Podcast is the new prescription for Healthy Matters

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For more than 13 years Dr. David Hilden’s trusted voice was heard on WCCO Radio every Sunday morning as host of the popular Healthy Matters program, sponsored by Hennepin Healthcare. But now listeners can hear their favorite doctor anytime – on the new Healthy Matters podcast – and the internal medicine physician can finally sleep in on Sunday mornings.

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“It was a great 13 years and I’m sure I’ll miss the live show, but we have exciting options planned for the podcast to inject some of that same live energy and interest for our audience,” Dr. Hilden explains. “And we’ll be able to be more flexible with guests, topics and themes – and sure, having an entire weekend off won’t be so bad!”

Healthy Matters is available at www.healthymatters.org or wherever podcasts are available and will feature interviews with medical experts on a variety of current health topics, questions from listeners on “Hilden’s House Calls,” behind-the-scenes stories from HCMC – Minnesota’s first Level I Trauma hospital, and much more.

In his matter-of-fact, easy way that made a genuine connection with his radio audience, Dr. Hilden provides expert knowledge about a wide range of medical topics and invites colleagues to join him to make sure listeners hear the latest and most informative medical news on the podcast, which just launched its third episode.

“I’m mostly encouraged about being able to stay connected with the listeners who have inspired me and will continue to be so essential to the program,” he says. “And now they can listen on their own time as well.”

The podcast encourages listener interaction by asking them to email Dr. Hilden at healthymatters@hcmed.org), call 612-873-TALK (8255) or Tweet @drdavidhilden. Go to www.healthymatters.org for more information – and to connect with a (well-rested) Dr. Hilden.

Black Men with Stethoscopes Youth Summit exposes Black/BIPOC youth to careers in medicine

BMWS_black logo for word or pdfHennepin Healthcare is sponsoring Black Men with Stethoscopes on Saturday, December 4 – a Youth Summit that will expose young Black men ages 12-18 to careers in medicine through hands-on activities and interaction with Black physicians, dentists and advanced practice providers.

The event takes place at Hennepin Healthcare’s Clinic & Specialty Center in downtown Minneapolis, where youth will have the opportunity to experience real-life medical simulations, tour the Hennepin Healthcare campus, learn about the path to medical and dental schools, and discover helpful tools for goal-setting and time management all while interacting with Black medical professionals.

“We couldn’t be more excited to host this inaugural event for our community as part of a bigger plan to address inequalities and support our talented youth through further job shadowing, paid internships and mentoring opportunities,” explains Dr. Nneka Sederstrom, Chief Health Equity Officer at Hennepin Healthcare.

“Knowing that this exposure may play a role in helping these young men consider applying their potential to a medical career is extremely rewarding – and a tremendous benefit to the medical profession, as well as the community.”

Over the past few years, the Association of American Medical Colleges found that only 3% of total U.S. Medical School applicants self-identified as Black men. In the 2020-2021 applicant pool, only 8% of those who accepted and enrolled identified as Black.

Pediatric Critical Care physician, Dr. Andrew Kiragu, wants to see these numbers change.

“Everyone deserves the opportunity to pursue a rewarding career – one that involves caring for others by applying medical skills certainly falls in this category. It is important that Black children are exposed to the multitude of STEM-based careers that are available and how to pursue them. That’s exactly why we want young Black men to see the possibilities of a career in Medicine. It is crucial that they see physicians who look like them and can provide mentorship so that they can see themselves in a fulfilling medical career.”

What: Black Men with Stethoscopes Youth Summit
When: 9:30 am to 3 pm, Saturday, December 4
Where: Hennepin Healthcare’s Clinic & Specialty Center, Stillman Community Room
715 S. 8th St., Minneapolis, MN 55404

The Black Men with Stethoscopes Youth Summit is part of a series of initiatives and events organized by Hennepin Healthcare through its Talent Garden program to expose youth to careers in medicine, while connecting youth to high quality work-based learning opportunities and creating access to a network of BIPOC healthcare professionals.

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