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Season 1 took a deeper look at racism and health. Experts from Buffalo and around the U.S. talk about how racism negatively impacts health, groups working to address this problem, and how to make our classes and campus more inclusive for all students.​  

Season 2 looks at nutrition through a health equity lens. Stay tuned for episodes featuring experts from Buffalo all the way to Tanzania.

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LGBTQ+ Inclusive Health Care

Dr. Grant Parrelli

June 01, 2023 | 37:57 minutes

Join Miranda Bosse, MPH, MSW as she interviews CEO and Founder of Professionally Proud, and recent medical school graduate Dr. Grant Parrelli, MD.  Professionally Proud and its products are rooted in patient advocacy and Dr. Parrelli's personal experience as a patient, client and working professional in the health care setting. Professionally Proud strives to make allyship and representation visible for the LGBTQ+ community in the health care setting. 

Dr. Grant Parrelli.

Dr. Grant Parrelli

Food Sovereignty and Refugee Health

Alexandra Judelsohn and Dao Kamara

May 04, 2023 | 42:45 minutes

Join UB grad students Elisabeth Stowell and Veronika Semenova as they speak with PhD candidate and UB alumna Alex Judelsohn, MUP, and Providence Farm Collective community engagement coordinator Dao Kamara about food sovereignty for refugees in Buffalo, NY.

A photo of Alex Judelsohn looking out a window and Dao Kamara in a farm field.

Alexandra Judelsohn and Dao Kamara

National Public Health Week

Annamarie Malik, Dr. Akua Gyamerah, Danise Wilson, Dr. Christine Linkie, Dr. Frank Cerny, Dr. Albina Minlikeeva, Dr. Jennifer Temple

Apr. 06, 2023 | 36:04 minutes

It's National Public Health Week, and this month's episode features seven amazing guest speakers who talk about the daily themes of this year's NPHW.  The overarching theme for NPHW this year is Centering and Celebrating Cultures in Health.  

North Campus' iron bull wearing a COVID mask.

Food and Water Insecurity

Dr. Nadia Koyratty

Mar. 02, 2023 | 39:58 minutes

Join UB Master's students Nicholas Levano (public health), Danielle Nerber (public health and medicine), and Nikitha Cothari (biomedical informatics) as they interview Epidemiologist and Global Health Researcher Dr. Nadia Koyratty, PhD, MS about food and water insecurity in low-, middle-, and high-income countries.  

Dr. Nadia Koyratty.

Dr. Nadia Koyratty

Urban Agriculture, Food Contamination, and Food Insecurity

Dr. Prathima Nalam, Dr. Anna Paltseva, Jeanette Koncikowski

Feb. 02, 2023 | 48:59 minutes

Join Master of Public Health students, Sarah Robinson and Leah Bargnesi, as they interview Dr. Prathima Nalam, Dr. Anna Paltseva, and Jeanette Koncikowski on their joint project tackling lead contamination in urban soil.  These three experts are working together to use natural resources like mycelium, the root-like structure of a fungus, to absorb lead contamination and make urban gardening and farming safe in the Buffalo community.

Grassroots Gardens of WNY.

Grassroots Gardens of WNY

Inclusive Nutrition

Catherine Brown

Jan. 05, 2023 | 40:50 minutes

After becoming a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Katie Brown worked in both hospital and nursing home settings providing medical nutrition therapy for several years, where she gained experience working with patients with mental illness and prior psychiatric hospitalizations. Throughout her career and personal experience, Katie has found that healthcare can be very uncomfortable and alienating for people, especially those who are mentally and/or physically disabled.

Catherine Brown.

Catherine Brown

Improving Nutrition in the Spanish-Speaking Community

Maria Aguero de Manunta

Dec. 01, 2022 | 28:41 minutes

Maria Aguero de Manunta is a local dietitian from Paraguay who previously worked for Neighborhood Health Center in Buffalo, N.Y.  As a Spanish-speaking dietitian, she is making significant progress in reaching our predominantly Spanish-speaking population in Buffalo related to nutrition care, specifically diabetes, weight management and heart disease.  Maria is currently serving as the clinical director for University at Buffalo's Department of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences.  

Maria Aguero de Manunta.

Maria Aguero de Manunta


HIV/AIDS and Food Insecurity

Jacob Bleasdale

Nov. 03, 2022 | 25:32 minutes

Jacob Bleasdale, MS, is a fourth-year doctoral candidate in the Department of Community Health and Health Behavior at UB's School of Public Health and Health Professions. His program of research seeks to understand the multi-level determinants of HIV prevention and treatment among communities most impacted by the HIV epidemic. Specifically, his dissertation work explores the complex relationships between food insecurity and engagement in the HIV care continuum.

