyn Schaller, an economics professor and co-author of The Simple Truth about the Gender Pay Gap, concludes our series by making the connections between the pay gap and women’s health. 

Undervalued and Underpaid: The gender pay gap's connection to our health
April 06, 2022

Introducing In Solidarity: Connecting power, place and health

Welcome to the launch of In Solidarity: Connecting Power, Place and Health. In this debut episode, hosts Ericka Burroughs-Girardi and Beth Silver introduce themselves and the theme for the podcast: social solidarity. Burroughs-Girardi and Silver explore how our lives and fates are interconnected, whether obvious or not. And they discuss how the two of them discovered a connection that shaped their lives before they were even born.

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April 13, 2022

From public goods to private and profitable property

The idea of collective action for the common good has slowly given way in this country to private and for-profit … by design. If we’re going to improve health and health equity for everyone, we have to understand the shift away from the things once considered sacred public goods (i.e., public schools, transportation, infrastructure, and investment in all communities). In this episode, we talk with author Donald Cohen, who recently published The Privatization of Everything: How the Plunder of Public Goods Transformed America and How We Can Fight Back, to find out how we got here and how we can return to a mindset of social solidarity.