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

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.

May 14, 2020

In this episode, Marie Cleary-Fishman, vice president of clinical quality at AHA is joined by Diane Meier, director of the Center to Advance Palliative Care and faculty at Mt. Sinai Health Systems in NYC and MacArthur genius awardee to discuss COVID-19’s impact on caring for seriously ill patients.


May 13, 2020

We will hear the story of hospital heroes caring for COVID-19 patients at Marshall Medical Center located in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in Northern California. Marshall is a full service, 125-bed not-for-profit hospital with a Level 3 trauma center serving El Dorado and its neighboring counties.

May 6, 2020

The American Hospital Association has a longstanding commitment to improving access to high quality, affordable treatment services for psychiatric and substance use disorders; commonly referred to has behavioral health disorders. This podcast series will explore one health system’s collaborative work with local and state agencies to collectively improve access to behavioral health care as well as employ preventive steps to reduce the overall need for services.


May 6, 2020

Recently, AHA published a compendium of case examples demonstrating the struggles and successes of rural hospitals battling COVID-19 in their communities. For this podcast, we honor our hospital heroes and focus on surviving the surge from the perspective of Alvin Hoover, CEO, King’s Daughters Medical Center, Brookhaven, Mississippi.



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
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.