Podcast: Safe Drug Disposal
Connecticut State Representative Christie Carpino
Irina Butler, MPP, Vice President of Compliance and Operations, Pharmaceutical Product Stewardship Work Group (PPSWG)
Any medicine can cause harm if not taken properly or by the wrong person. No one wants to hear about their grandmother taking expired medicine that no longer treats her illness, or worse someone having to visit the ER. Especially when this could have been prevented.   According to the 2018 National Survey of Drug Use and Health, a majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet. On this episode of the Women In Government Podcast, our panel discusses why it’s more important than ever to securely store and dispose of unwanted, unused, or expired medicines. They also chat about the importance of following the instructions provided with medicine, including labeling information and medication guidelines. 
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Podcast: It Takes 2: Type 2 Inflammation
California State Senator Melissa Hurtado
Carole Huntsman, Head, Sanofi Genzyme North America and US Country Lead
Dr. Mandeep Kaur, Vice President, Head, North America Medical for Dupixent at Sanofi Genzyme
Dr. Tyra Bryant-Stephens, Director and Founder, The Community Asthma Prevention Program, Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
People of all ages, genders, and backgrounds are connected by similar challenges because of one lesser known chronic condition known as Type 2 Inflammation. Recent scientific developments have shown that this overactive immune system response, underlies different atopic, allergic and inflammatory diseases. What exactly does that mean and how does it affect our families and communities? On this episode of the Women In Government Podcast, our panel discusses how the Type 2 Inflammation connection can help patients work with their doctors to gain control of their chronic disease. As for policymakers and industry leaders, these chronic conditions impact communities of color and those in underserved communities. Now’s the time to get to work and support measures to address Type 2 Inflammation.

Podcast Graphic-Malnutrition for Vulnerable Populations
Podcast: Malnutrition in Vulnerable Populations
Maura LaGue, Managing Director, Women In Government
Bob Blancato, Executve Director, National Association of Nutrition and Aging Services Programs (NANASP), and the National Coordinator of the Defeat Malnutrition Today coalition
So many aspects of our daily lives have changed since COVID-19 entered the picture. As we continue readjusting to the “new normal,” some familiar concerns have remained and come with a set of severe consequences. Food insecurity has plagued different American populations for decades, but has been compounded by the recent pandemic. The novel Coronavirus is disproportionately impacting older generations. With the closure of congregate meal sites and the increase in newly homebound older adults, there is now a higher demand for Older Americans Act (OAA) programs, such as Home Delivered Meals and other community-based supportive services. However, these much needed resources have been strained and need some relief. On this episode of the Women In Government Podcast, our panel discusses how food insecurity drives harmful impacts on the health and well-being of older adults, exacerbating many chronic conditions. Important questions are answered, including how leaders can advocate for funding that would provide grants to states, territories, and tribes to help support the delivery of nutritious meals for older adults throughout the country.

Podcast: Increasing Access & Opportunity
Connecticut State Representative Christie Carpino
Illinois State Senator, Julie Morrison, Chair of the Senate Human Services Committee and founder of the Special Needs Caucus
Bobby Silverstein J.D., Principal, Powers Pyles Sutter & Verville, PC and Legislative Counsel, State Exchange on Employment and Disability or (SEED)
Nadia Mossburg, Senior Policy Advisor, U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP)
It’s been an incredible 30 years of breaking down barriers and striving for equality in employment, education, and public access for people with disabilities. The ADA remains a crucial tool in addressing persistent discrimination, and new barriers, like inaccessible websites, online systems, mobile apps, and other forms of information and communication technology. Learn how policymakers are continuing to shape the next 30 years to ensure that their constituents with disabilities have access to opportunities and workplace success.

Podcast: You're Never Too Old: The Importance of Adult Vaccination

Laura Blake, Outreach & Development Manager, Women In Government
Abby Bownas, Manager, Adult Vaccine Access Coalition
Adriane Casalotti, MPH, MSW, Chief, Government and Public Affairs at National Association of County & City Health Officials
Vaccines are not just for children. Adults can be protected from 14 deadly diseases - including Hepatitis A and B, Measles, and the Flu. According to the CDC, over 20 years, vaccines will prevent more than 700,000 deaths and 21 million hospitalizations. On this episode of the Women In Government Podcast, our panel discusses how vaccines save lives. They dive into many aspects of adult vaccination - including benefits, consequences, and all the barriers keeping people from getting immunized against vaccine-preventable diseases.

Podcast: Bone Basics
Lucy Gettman, Executive Director, Women In Government
Maine State Sentaor Stacey Guerin
Arizona State Representative Jennifer Longdon
Dr. Andrea Singer, Associate Professor and Chief, Division of Women’s Primary Care and Director of Bone Densitometry, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
About 54 million Americans have osteoporosis, and many don’t even know they’re at risk of developing weak bones. One in two women and up to one in four men age 50 and older will break a bone because of the disease, leaving many with permanent pain and a stooped or hunched posture.
There’s a bone health crisis affecting the country tallying up repeat fractures, hospitalizations and long-term care needs resulting in Medicare costs of 52-billion dollars a year. What’s more, many of these cases could have been prevented with scans and appropriate care. On this episode of the Women In Government Podcast, our panel discusses what happens when you or someone you love receives a diagnosis of osteoporosis. We’re going to get back to the basics… the bone basics.

Podcast: Don't Hesitate, Vaccinate
Patricia (Patti) Bellock, former Director of the Illinois  Healthcare and Family Services Agency, former State Representative/Deputy House Minority Leader 
Georgia State Senator Gloria Butler
Dr. Deborah Wexler, Executive Director, Immunization Action Coalition
Elaine O’Hara, Chief Commercial Officer, Sanofi Pasteur
Erica DeWald, Director of Advocacy, Vaccinate Your Family
There are many reasons why people choose to vaccinate their families against preventable diseases. Vaccination promotes good public health and helps avoid a major disease outbreak. That’s something we saw this year, with several measles outbreaks in large communities across the country. Measles may have dominated the headlines, but other vaccine preventable diseases infected people of all ages… chicken pox, whooping cough, and tetanus. The previous flu season even stretched well into the spring. Today, there’s a lot of misinformation circulating about the safety and necessity of vaccines, as well as fears about autism and the number of vaccines administered at once. As a result, vaccine preventable diseases have resurged in the United States, with measles and influenza continuing to be an enormous national problem every year. On this episode of the Women In Government Podcast, our panel discusses vaccine confidence and delivers the important message of, Don't Hesitate, Vaccinate!