Hudson, Wis. – What’s cell phone slump? How many is too many when it comes to ear infections? How do you know if you or a loved one has developed a dependency on alcohol, prescription or recreational drugs?
These questions and more are explored in a new podcast series from HealthPartners, For health’s sake: A simple chat for better health.
The podcast features doctors, midwives, physical and occupational therapists and more from across HealthPartners’ St. Croix Valley and western Wisconsin hospitals and clinics, talking about the everyday health topics that interest people.
Brian Bartlett, clinical manager of the Programs for Change at Hudson Hospital & Clinic, recorded an episode on What is a substance use problem? It was his first personal podcast experience after attending the live recording of the national Small Town Murder podcast a few months earlier.
“People listen to podcasts everywhere – they have become an everyday part of life for many people. That means they can be a great way to connect with people who might have concerns about sensitive issues such as potential chemical dependency,” said Bartlett. “Especially for a topic so filled with stigma, if people have the flexibility to access information wherever and whenever it’s convenient to them, it’s all for the good. My hope is, that this podcast gives someone the courage to pick up the phone and ask for help – for them or a loved one.”
For health’s sake podcast episodes featuring local medical providers from Hudson and New Richmond include:
- Kimberly Webb, PT: Cell phone slump
- Ashleigh Kratz, PT: First steps to running
- Julie Burbach, OTR/L, CLT: Lymphedema: Finding Relief
- Kelsey Ford: Make It OK mental health awareness
- Kelsey Ford: Make It OK ambassador program
- Brian Bartlett: What is a substance use problem?
Podcasts have experienced explosive growth over the past 12 years and 51 percent of Americans have listened to at least one episode. Thirty-one percent of people aged 25 to 54 have listened to a podcast in the past month, and, on average, listeners listen to all or most (more than 80 percent) of episodes.
For health’s sake podcast episodes are accessible anywhere with a mobile device. It means it’s a great way to reach people where they’re most comfortable (49 percent of people listen to podcasts at home; 22 percent listen in the car). For health’s sake podcast aims to educate, update on new developments, and raise awareness of services and programs.
New episodes are added often. Check out the most recent uploads at the podcast homepage: HealthPartnersLocalCare.org/podcast.
Photo: Brian Bartlett, clinical manager of the Programs for Change at Hudson Hospital & Clinic, recorded an episode, What is a substance use problem?, for the For health’s sake podcast.
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About Hudson Hospital & Clinics
Hudson Hospital & Clinics is part of HealthPartners, the largest consumer-governed, non-profit health care organization in the nation with a mission to improve health and well-being in partnership with members, patients and the community. Hudson Hospital & Clinics serves western Wisconsin with emergency, birth, rehabilitation and imaging centers, specialty clinics, cancer care, heart care, orthopedics and a nationally acclaimed healing arts program. For more information, visit hudsonhospital.org.