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On this edition of StudioTulsa on Health, we hear from two doctors who are both highly accomplished and longtime advocates of public health, which has been defined as (per Wikipedia) "the science and art of preventing disease, prolonging life, and promoting health through the organized efforts and informed choices of society, organizations public and private, communities, and individuals." The health of a given culture or society, in other words, rather than any one individual's health or well-being.

On this edition of ST on Health, we welcome Dr. Lamont Cavanagh, a Tulsa-based family physician who specializes in sports medicine, and who also works as an assistant professor at the OU-Tulsa School of Community Medicine. Moreover, Dr. Cavanagh spent five years as an U.S. Air Force flight surgeon, and he's now chief of aerospace medicine for the 138th Fighter Wing of the Oklahoma Air National Guard.

When medical experts, analysts, and researchers speak of "health care transformation" --- and the phrase has become increasingly common in certain circles --- they're referring to ongoing efforts to improve health outcomes, increase access to health/medical services, and enhance the way(s) in which care is delivered. Such efforts are meant to better connect scientific discovery, health care delivery, and reimbursement for health services. It's all about patient-centric care --- and much of it, as with so many things in our world today, comes down to technology.

Our ongoing StudioTulsa on Health series continues as we present an interesting discussion with Dr. Jennifer Clark, the Division Director of the Center for Palliative Care at OU-Tulsa's School of Community Medicine, where she is also an Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. Dr. Clark, who additionally serves as the Palliative Care Medical Director at Hillcrest Medical Center here in Tulsa, talks to guest host John Henning Schumann about what palliative care is, and what it isn't.

On this edition of ST on Health, guest host John Henning Schumann speaks with Dr. David Kendrick of OU-Tulsa. Dr. Kendrick is the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center's Assistant Provost for Strategic Planning, an associate professor of internal medicine and pediatrics, and a Kaiser Chair of Community Medicine at the University of Oklahoma School of Community Medicine at OU-Tulsa. (You can read his full bio here.) Dr.

The decision last month by the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the Affordable Car Act (or ACA) has opened up new avenues of opposition --- or, as some states would have it, new grounds on which to reject the law. In its momentous decision, the Court said basically that any state could opt out of the law's expansion of Medicaid with no penalties to its existing programs. Under the ACA, the federal government will help states expand their coverage of Medicaid patients to 133% of the poverty line.

Last week, the nonprofit John Hope Franklin Center for Reconciliation released a survey of Tulsa residents' views on race relations. This survey was called for, and completed, before the recent (and perhaps racially motivated) shootings in North Tulsa in the pre-dawn hours of Good Friday --- but it's hardly surprising that, given the shocking tragedy of those violent acts and the coincidental appearance of this new survey, people throughout our community are speaking about issues of race with a candor that seems, in many cases, as rare as it is welcome.

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