20-Minute Health Talk
A diversity emergency in EMS

A diversity emergency in EMS

April 12, 2021

In the world of emergency medical services (EMS), minorities and women are severely underrepresented, a problem that studies have shown can have consequences on quality of patient care. Bernard Robinson, director of operations for Northwell's Center for Emergency Medical Services, and Tara McEvoy, a paramedic supervisor at Lenox Hill Hospital, discuss the importance of diversity and inclusion in the field, as well their experiences during COVID-19.

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COVID-19 and addiction

COVID-19 and addiction

April 5, 2021

Overdoses have spiked since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, many Americans report having started or increased substance use as a way of coping with the crisis. Soteri Polydorou, MD, and Harshal Kirane, MD, discuss these alarming trends and how Northwell's many programs have adapted to meet the rising demand for substance abuse disorder treatment amid COVID-19. Topics include:

  • Wellbridge Addiction Treatment and Research Center, which launched amid the pandemic and is expanding access to critical substance abuse disorder services
  • What is an addiction?
  • Impact on families
  • Bringing research to practice

More from the experts

Dr. Polydorou discusses the support services available during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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I got the COVID vaccine. Now what?

I got the COVID vaccine. Now what?

March 29, 2021

Once we get vaccinated against COVID-19, what can we do and what can’t we do? David Hirschwerk, MD, interim chair of the department of medicine at Northwell Health and attending physician in the division of infectious diseases at North Shore University Hospital and LIJ Medical Center, explains.

More from the experts

Dr. Hirschwerk discusses the differences among the COVID-19 vaccines in a roundtable discussion. 

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Revolutionizing women’s health

Revolutionizing women’s health

March 22, 2021

Women have been understudied, undertreated and misdiagnosed for decades due to lack of representation in research studies. Stacey Rosen, MD, senior vice president of the Katz Institute for Women's Health explains the history of the one-size-fits-all approach to health care, eliminating health care disparities and the need for more gender-based research, and why healthier and well-informed women mean healthier families and healthier communities.

More from the experts

Dr. Rosen explains how her team is changing the way we care for women.

Reopening Long Island amid COVID-19

Reopening Long Island amid COVID-19

March 17, 2021
What will summer 2021 look like in New York? County Executives Laura Curran of Nassau and Steve Bellone of Suffolk join Northwell's Chief Medical Officer David Battinelli, MD, to discuss the importance of the COVID vaccines, mask wearing and social distancing in the process of reopening Long Island's economy. 

More from the experts

Dr. Battinelli talks about the health inequalities putting our nation at risk.
Playback Health connects patients and families during pandemic

Playback Health connects patients and families during pandemic

March 11, 2021

A mobile app co-founded by Lenox Hill Chair of Neurosurgery David Langer, MD, became a great source of connection during the height of COVID-19 in New York City. Hear from Dr. Langer, Playback Health CEO Greg Odland and Associate Executive Director of Experience Services for Northwell's New York City Region Joe Leggio, who helped deploy the tool throughout Lenox Hill Hospital during the pandemic. They discuss:

  • Evolving the technology
  • Creating and a new type of medical record
  • Expanding its use during COVID-19
  • Enhancing patient-to-provider and provider-to-provider communication

More from the experts

Dr. Langer stars in the Netflix series "Lenox Hill." Learn more and watch the series.

Kids, the COVID vaccines and clinical trials

Kids, the COVID vaccines and clinical trials

March 9, 2021

Children are the key to reaching herd immunity, but those younger than 16 are not yet eligible to receive the COVID vaccines. Clinical trials are underway testing the efficacy of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines in children. But, what does that mean for you and your family, as well as reaching community immunity? Drs. Charles Schleien and Henry Bernstein discuss.

Meet the experts

Dr. Schleien is the senior vice president and chair of the pediatric services at Northwell Health

Dr. Bernstein is a member of the Advisory Committee for Immunization Practices (ACIP) for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and a pediatrician at Northwell Health

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Breaking down the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine

Breaking down the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine

March 5, 2021

With a valuable third vaccine offering protection in the battle against COVID-19, Onisis Stefas, PharmD, Northwell's chief pharmacy officer, discusses how the J&J vaccine works, its efficacy and what it means for relieving the pandemic. 

More from Dr. Stefas

Dr. Stefas explains the science behind Pfizer and Moderna's mRNA COVID-19 vaccines: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t9mJa-V9r0c&list=PLOylAPfMBafmhQIwY75QbOzNcQEpz5tEr&index=7
 
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Health care heroes reflect on one-year anniversary of first COVID-19 patient

Health care heroes reflect on one-year anniversary of first COVID-19 patient

March 2, 2021

On March 2, 2020, Northwell Health saw its first COVID-19 patient. In a round table discussion, its CEO and two frontline heroes reflect on the year that followed on this special episode of the podcast.

  • Michael Dowling, president and CEO
  • Mangala Narasimhan, DO, vice president of critical care services
  • Sandra Lindsay, RN, intensive care unit (ICU) nurse at Long Island Jewish Medical Center and the first person in the United States to receive the COVID vaccine.

Each share who some of their heroes are, how COVID-19 affected them personally, their memories from the early days of the pandemic in New York and the hope that the vaccines now bring. 

 

Infectious disease expert talks new COVID-19 vaccines and variants

Infectious disease expert talks new COVID-19 vaccines and variants

February 26, 2021

While new variant strains of COVID-19 present new challenges, Bruce Farber, MD, chief of division of infectious diseases, says he remains optimistic. On this episode of the podcast, he talks about the potential impacts on the pandemic and how effective vaccines, including the Johnson & Johnson single-dose shot currently awaiting authorization, will be against these new variants.

More from the experts

Dr. Farber explains what to expect after getting the COVID-19 vaccine: side effects; immunity; what our new normal will look like; and more: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QEp6iYqWn9c&t=12s

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