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

Jun 4, 2020

In this podcast, Nancy Myers, vice president of leadership and system innovation at the AHA interviews, Nancy Combs, Henry Ford Health System’s director of community health integration.


May 28, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought about new challenges for health care providers including the way teams communicate and work together. In this first of a two-part podcast, Elisa Arespacochaga, vice president, AHA Physician Alliance, sits down with two senior leaders from New York City-based Medisys Health Network to discuss how their clinical and administrative leaders are working together to lead their teams through this crisis.


May 28, 2020

In the second of this two-part podcast, Elisa Arespacochaga, vice president, AHA Physician Alliance, speaks with leaders at Henry Ford Health System discussing learnings and experiences as a result of COVID, specifically taking a look at the role of collaboration between clinical and administrative leaders to enable teams to be more effective together.


May 27, 2020

Parkview Health’s efforts to improve the physical environment, engage its clinical staff and increase training contributed to improved patient perception and a decrease in reported workplace violence. Learn from Parkview Health’s leadership on how this culture shift created compassionate connections between the workforce and improved safety for patients.


May 19, 2020

While workforce challenges are significant, there are many opportunities available to hospitals and health systems to improve care, motivate and re-skill staff, and modernize processes and business models that reflect the shift toward providing the right care, at the right time, in the right setting.

To develop actionable solutions, the AHA launched the Changing Workforce Task Force in the fall of 2019. The Task Force is charged with developing bold, new ideas to advance strategic thought leadership on the future of the health care workforce. The chair of the Task Force is Cathy Jacobson, president and CEO of Froedtert Health in Milwaukee, WI.

View the AHA Strategic Policy Planning: The Changing Workforce Task Force Infographic.


Nov 20, 2019
Mary Wakefield, visiting health care professor at Georgetown University School of Nursing & Health Stud
Nov 14, 2019
In this AHA Advancing Health Podcast, Stacy Blanchard, senior managing director at Accenture, and Joy Lewis, AHA vice president of strategic policy, discuss changes coming to the health care workforce.
Nov 13, 2019
Mark Chassin, M.D., president and CEO of The Joint Commission, sat on the Institute of Medicine committee that authored the landmark 1999 report.
Nov 11, 2019
In this podcast, Elisa Arespacochaga, Vice President of the AHA's Physician Alliance, speaks with Colonel Peter Napolitano (Ret.) to discuss lessons to be learned from military medicine about teams, teamwork, and communication.
Nov 11, 2019
The United States Armed Forces produces some of the best leaders in the world. By studying the way military leadership influences teamwork and cooperation, civilian organizations including hospitals and health systems are improving the way the work together and communicate.
Nov 6, 2019
Jonathan Perlin, M.D., president of clinical services and chief medical officer at HCA Healthcare and former chairman of the AHA Board of Trustees, and Nancy Foster, AHA vice president for quality and patient safety, discuss the landmark Institute of Medicine report and progress to build a safer health care system.
Oct 30, 2019
In this AHA Advancing Health podcast, Elisa Arespacochaga, vice president of the AHA Physician Alliance, Jay Bhatt, D.O., AHA senior vice president and chief medical officer, and Brian Juncker, par
Oct 23, 2019
In this AHA Advancing Health podcast, Julia Resnick, senior program manager for AHA's The Value Initiative, talks with staff members from Inova Health System in Virginia about their initiative to prevent unnecessary preoperative testing.
Oct 16, 2019
In this AHA Advancing Health podcast, Julia Resnick, senior program manager for the AHA’s The Value Initiative, and Steve Bovey, quality supervisor for the Empathy in Action program at Adventist He
Oct 9, 2019
In this AHA Advancing Health podcast, Eric Topol, M.D., Founder and Director of the Scripps Research Translational Institute, and Suzanna Hoppszallern, senior editor, AHA Center for Health Innovati