Conversations on the Oaks Podcast
Episode 15: Understanding Public Health
Dr. Rachael Reed, interim chair of the School of Health and Wellness. Photo: Sabree
August 23, 2021
Aside from the COVID-19 pandemic, there have been numerous public conversations about public health, but what exactly is public health? Dr. Rachael Reed, interim chair of Dillard University's School of Health and Wellness and an assistant professor of public health, joins the podcast to define the field. She also talks about which public health issues she is keeping her eyes on the University's new health science program.
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Episode 14 | African American Material Culture
Zella Palmer, director and endowed chair of the Ray Charles Program talks about the Ray Charles Program in African-American Material Culture, the influence of food on society and Dillard’s new minor if food studies.
Episode 13 | Urban Water Management
Dr. Robert Collins, a Conrad N. Hilton Endowed Professor and urban studies and public policy professor, talks about the importance of Dillard's Urban Water Management Certificate program, the only one of its kind in Louisiana and one of a handful in the United States.
Episode 12 | National Mental Health Awareness Month
Dr. Sean Gibbs, coordinator of Dillard University’s psychology program and associate professor of psychology discusses how mental health is taught in the classroom, mental health in Black America, and mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Episode 11 | National Poetry Month
Dr. Mona Lisa Saloy, Conrad N. Hilton Endowed professor of English, an author and a folklorist, talks about poetry's benefits and why it touches and inspires us in so many ways.
Episode 10 | Preparing Nurses in the Pandemic
Dr. Sharon Hutchinson, dean of Dillard University's College of Nursing and Gloria Kabacoff Endowed Professor in Teaching and Informatics, discusses how the program has managed the unexpected of the COVID-19 pandemic while staying on task to help prepare the next generation of healthcare professionals.
Episode 9 | 2020 Presidential Transition
Dr. Gary Clark, chair of Dillard University’s School of Social Sciences, and Professor Blair Condoll, assistant professor of political science, provide analysis about the transition from the Trump administration to Biden administration.
Episode 8 | Black Representation in Health Professions
Pre-Health Program advisor, Tracie Thomas, discusses how the program prepares students for health professions while boosting Black representation in the field.
Episode 7 | Celebrating Arts and Humanities
In recognition of National Arts and Humanities Month, Cortheal Clark, the chair of the University's School of Humanities talks about the importance of arts and humanities.
Episode 6 | The Art of Thinking of Big
Dr. Kiki Baker Barnes, director of Dillard Athletics, joins "Conversations on the Oaks" to talk about how she stays motivated to achieve lofty goals.
Episode 5 | Black Representation in Law
Adria Kimbrough, advisor for Dillard's Pre-Law Program, visits the podcast to talk about the steps the program takes to shatter barriers to Black representation in law.
Episode 4 | COVID-19 and Health Disparities
Researchers for Dillard's Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Center, Dr. Amy Lesen and Dr. Peter Fos, discuss the work they have done to examine the disproportionate effect COVID-19 has had on the African American community.
Episode 3 | Growth Mindset
At Dillard, growth mindset is being used to increase student performance and achievement as part of the United Negro College Fund's Career Pathways Initiative. Dr. Cleo Allen, who leads the initiative along with Dr. Casey Schreiber, talks about the value of growth mindset and how it is being implemented at the University.
Episode 2 | Advancing Racial Justice
In the wake of an active summer (2020) of racial protests, Dr. Ashraf Esmail, discusses what it will take to advance racial justice and also what Dillard's Center for Racial Justice looks to accomplish.
Episode 1 | A Student Battles COVID-19
Taylor Gentry '22 opens up about her and her father's battle with COVID-19 while in her hometown Nashville during the summer of 2020. In an honest interview, she talks about letting her guard down and issues stern warnings to her peers.
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