Jacob Bleasdale.

Jacob Bleasdale

Tanzania's Cash Plus Nutrition Program

Jennifer Matafu

Oct. 06, 2022 | 27:25 minutes

Last spring, our cohost, Dr. Tia Palermo, had the opportunity to travel to Tanzania and speak with Jennifer Matafu of UNICEF about a social protection intervention aimed to improve children's nutrition.  In this episode, we dive deep into the value of programs such as UNICEF's Productive Social Safety Net (PSSN) and learn why models such as these could be critical in eradicating poverty. 

Tia Palermo interviewing Jennifer Matafu in Tanzania.

Tia Palermo and Jennifer Matafu

Climate Health

Derek Nichols

June 16, 2022 | 36:13 minutes

The winning team for the Office of Global Health Initiatives Climate-Health Innovation Sprint (Kayla Giglia, Dr. Saad Alasil, Tiffany Mai) interviews Derek Nichols about the connection between climate change and health.

Derek Nichols.

Derek Nichols

Recreational Cannabis Legalization in New York State

Dr. R. Lorraine Collins

Apr. 20, 2022 | 49:18 minutes

Recreational cannabis legalization in New York State comes with many questions.  This conversation between podcast cohost Schuyler Lawson and renowned researcher Dr. R. Lorraine Collins answers all of them.  Listen to learn more about the legalization process, regulatory issues and social justice around cannabis legalization on this 4/20.

Dr. R. Lorraine Collins.

Dr. R. Lorraine Collins

Tobacco-Related Health Disparities

Dr. Monica Webb-Hooper

May 19, 2022 | 33:33 minutes

Tobacco-related health disparities are a pressing issue in the area of tobacco prevention and cessation. Schuyler Lawson sits down with Dr. Monica Webb-Hooper of the NIMHD to discuss the implications of tobacco on communities of color, and why these disparities exist in the first place. 

Students pruning tobacco plants in the Dorsheimer Greenhouse.

Students pruning tobacco plants in the Dorsheimer Greenhouse. Photographer: Douglas Levere

Attitudes Around Disability

Dr. Sue Mann Dolce

Mar. 17, 2022 | 34:39 minutes

Attitudes around disability are constantly evolving. Buffalo HealthCast co-host Dr. Jessica Kruger speaks with Dr. Sue Mann Dolce, currently associate director of accessibility resources at the University at Buffalo, about accessibility in public spaces and how we can adjust our attitudes to make the world a more welcoming and accessible environment for everyone. 

Dr. Sue Mann Dolce.

 Dr. Sue Mann Dolce

Transgender Health

Landon McNee

Feb. 17, 2022 | 19:05 minutes

Buffalo HealthCast guest host and MPH student Kellen Montanye speaks with life and transition coach, LGBTQ activist, and motivational speaker Landon McNee about transgender health services in the United States and the barriers trans individuals often face when receiving health care.

Landon McNee.

Landon McNee

Incarceration and Health

Cindi McEachon

Jan. 21, 2022 | 27:15 minutes

Buffalo HealthCast co-host Dr. Jessica Kruger speaks with the CEO of Peaceprints of WNY, Cindi McEachon, about incarceration and its effect on the health of those who were recently released from a justice setting and what Peaceprints of WNY is doing to bridge the gap in disparities.

Cindi McEachon.

Cindi McEachon

Gender-Based Violence in Adolescents

Kate Rogers

Dec. 2, 2021 | 30:08 minutes

MPH student Rachel Wenner speaks with University at Buffalo PhD candidate Kate Rogers about gender-based violence among adolescents and the work of Crisis Services of Buffalo and Erie County to combat this problem throughout Western New York.

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes community march against gender violence at the South Campus, starting at Harriman Hall.

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes community march against gender violence at the South Campus, starting at Harriman Hall.

Abortion Access

Debora McDell-Hernandez & Professor Lucinda Finley

Nov. 19, 2021 | 48:38 minutes

Debora McDell-Hernandez of Planned Parenthood, Prof. Lucinda Finley of University at Buffalo and host Tia Palermo discuss abortion access, cases pending in front of the Supreme Court and implications of abortion restrictions for poor individuals and pregnant people of color. 

"Don't take away my birth control" poster.

