Each week Ryan Gorman discusses important national topics with experts, newsmakers, and organizations working to make a positive difference in communities across the country.
Tips on Talking to Kids & Teens About School Shootings
Ryan Gorman hosts an iHeartRadio nationwide special featuring Dr. Jennifer Katzenstein, Director of Psychology, Neuropsychology, and Social Work & Co-Director of the Center for Behavioral Health at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital. Dr. Katzenstein discusses strategies to help parents communicate with children and young adults in the aftermath of a tragedy, like the recent school shooting in Nashville. Dr. Katzenstein also explains signs to watch for in children struggling with these events and others who could harm themselves or those around them.
COVID Vaccine Update & The American Red Cross
Ryan Gorman hosts an iHeartRadio nationwide special featuring Dr. Ala Stanford, HHS Regional Director for Region III. Dr. Stanford discusses the COVID-19 vaccines, including a shift to an all-bivalent approach, who should prioritize receiving one, and women’s health issues that have been affected by the pandemic. Jennifer Pipa, Vice President of Disaster Programs for the American Red Cross, also joins the show. Jennifer Pipa explains the American Red Cross's work in response to a wide range of disasters, disaster preparation tips, and the importance of donating blood.
U.S. Banking & Financial System Explainer
Ryan Gorman hosts an iHeartRadio nationwide special featuring Sultan Meghji, former Chief Innovation Officer at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation & Duke University Professor. Sultan Meghji breaks down the U.S. banking and financial systems following the recent collapse of Silicon Valley Bank, including the role of the Federal Reserve and the FDIC.
Women's History Month & Researching Contagious Viruses
Ryan Gorman hosts an iHeartRadio nationwide special featuring Christine Guilfoyle, President of See Her. Christine Guilfoyle joins the show to discuss Women’s History Month, International Women’s Day, and the See Her mission to increase the representation and accurate portrayal of all women and girls in marketing, media, and entertainment. Jessica Malaty Rivera, Infectious Disease Epidemiologist and Research Assistant at the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health & Center for Health Security, also joins the show. Jessica Malaty Rivera discusses how scientists study and research emerging viral threats, what we’ve learned from the COVID-19 pandemic, and what the latest data tell us about the safety and efficacy of the COVID vaccines.
America's Mental Health Crisis & Preventing Veteran Suicide
Ryan Gorman hosts an iHeartRadio nationwide special featuring Dr. Alfiee Breland-Noble, an internationally recognized psychologist, author, and founder of The AAKOMA Project. Dr. Noble discusses the Ad Council's Sound It Out Together campaign, focusing on providing resources for parents and caregivers to talk with their kids about mental health and issues they may be experiencing that are impacting their health and well-being. Dr. Noble also provides insight into the latest data on youth mental health, including an alarming new study done by the CDC. Jim Lorraine, President & CEO of America's Warrior Partnership, also joins the show. Jim Lorraine discusses the issue of veteran suicide, including the latest strategies available to help stop veterans from reaching that crisis point. In light of National Caregivers Day, Jim Lorraine also explains caregivers' crucial role in caring for our veterans.
Heart Health Month & Youth Mental Health
Ryan Gorman hosts an iHeartRadio nationwide special featuring Dr. Barbara Kevish, Associate VP at UPMC Health Plan & Practicing Primary Care Physician. Dr. Kevish discusses Heart Health Month and steps everyone can take to limit the risk of cardiovascular disease. Dr. Kevish also explains some of the most common cardiovascular issues, like heart attacks and strokes. Dr. Amy Green, Head of Research at Hopelab, also joins the show. Dr. Green breaks down a recent CDC report on youth mental health that found that an alarming number of girls across the country are experiencing sadness and hopelessness. Dr. Green steps through the data and some of the potential underlying reasons for the results.
Office of Intergovernmental and External Affairs & The National College Resources Foundation
Ryan Gorman hosts an iHeartRadio nationwide special featuring Marvin B. Figueroa, Director of the Office of Intergovernmental and External Affairs (IEA) at HHS. Director Figueroa discusses HHS’ efforts to reach Black Americans, specifically as it relates to COVID-19, and the numerous other priorities that the department is currently working on, such as mental health care and overall health equity. Dr. Theresa Price, Founder & CEO of the National College Resources Foundation, also joins the show. Dr. Price discusses her organization’s mission to reduce the high school dropout rate, increase degree and certificate enrollment among disadvantaged and underserved communities, and close educational achievement gaps.
History of the Space Program, Healthy Eating Tips for Kids & Brain Injury Awareness
Ryan Gorman hosts an iHeartRadio nationwide special featuring Astronaut Dr. Ana Fisher & Meredith Bagby, Author of The New Guys: The Historic Class of Astronauts That Broke Barriers and Changed the Face of Space Travel. Dr. Fisher discusses her career in the space program and the historic mission of becoming the first mom in space. Meredith Bagby explains the importance of a group of astronauts that opened the door in the space program for a new generation of space explorers from all different walks of life. Devin Alexander, The Biggest Loser Chef & Author of The Land of Secret Superpowers: Vegetables, also joins the show. Chef Alexander explains the importance of vegetables for children and offers tips on making them more appealing. She also provides advice for those looking to become healthier in 2023. Finally, we check in with Chris Carr, Former NFL Player, Concussion Advocate and Board Member for ‘Brain Injury Services.’ Chris Carr breaks down the issue of brain injuries and concussions, including how to spot them and what steps to take if you or someone you know is suffering from one.
Administration for Community Living & Stand Together's 1 Million Strong Campaign
Ryan Gorman hosts an iHeartRadio nationwide special featuring Alison Barkoff, Acting Administrator and Assistant Secretary for Aging and Principal Deputy Administrator at the Administration for Community Living. Alison Barkoff explains the role of ACL in assisting older adults and those with disabilities, along with the importance of COVID-19 vaccines for those specific groups of individuals. Brian Hooks, Chairman & CEO of Stand Together, also joins the show. Brian Hooks discusses the work Stand Together does as a philanthropic community tackling the root causes of America’s biggest problems. Brian also highlights the 1 Million Strong campaign, an initiative that seeks to transform how people think about addiction and recovery.
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality & Creating a New Mindset for 2023
Ryan Gorman hosts an iHeartRadio nationwide special featuring Dr. Robert Otto Valdez, Director of the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality. Dr. Valdez explains AHRQ's work, including its role in the national response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the battle against Long COVID. Plus, Dr. Valdez describes how the agency addresses issues of patient safety. Mindfulness Expert and Host & Founder of the Self-Help Podcast New Mindset, Who Dis, Case Kenny, also joins the show. Case offers strategies and tips for prioritizing mental and physical health in the new year, including ways to work yourself out of difficult times and achieve goals set for 2023.