Episode 20 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.

2019, the inaugural year of the More than Health Care podcasts has come to a close. Those that listened to the episodes heard dedicated individuals provide inspiration and insight on the work they do and how each is contributing to a better society through a stronger and more viable intersection of healthcare and human services.

This new episode kicks-off 2020 with cohosts Jill Huynh and Tim Johnstone, along with podcast contributor Erin Keltner, reviewing what they discovered and were motivated by when listening to the 2019 guests. They also share what they are looking forward to learning more about from those who will be offering their perspective, vision, and experiences as podcast interviewees in 2020.

Huynh and Johnstone express how impressed they were with the talented and interesting individuals they spoke with, who are truly dedicated to their own organization’s goals, while also working to contribute to greater cross-sector collaboration to improve results for those needing a variety of services. “It’s amazing to me, it’s humbling actually to see how much brain horsepower is being applied here,” said Johnstone. As a result, he sees inroads being made in awareness, measurements, and partnerships that lead to funding success for new initiatives.

For 2020, Huynh and Johnstone are again looking forward to interviewing a slate of innovative, cross-sector professionals who are making significant contributions and breaking down barriers to meet economic and cultural challenges. Among myriad topics, Johnstone emphasizes that he would like to hear more solutions related to ending the linear fashion in which health and human service sectors still operate that impedes synergistic partnerships and data sharing. And Huynh wants to hear more about how community-based organizations are meeting their funding needs by uncovering and examining others’ original and inventive approaches.

The words Huynh, Johnstone, and Keltner used to describe their feelings about the past year’s and future podcasts, include excited, hopeful, inspired, and informed. It’s safe to say they are very grateful for what they learned in 2019 and enthusiastic about the knowledge they expect to acquire from each of the 2020 podcast guests.

Listen as Huynh, Johnstone, and Keltner express their feelings and insight as they review the 2019 podcasts and hear their expectations for their 2020 offerings in Episode 20 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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