Protest in Washington, DC

Breast Cancer Disparities

The Witness Project

Oct. 21, 2021 | 37:29 minutes

Co-host Natasha Allard interviews First Lady Charmaine Geeter and First Lady Narseary Harris from the National Witness Project, along with Dr. Ermelinda Bonaccio from Roswell Park, on their efforts to overcome breast cancer screening disparities among African American women in Western New York and on racial discrimination in health care setting.

Dr. Ermelinda Bonaccio, of Roswell Park Cancer Center.

Dr. Ermelinda Bonaccio, of Roswell Park Cancer Center

Refugee Health in Buffalo

Dr. Myron Glick

Sep. 23, 2021 | 33:34 minutes

Co-host Tia Palermo interviews Dr. Myron Glick, founder and CEO of Jericho Road, a community health center in Buffalo, N.Y., on their work attending to the health care needs of refugee populations, including coordinated efforts of Jericho Road with Buffalo's refugee resettlement agencies to assist Afghan evacuees. To donate to their efforts, visit wnyrac.org.

Dr. Myron Glick poses for a portrait at the Jericho Road Community Health Center in February 2019.

Dr. Myron Glick poses for a portrait at the Jericho Road Community Health Center in February 2019.

The Pathways Academy

Adam Graczyk and Sidney McFoy

Aug. 19, 2021 | 19:07 minutes

Co-host Jessica Kruger of University at Buffalo School of Health Public Health and Health Professions speaks with Adam Graczyk and Sidney McFoy about the Pathways Academy in Buffalo. This program introduces underrepresented minority high school students from Buffalo to public health through hands-on experiences, campus tours and more.

Participants in the UB School of Public Health and Health Professions Public Health Summer Camp take part in a segment 'All About Germs' in Kimball Tower on Monday, Aug. 14.

Participants in the UB School of Public Health and Health Professions Public Health Summer Camp take part in a segment 'All About Germs' in Kimball Tower on Monday, Aug. 14.

The African Heritage Food Co-Op

Alexander J. Wright, JD

Jul. 15, 2021 | 34:20 minutes

Alexander J. Wright, JD, is a University at Buffalo School of Law alum. He is the current president and founder of the African Heritage Food Co-Op, a non-profit organization created to address food insecurity in the City of Buffalo caused by systemic racism.

Alexander J. Wright.

Alexander J. Wright

The Deficit Mindset

Dr. Terri Watson

Jun. 24, 2021 | 56:14 minutes

In this month’s podcast we have a conversation with Dr. Terri Watson about the importance of diversity and representation in academia.

Dr. Terri Watson.

Dr. Terri Watson

COVID-19 Health Disparities in Buffalo

Stan Martin and Ebony White

May 20, 2021 | 43:17 minutes

PhD candidate Schuyler Lawson interviews Stan Martin of Cicatelli Associates, Inc. and Ebony White with the African-American Health Equity Task Force about health inequities in Buffalo's Black/African American communities in the COVID-19 era.

Stan Martin.

Stan Martin

Diversity and Inclusion in Faculty Hiring

Dr. Adia Harvey Wingfield

Apr. 15, 2021 | 29:49 minutes

Adia Harvey Wingfield is the Mary Tileston Hemenway Professor of Arts and Sciences, and Associate Dean for Faculty Development at Washington University in St. Louis. Her research examines how and why racial and gender inequality persists in professional occupations.

Dr. Adia Harvey Wingfield.

Dr. Adia Harvey Wingfield

Balancing School, Work, and Activism

Temara Cross, BS/MPH student

Mar. 25, 2021 | 22:51 minutes

Temara Cross was born and raised on the east side of Buffalo, N.Y. She is currently a senior/first-year graduate student at the University at Buffalo, majoring in African-American Studies and pursuing a BS/MPH in public health, concentrating in community health and health behavior.

The Igniting Hope conference was held at the Medical School Building in August 2019. The conference was two days focused on building a culture of health and ending African American health disparities. During some break-out sessions on Saturday afternoon, students with the School of Public Health and Health Professions helped facilitate discussions. Photographer: Meredith Forrest Kulwicki.

The 2019 Igniting Hope conference focused on building a culture of health and ending African American health disparities. Temara participates in one of the break-out sessions.

Social Determinants of Health in Buffalo

Reverend George Nicholas

Feb. 25, 2021 | 58:52 minutes

Reverend George Nicholas is the pastor of Lincoln Memorial United Methodist Church in Buffalo, an active member of the Concerned Clergy Coalition of WNY, and co-convener of the African-American Health Equity Task Force. Listen and learn about public health community engagement from both of these organizations, as well as how public health and COVID-19 have interacted with our Buffalo community.

Reverend George Nicholas.

Reverend George Nicholas