Fairness First podcast
A project of the Southwest Health Equity Research Collaborative (SHERC) and the Media Innovation Center at Northern Arizona University, Fairness First is a podcast dedicated to exploring health equity issues in the Southwest — with a special focus on health equity in Northern Arizona.
SHERC researchers developed the podcast because they believe that good health starts in homes, neighborhoods, schools, work, and other communities places. Most importantly, SHERC believes that everyone deserves a fair opportunity to be as healthy as possible in their community no matter where they live.
[The Southwest Health Equity Research Collaborative is a grant -funded initiative (NIMHD grant # U54MD012388) of the Center for Health Equity Research at Northern Arizona University].
Episode 4: Health Equity Voices: Cristian Erick Tapia
Host: Alexandra Samarron
May was national nurses month, and Registered Nurse Cristian Erick Tapia talks about what it means to be a nurse in northern Arizona working with indigenous communities and his experience during the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to a recent report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine titled “The Future of Nursing 2020-2030: Charting a Path to Achieve Health Equity, 2021,” nurses have seen first hand COVID-19’s inequitable impact on the communities they serve. Nurses also have experienced first hand COVID-19’s inequitable impact as a profession with nurses being more likely to die from COVID-19 than are other health care professionals, and nurses of color are far more likely to die.
In 2020, we have seen how nurses represent powerful and vital agents in advancing health equity. Listen to our conversation in celebration and respect of nurses and their work to care for our communities.The Regional Health Equity Survey (RHES) was produced by the Southwest Health Equity Research Collaborative Funded by NIH 1U54MD012388.
Episode 3, part 2: Shared Vision for Health Equity (listen to part 1 first)
Host: Alexandra Samarron
The Southwest Health Equity Research Collaborative researchers, Dulce Jiménez and Mark Remiker engage in conversation with Alexandra Samarron about what the Regional Health Equity Survey is, and the key findings related to community leaders’ perspectives on health equity. The Regional Health Equity Survey (RHES) was produced by the Southwest Health Equity Research Collaborative Funded by NIH 1U54MD012388.
Episode 3, part 1: Shared Vision for Health Equity
Hosts: Alexandra Samarron and Dulce Jimenez
How comfortable do you think that senior management at your organization feel talking about discrimination, race and racism?
This is one of the questions included in the Regional Health Equity Survey (RHES) that addressed the social, environmental and economic conditions that impact the health and well-being of communities in Northern Arizona.
Join Alexandra Samarron and Dulce Jiménez, researchers with the Center for Health Equity Research, in a conversation with Lisa Blyth, Yavapai County Regional Director for First Things First—Arizona’s early childhood agency, committed to the healthy development and learning of young children from birth to age.
Listen to how after being a participant of the RHES, Blyth has engaged in deep reflections on social justice, racial inequity, and the action needed to engage in personal and organizational level transformation to advance health equity.
The Regional Health Equity Survey (RHES) was produced by the Southwest Health Equity Research Collaborative Funded by NIH 1U54MD012388.
Episode 2: What are Community-Campus Partnerships?
Host: Carmenlita Chief
Carmenlita Chief and Alexandra Samarron discuss community-campus partnerships with Emery Eaves, medical anthropologist (Northern Arizona University), Rita Wright, assistant clinical professor in the Department of Social Work (NAU) and community partner Marca McCallie, co-founder of Sage Home, a recovery-oriented system of care for families battling substance abuse. The purpose of this community campus partnership is to re-imagine community programs to focus on family unity, to support parents in recovery and prevent separation of children, and to think of culturally sensitive strategies that prioritize the well-being of families.
View the Fairness First Episode 2 Transcript
Episode 1: What is Health Equity Anyway?
Host: Alexandra Samarron
Health equity is a term that has gained popularity in recent years, especially in the public health sector. But what is it? According to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, health equity means that everyone has a fair and just opportunity to be as healthy as possible. In this episode, listen to conversations about the values, practices and dialogue involving health equity work and its influence in creating healthier and inclusive communities in the Southwest.