116 Food Safety, Nutrition and Hunger Sponsored by HPRC


When it comes to food safety; each year, roughly 1 in 6 Americans (approximately 48 million people) get sick from foodborne illnesses.

When it comes to accessing nutritious food, the sad reality is that many Americans cannot conveniently access nutritious food at an affordable price. Some neighborhoods in America are known as “food deserts” and “food swamps;” places where it’s hard to find nutritious food and where a lot of bad food options exist.

Despite living in one of the wealthiest states in the country, many Marylanders struggle with hunger.  One in eight households constantly struggle with hunger.  Approximately 21 percent of households with children struggle to obtain enough food to eat regular healthy meals.  And nearly 10 percent of Marylanders live below the poverty line.

In this episode we discuss the startling details surrounding food safety, access to nutritious food, and hunger.  You will learn what role public policy played in creating our current food system and how public policy can help improve it.  You will also learn about the role each of us can play in influencing the public policy that can help us obtain better access to safe and nutritious foods, combat hunger, and in the end improve our overall health.

This episode is brought to you by The Health Policy Resource Consortium, also known as HPRC.  HPRC’s mission is to educate and inform the public about public policy, how public policy can improve our health, and what each of us can do to drive public policy decisions in our communities.

Byron Sogie-Thomas, HPRC’s Deputy Director for Health Policy Research and Analysis and Michael J. Wilson, the Director of Maryland Hunger Solutions are the guests for this episode.

113 What You Need To Know About Open Enrollment 2017 – Sponsored by the Health Policy Research Consortium


obamacare-healthDo you have questions regarding Open Enrollment and the future of Obamacare? If so, the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) is the topic of this episode.  Byron Sogie Thomas of the Health Policy Research Consortium and Ben Turner of the Primary Care Coalition discuss and answer questions about the Open Enrollment process.

Ben Turner outlines seven steps to get you through the open enrollment process and Byron Sogie Thomas talks about how we can have our voices heard when it comes to any changes in policy surrounding the future of the Affordable Care Act.

If you have questions regarding the lingo, be sure to visit www.destinationhealth.me.  It is written at the 4th grade level and contains videos and more to help you better understand the definitions.

Visit www.hprc.info for more information.

109 Breast Cancer Awareness with the Health Policy Research Consortium


breast-cancer-logoIn recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Mr. Byron Sogie-Thomas, Deputy Director for Health Policy Research & Analysis at the Health Policy Research Consortium, and Dr. Edith Mitchell, Professor of Medical Oncology at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center and past President of the National Medical Association shared their knowledge about breast cancer.

In this episode we have a frank discussion about the causes breast cancer, the risk factors, who’s at risk, what we know about prevention, breast cancer in men, what the current research  shows, how public policy can help reduce the burden of this disease, including how to pay for screenings and the ease of navigating the health care system if you or a family member has been diagnosed with breast cancer, and more.

Breast cancer strikes fear in the heart of women and far too many continue to die from this disease.   This is especially true for African American women, who are more likely to die from breast cancer, even though they are diagnosed at the same rate as White and Hispanic women.

hprc-logo3This episode was sponsored by the Health Policy Research Consortium, also known as HPRC.  HPRC’s focus is public policy and their goal is to keep you informed about the many ways that public policy can affect your health.  To learn more about HPRC’s research findings, blogs, events, and their Health Connect Prince George’s mobile app, please visit their website at www.hprc.info.


107 How to Fight for Environmental Justice in Your Community (Sponsored by HPRC)


environment1In many places around the country there is growing concern about the health effects of environmental hazards, from lead in the water, to nitrogen dioxide in the air.  These hazardous toxins can turn our communities into death traps. And there is plenty of evidence that these dangers are not equally borne by all populations.

Byron Sogie-Thomas with Health Policy Research Consortium, also known as HPRC discusses the role of public policy in preventing or correcting environmental hazards and improving our health.

Kamita Gray and Al Weaver, leaders of the Brandywine Two Bridges Southern Region Neighborhood Coalition talk about how they are using community engagement to drive public policy in their fight with a very large environmental hazard; namely emissions from not one, but a third fossil-fuel power plant in their neighborhood in Maryland.

Neil Gormley with Earth Justice in Washington, DC talks about this entire issue of Environmental Justice and what we can do to protect our communities from these environmental hazards.

104 Vaccinations & Immunizations – Health Policy Research Consortium (HPRC)


vaccine shot immunizationAugust is National Immunization Awareness Month, which is an annual observance that highlights the importance of vaccinations.

Dr. Willarda Edwards and Byron Sogie-Thomas from the Health Policy Research Consortium discuss the importance of getting your children vaccinated for the upcoming school year.  They discuss the shingles, flu, and pneumonia vaccines, and concerns about the health risks (perceived or otherwise) associated with vaccinations.

They also discuss the role of public policy in providing widespread access to vaccines, how vaccines prevent disease outbreaks, who should take them, how effective they are in saving lives and saving money, and why some people would rather not take them. You will also learn about the history of how immunizations took place before vaccinations came on the scene.


085.02 Entrepreneurship, Parenting, Gastric Bypass Surgery – A Conversation with Michael A. Graves


time for changeMichael A. Graves of Graves Advisory Group, LLC, Black Enterprise Magazine, and C-Suite Sports Radio Show talks about growing up with iconic parents, Mr. Earl Graves, Senior and the late Barbara Graves, founders of Black Enterprise Magazine.  Michael shares his tips on the need to embrace change by reinventing ourselves, successful entrepreneurship, parenting, his gastric bypass surgery, and much more.

078 How To Care for Our Feet and the Clues They Tell Us About Our Health


Dr. Lloyd Thomas Bowser is a Corporate Podiatrist at Oak Crest Village and the President and CEO of the 3D Foot Doctor.

In this episode he shares important information about how to care for our feet, the clues our feet can provide about the state of our health.

If you are a runner, Dr. Bowser uses this amazing technology called the Noraxon Running Analysis that shows in real time what is happening to our anatomy while running. It identifies the problem areas and the necessary corrections to enhance performance and reduce the likelihood of injuries.

Ways to reach Dr. Bowser:
Email: 3dfootdr@gmail.com
Website: http://3dfootdr.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/3dfootdr/?fref=ts
Check out the Noraxon technology and video at:
Website: Noraxon.com
Video: http://youtu.be/Gw1sTIklFF8

045 Overcoming the Mental Hurdles to Fitness


045 Brian BaileyBrian K. Bailey of Fit Tyme Productions shares his 5 Success Principles for overcoming the mental barriers to getting and staying fit and healthy.

Brian also believes in the power of affirmations and he shares 5 Daily Affirmations that you can use each day to keep you motivated, especially during those days when the going gets tough.  These affirmations are really awesome and they help to offset the negative messages we receive from our subconscious when we try to initiate change.

Although Brian does not endorse the “quick fix” approaches to losing weight, he is sensitive to the fact that most people want to get in shape for a short term event like a wedding, class reunion, or for the spring and summer months.  As a result, he likes to encourage people to take his “10 Day Challenge,” which has been proven to take the pounds off quickly, but in a healthier fashion that could ultimately lead to a lifestyle change. However, he cautions that once you take the challenge, you will love the results so much, that you may never go back to those old habits.

When it comes to the most important change we can make to help us on our journey to good health, Brian says that drinking lots of water is the key and you should focus on drinking at least an amount equal to 50% of your body weight.

Most of the challenges we face with change of any sort is mental.  This show will help you to focus on identifying what your mental hurdles are and  how you can begin the journey to overcome them.