Civic Rx

Civic Rx

In ways both historic and difficult to anticipate, the COVID-19 pandemic is every day transforming how we live, work, build community and define ourselves as Americans. How did we get here? What might a post-pandemic future hold? At a time of pervasive uncertainty, who are the arbiters of truth? And how can we leverage this moment to reimagine and demand a society that better cares for its most vulnerable? From her position on the front lines, Dr. Sejal Hathi, M.D., M.B.A., brings you wide-ranging conversations with leaders in government, public health, culture, and technology who are shaping our collective response to these questions.

On public policy and health in the Trump era: a scathing indictment, with Dr. Steffie Woolhandler (EP.20)
February 19, 2021
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On public policy and health in the Trump era: a scathing indictment, with Dr. Steffie Woolhandler (EP.20)

One year ago this month, America lost its first life to the coronavirus. Since then, nearly 500,000 Americans have succumbed to the pandemic, and many more have lost their family, their classrooms, and their livelihoods. No person has been more widely reviled for dooming our response than former Pr...

In science we trust: Dr. Celine Gounder on trust, disinformation, & COVID-19 (EP.19)
January 21, 2021
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In science we trust: Dr. Celine Gounder on trust, disinformation, & COVID-19 (EP.19)

Yesterday, we inaugurated a new president and vice president, and with them, a government invested in science, grounded in evidence, and committed to transparent and compassionate leadership.  Today, they face a global pandemic that has devastated the American economy, stolen 400,000 lives, and...

A conversation about health equity, with Dr. Kermit Jones (EP.18)
January 14, 2021
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A conversation about health equity, with Dr. Kermit Jones (EP.18)

In countless ways, the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed, exploited, and exacerbated the racial inequities long endemic to our healthcare system. Today we talk with Dr. Kermit Jones, a primary care physician, lawyer, and former Navy flight surgeon about the interaction between COVID-19 and longstanding ...

Highlighting a community-driven approach to gun safety, featuring Dr. LJ Punch (EP.17)
December 17, 2020
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Highlighting a community-driven approach to gun safety, featuring Dr. LJ Punch (EP.17)

Dr. LJ Punch (they/them/theirs) is a critical care surgeon, a former professor of trauma surgery at Washington University St. Louis, and a staunch advocate for gun violence prevention. For the past four years, they have been building the T, an anti-violence center in St Louis that supports the local...

From pandemic to policy: prescriptions to treat our national mental health crisis (EP.16)
December 03, 2020
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From pandemic to policy: prescriptions to treat our national mental health crisis (EP.16)

Today I’m thrilled to welcome two friends and brilliant policy leaders, Dr. Ben Miller and Dr. Kavita Patel, to explore what policies the Biden-Harris administration might undertake to redress the country’s rapidly worsening mental health and addiction crises.  America is on the brink of an unpreced...