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A New Podcast Series Brought to You By GHEA
The Geographic Health Equity Alliance (GHEA) is proud to launch their podcast series GHEACast: Driving Tobacco and Cancer Off the Map. This multi-segment series provides a platform that discusses public health, specifically tobacco control, cancer prevention and survivorship, in a conversational sense. Guests or storytellers, which include subject matter experts, public health practitioners and even a cancer survivor, share their work and experiences in a thoughtful discussion with GHEA’s Director, Keith A. Vensey.
Episode 1: Janet Freeman-Daily
Janet Freeman-Daily is an award winning blogger, freelance writer, lung cancer patient and activist who has worked with the National Cancer Institute, cancer research centers, professional societies, lung cancer advocacy organizations and pharmaceutical firms.
Episode 2: Brian King, PhD, MPH
Dr. Brian A King, is the Deputy Director for Research Translation in the Office on Smoking and Health, who provides sound scientific evidence to inform tobacco control policy and communicate this information to the CDC’s key stakeholders, including GHEA’s constituents. King has authored or co-authored over 70 peer-reviewed scientific articles pertaining to tobacco prevention and control, was a contributing author to the 50th Anniversary Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking and Health, was the lead author of CDC’s 2014 update to the evidence-based state guide, “Best Practices for Comprehensive Tobacco Control Programs,” and served as editor of the 2016 Surgeon General’s Report, “E-Cigarette Use Among Youth and Young Adults.”
Episode 3: Merlyn Griffiths, PhD
Dr. Merlyn A. Griffiths is an Associate Professor of Marketing at the University of North Carolina Greensboro. Having earned her PhD from UC Irvine, Dr. Griffiths focuses her research on consumer behavior. Specifically, her current work examines the pervasiveness of waterpipe smoking among our youth including the marketing dynamics fueling the growth of what she calls the hookah culture.
Episode 4: Jani Radhakrishnan
Jani Radhakrishnan served as GHEA’s intern for Summer 2016, primarily focusing on GIS mapping tobacco and cancer related statistics. She is currently a student at UNC Chapel Hill receiving two masters’ degrees: Public Health (MPH) and City & Regional Planning (MCRP). Her studies focus on environmental justice, health equity, community health, and spatial analysis of health trends. At UNC, she works as a Project Coordinator and designs programs aimed at reducing high-risk alcohol and substance use among college students.