Hormones in Harmony with Deborah Maragopoulos

maragopoulosIn this episode of Community Health Radio, we talk to Deborah Maragopoulos, a Family Nurse Practitioner specializing in neuro-immune-endocrinology.  Also known as the Hormone Queen, Deborah became an expert in gender identity, hormones and DNA after the birth of her intersex child.  Deborah is a well respected care provider to the LGBTQ community.

In our interview, Deborah talks about the choices she had to make after the birth of her intersex child.  We also discuss how hormones affect gender identity and some of the myths that still exist in this field.  Deborah also provides advice for parents who may be in a similar situation.

Phat Girl and the Sankara Parasite with Andi Katina

akatinaIn this episode of Community Health Radio, we talk to international author Andi Katina.  Having already written 20 titles, Andi was inspired to write Phat Girl and the Sankara Parasite as a way to help further the conversation about teen bullying.

In our interview, Andi talks about the role parents, teachers, and other adults play in correcting bullying behavior.  We also discuss whether this bullying phenomenon is centered here in the United States or if its widespread throughout the world.  We also take a deep dive into strategies to help kids and teens who are being bullied.

Managing the Medicare Open Enrollment Period

by Danielle Kunkle Roberts, Co-Founder Boomer Benefits

The Annual Medicare Open Enrollment Period (OEP) from October 15th – December 7 is the time of year when beneficiaries can make changes to their drug plan or Medicare Advantage (Part C) plans.  It occurs because the federal government updates the premiums, deductibles and limits for Part D every year.

When these things change, the insurance companies must re-design their plans for the following year accordingly. Since your benefits are changing, Medicare allows you an enrollment period to change to a different Continue reading

Medicare Answers with Jae Oh

JaeOhIn this episode of Community Health Radio, we welcome back Jae Oh to the podcast.  Jae is one of the top national experts on Medicare and is a contributor to mymedicareanswers.com – powered by the second largest provider of Medicare plans in the country, Humana.  He’s also the author of the book Maximize Your Medicare.

In our interview, Jae discusses how to sort through all of the literature many people have been receiving as the open enrollment period approaches.  He explains the purpose and some of the limitations of original Medicare (your red, white and blue card) and some of the advantages of pursuing additional coverage.  We also talk about the resources available to everyone when trying to make a decision about your coverage.

The Sports Doctor with Dr. Robert Weil

drbobIn this episode of Community Health Radio we talk to Dr. Robert Weil, also known as “The Sports Doctor.”  Dr. Bob has been featured in newspapers and hosts his own radio show discussing youth sports, orthotics, and sports medicine.  Through his career he has worked with Olympic athletes and recreational athletes alike.

In our interview, Dr. Bob discusses how developing an active lifestyle starts with an active family.  He also talks about the dangers of sports specialization for athletes that are still young and developing.  We also get his recommendations on how to find the right footwear and when its time to replace our worn out shoes.

Erase the Problem of Bullying with Jill Vanderwood

jvanderwoodIn this episode of Community Health Radio we talk to award winning author Jill Vanderwood.  After hearing about one of her grandchildren being bullied in school, Jill took that experience and combined it with her own childhood experiences of being bullied to create a new manifesto on how to erase bullying.

In our interview, Jill tells her very personal story of being bullied as a child and how it affected her life growing up.  She also talks about the different forms of bullying and how to distinguish true bullying behavior from the normal playing and teasing kids naturally engage in.

Host William Eisenbrandt also provides commentary on the state of bullying and how parents can help their kids deal with a bully.

Boomer Benefits with Danielle Kunkle

dkunkleIn this episode of Community Health Radio, we talk to Danielle Kunkle, a founding partner of Boomer Benefits, a family-owned agency specializing in Medicare-related insurance products since 2005.   An expert in the Medicare-sector of the health insurance industry, Danielle has spoken about Medicare to hundreds of groups over the last ten years, including employer groups, hospitals and community organizations around Texas. She is also an approved instructor for the state’s 8 hour Medicare-related Products Certification course.

In our interview, Danielle and I discuss some of the key strategies people newly eligible for Medicare should be using right now before the open enrollment period begins.  We also discuss the types of additional coverage everyone on Medicare should be looking at.  Finally we talk about whether or not it makes sense to use a licensed agent to help select the right coverage.

Do you know the ABCS for Safe Infant Sleep?

On average, almost 20 Idaho babies die in their sleep each year due to accidental suffocation, overheating, strangulation or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).  While twenty might not seem like a lot, Idaho ranks 30% higher than the national average for sudden infant deaths. Following the ABCS of Safe Infant Sleep will help keep your sleeping baby safe.

SIDS is defined as the sudden, unexplained death of an infant younger than 1 year of age that remains unexplained after Continue reading

Fit4D with David Weingard

dweingardIn this episode of Community Health Radio, we talk to David Weingard CEO of Fit4D, a company focused on helping people manage diabetes and other chronic conditions.  David was inspired to launch Fit4D by his own diagnosis and the journey he took to finally manage his diabetes.

In our interview, we discuss how technology is improving the effectiveness of clinicians when dealing with chronic conditions.  We also talk about the role of education and support for patients who are trying to develop a healthier lifestyle.  We also look at how the medical industry is using technology to get better outcomes and meet the new value-based care model.

Connecting Care with Shared Medical Appointments

Imagine the next time you schedule a doctor’s office visit you were given the option of meeting with a team of medical professionals for an hour.  You would be given the chance to ask questions, learn about your medical conditions, and build long term strategies for a healthy lifestyle.

This is exactly what is happening during shared medical appointments.  While still relatively rare, shared medical appointments have nearly doubled in popularity over the past 10 years according to the American Academy of Family Physicians.  As they continue to become more popular, it’s important to understand what they are and why this new approach is so successful.

In a typical shared medical appointment (SMA), a multidisciplinary team meets with anywhere from 8 to 15 patients for about 60 to 90 minutes.  Depending on the focus of the appointment, Continue reading