Advancing Health Podcast

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 by using SoundCloud. You can also listen to the podcasts directly by clicking below.

Latest Podcasts

Jul 17, 2019

The Prescribe Safe Initiative is an extremely successful community-based project bringing together law enforcement, hospitals and physicians to reduce prescription medication misuse. The American Hospital Association and the AHA Physician Alliance sought to provide members with a deeper dive on key elements driving the success of Prescribe Safe through three podcasts that explore:

  • Securing funding and support,
  • Working collaboratively with a wide variety of partners; and
  • Leveraging complementary and alternative medicine to reduce the use of opioids in the management of pain.

Listen to the podcasts below.

For additional information and resources on how hospitals and health systems are impacting the opioid epidemic, visit

Jul 17, 2019

Earlier this year, AHA published a rural report called “Challenges Facing Rural Communities and the Roadmap to Ensure Local Access and High-quality, Affordable Care.” The report outlines specific legislative and policy recommendations to address the persistent, recent and emergent challenges facing rural communities and the hospitals that serve them. In this podcast, AHA rural health experts explore the purpose of the Rural Report and its Call-to-Action for rural health providers and advocates alike.

Jul 16, 2019

How is the battle against human trafficking going? Is all the effort making a difference? On this AHA Advancing Health Podcast, Robyn Begley, AHA senior vice president and chief nursing officer, moderates a discussion with two government experts on the topic of human trafficking.

Jul 10, 2019

Eliminating unnecessary medical tests and procedures can be as important in delivering high-quality care as providing the right interventions. On this AHA Advancing Health Podcast, we speak with Pamela Johnson, vice chair of quality safety and value for the department of radiology at John Hopkins Health, who discusses how one major health system is taking a hard look at its treatment protocols, thereby improving quality outcomes and decreasing health care costs.

Jun 24, 2019

Jordan Steiger, from the AHA Center for Health Innovation, and Suzette Urbaschich, director of Rogers InHealth in Wisconsin, discuss the stress of working in emotionally draining and intellectually demanding health care environments and strategies to reduce burnout.


Jun 24, 2019
This AHA podcast, “Healthcare Without an Address,” takes a look at how the new emphasis on mobility and convenience is advancing health in America.
Jun 12, 2019
On this AHA Advancing Health podcast, The Value Initiative series continues with a four-way conversation discussing how the Heart of New Ulm project in Minnesota aims to reduce heart disease and prevent cardiovascular problems before they appear.
Jun 3, 2019
On this AHA Advancing Health podcast, Nancy Myers, vice president of leadership and system innovation for the AHA Center for Health Innovation, and Duane Reynolds, president and CEO of the Institute for Diversity and Health Equity, discuss health equity and its relationship to community health.
May 29, 2019
(Podcast) Shelly Rivello, director of integrated care at J.C. Blair Health System in Huntington, Pa., and Carrie Henning-Smith, assistant professor and deputy director of the University of Minnesota’s Rural Health Research Center in Minneapolis, discuss innovative models and evidence-based practices to increase access to behavioral health care and integrate mental health services into primary care. 
May 29, 2019
On May 9, 2019, The Value Initiative hosted an AHA Executive Forum in Atlanta where hospital and health system leaders shared insights and explored opportunities to address value and affordability in health care. While the forum explored a variety of topics, one theme resonated throughout the day – collaboration.
May 22, 2019
In this podcast, Nancy Myers, AHA’s Vice President of Leadership and System Innovation, talks about how AHA is framing its population health work to support the field and providing new tools and resources that identify common elements in a successful approach.
May 8, 2019
In the third and final installment of the Healthy, Equitable and Resilient Communities podcast series, we feature Saint Anthony Hospital’s Collaborative for Community Wellness, a Chicago-based collaborative comprised of 22 community-based organizations.
May 8, 2019
In this Advancing Health podcast, Jay Bhatt, senior vice president and chief medical officer for the American Hospital Association speaks with Rear Admiral Wanda Barfield, the director of the division of reproductive health for the CDC.
May 1, 2019
In this Advancing Health podcast, Dr. Daniel Duhigg, medical director for addiction services at Presbyterian Healthcare Services, discusses the integrated health system's approach to improving outcomes for patients, families and members affected by substance use disorders.
Apr 24, 2019
In this podcast, AHA’s Dr. Jay Bhatt speaks with Parkview Health president Ben Miles about his organization’s approach to treating opioid use disorders - and why peer support and encouragement can be such an effective tool in the battle against addiction.