Episode 19 of the More than Health Care: A Community Health Conversation podcast is now available on the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities’ website and on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, and Spotify. Every other week, a new episode uncovers keys to collaboration and holistic health in pursuit of improved health outcomes and lower costs for all.  

Deanna Singh’s title is chief change agent, which captures her philosophy and devotion to impact people’s lives positively. This is exhibited in Purposeful Hustle, the book she wrote, which guides readers to be effective change makers by blending intentional thought with intentional action.

By living this way, Singh feels both purpose and harmony in life can be found. For herself, that purpose centers on shifting power to marginalized communities, “If somebody, or a community, or an organization really doesn’t feel like they have the power, my goal is to try and show them … here are some ways you can access it, here are some of the things you can actually do so you can bring that power to the forefront,” said Singh. “It’s about giving people that pathway onto the road where they can use the power they already have.”

For Singh, that power is related to a life in harmony, not life balance. She explains that life balance means all things in equilibrium, and in today’s demanding and fast-paced world, she feels that’s not practical. Instead, working toward harmony is key, “It means that you know there’s going to be times where work is your primary focus, where your kids are your primary focus, where your family is your primary focus, but what you’ve done is you’ve created a structure around your life that allows you to ebb and flow with the way those things are actually happening,” explains Singh.

The melding of purpose and harmony is demonstrated in Singh’s Flying Elephant Foundation that is funded by the proceeds from the children’s books she writes. To create purposeful change and expand reach beyond the audience who grasps the messages within the books’ narrative, the foundation provides needed attention and financial support to organizations delivering similar thoughts and ideas. In addition, Singh experiences harmony with the inclusion of her children in the decision-making process regarding which organizations receive funding. In effect, Singh’s personal and professional worlds come together in purposeful harmony through intentional thought delivered through intentional action.

Listen as Singh explains how being in harmony combined with intentional thought and action can make you a "change maker" in Episode 19 of the  More than Health Care Podcast  available through the Alliance website or subscribe on the Apple Podcast, Google Play, or Spotify apps

About the Podcast

While many are realizing that collaboration and holistic approaches are the solution, the health care and human services sectors are struggling to find the right formula to realize the full potential. The More than Health Care podcast is designed to help organizations overcome barriers to partnerships resulting from cultural differences, financial pressures, and rules and regulations. 

In addition to showcasing inspiring examples of integration from across the country, featured experts will expose the myths, misconceptions, and shortcomings of efforts to address the social determinants of health through collaboration across sectors. 

This podcast is presented by the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities, Ascentria Care Alliance, and Beech Acres Parenting Center. Cohosts Jill Huynh, vice president of new business development at Beech Acres, and Tim Johnstone, executive vice president of community services at Ascentria, work at the intersection of health and human services, bringing the expertise and practical experience to uncover key takeaways for improving health care and human services integration. 

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