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.


Oct 3, 2019
Duane Reynolds, president and CEO of the AHA’s Institute for Diversity and Health Equity, and Priya Bathija, vice president of AHA’s The Value Initiative, discuss how health equity is a moral issue that affects the length and quality of people’s lives.
Oct 2, 2019
In this AHA Advancing Health podcast, Julia Resnick, senior program manager for AHA’s The Value Initiative, leads a discussion about Z codes and their benefits in indicating a patient’s history, st
Sep 26, 2019
On this AHA Advancing Health podcast, Monica Noether and Sean May, both vice presidents at Charles River Associates, talk about a report they authored that found hospital mergers decrease costs, expand care and improve the ability to address social determinants of health.
Sep 25, 2019
In this AHA Advancing Health podcast for National Preparedness Month, Robert Kadlec, M.D., assistant secretary for preparedness and response at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, discusses how hospitals and the federal government can work together to meet the challenge of national readiness.
Sep 18, 2019
As part of National Rehabilitation Week, the AHA Advancing Health podcast focuses on partnerships between acute care hospitals and post-acute care facilities.
Sep 11, 2019
On this AHA Advancing Health podcast, Nancy Foster, AHA vice president of quality and safety policy, moderates a discussion on the need for an update to the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems survey.
Sep 4, 2019
In this podcast, Mital Patel, director of market intelligence for the AHA Center for Innovation speaks with Chris Looby, vice president of business development for Prescience Health, winners of of the 2019 Innovation Start-Up Challenge.
Sep 4, 2019
Health care providers across our diverse workforce are faced with an ever increasing complexity in the systems and approaches we use.
Aug 21, 2019
On this AHA Advancing Health Podcast, author Safi Bahcall shares innovation lessons from his recent book, <
Aug 21, 2019
OpenNotes is a growing movement to encourage greater access and transparency by allowing patients to see their care providers’ notes after visits and appointments.