The Heart of Healthcare with Halle Tecco

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The Heart of Healthcare podcast expands upon the traditional lens of what we think of as “healthcare” by exploring the social determinants of health, including our food system, housing, climate change, and more. Join host Halle Tecco, healthcare investor, entrepreneur, and philanthropist, for authentic and compelling conversations with the people behind the movements that deconstruct underlying problems and identify how we can work together to solve them. Episode by episode, Heart of Healthcare will move the needle and figure out how to improve healthcare for all. For more information about this series, visit and

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31 episodes

How E-Cigarette Makers Target Youth

Decades of public health efforts to curb teen smoking have unraveled since Juul and other e-cigarette brands came on the market in 2015. With sketchy ads targeting youth and flavor names like “gummy bear” and “cool cucumber”, vaping has skyrocketed amongst youth. In fact, 10%-24% of high school students are now addicted to nicotine. In this episode, Dr. Susan Walley, Chief of the Division of Hospital Medicine at Children's National Hospital, discusses her work developing effective healthcare and school-based interventions to reduce youth tobacco use. See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at

May 02
Appreciating Neurodiversity

Just because a computer isn’t running a Windows operating system doesn’t mean it’s broken, it’s just different. Same goes for people who are “neurodivergent”, a term used to describe any kind of divergence from dominant cultural norms of neurocognitive functioning. This can include people living with autism, ADHD, OCD, epilepsy, synesthesia, dyslexia, and more. In this episode, special guest host Marissa Pittard (who is neurodivergent herself, and the co-founder of Beaming Health) interviews actor Major Dodson about life on the spectrum.  See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at

Apr 18
Fighting for Survivors of Forced Sterilization

For decades, the U.S. has been forcibly sterilizing women of color, taking away their basic human right to become a parent. It’s happening in prisons and immigration detention centers, where doctors are performing unwarranted hysterectomies and bilateral tubal ligation without proper consent. Last year, California announced it would pay out millions of dollars to living survivors of the state’s forced sterilization efforts. Co-sponsor of the bill, Laura Jimenez, Executive Director of California Latinas for Reproductive Justice, explains the racist, classist, ableist history of forced sterilization and why it’s still happening today.  See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at

Apr 11
Saving Primary Care

The number of Americans with a primary care physician is declining along with the number of medical school graduates wanting to go into primary care. A big reason for this is how and how much they are paid. Can replacing our fee-for-service model with value-based care save our healthcare system? In this episode, Dr. Farzad Mostashari, former National Coordinator for Health IT at HHS and current Co-Founder and CEO of Aledade, dives into the what, why, and how of value-based care solutions. See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at

Apr 04
Pride In His Work

LGBTQ+ people face worse health outcomes in our country due to a long history of oppression and discrimination. Dr. Mitchell Lunn is a physician and researcher of sexual and gender minority populations (SGM) at Stanford University. In this episode, he explains what health equity means for SGM people, and what we can do to be better allies.  See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at

Mar 28
A Harm-Reduction Approach to the Fentanyl Crisis

Fentanyl is now the leading cause of death in 18-45-year-olds in the US, claiming more lives than car crashes and gun violence combined. After Dr. Beth Weinstock lost her son last year to what she calls “the most devastating health crisis this generation has ever seen,” she decided to do something about it. In this episode, Dr. Weinstock explains how a harm-reduction approach can protect young people from accidental fentanyl poisoning. See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at

Mar 21
Ukraine: Healthcare Doesn’t Stop When War Starts

In wartime, the dismantling of healthcare services due to destroyed infrastructure, understaffed hospitals, supply chain issues, and drug shortages often kill far more people than bombs and bullets. These effects linger long after the war has ended. And they impact the health and wellbeing of entire generations of people. In this episode, we share an overview of the situation in Ukraine from a healthcare perspective and how you can help.  See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at

Mar 18
How Food Giants Exploit Our Addictions

In celebration of National Nutrition Month, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Michael Moss explains how the big food industry uses science and marketing schemes to get us hooked on unhealthy food products. They then sell us diet fads that don't work. Michael Moss is the author of "Salt Sugar Fat" and "Hooked." He was formerly an investigative journalist for the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times. See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at

Mar 07
Charlemagne Tha God on Helping Others Heal

Charlamagne Tha God is a multimedia mogul, Radio Hall of Fame inductee, bestselling author, and one of the most influential thought leaders in modern culture. He explains how his mental health struggles led him to start the Mental Wealth Alliance to destigmatize, accelerate, and center state-of-the-art mental health outreach and care, building an unprecedented long-term system of generational support for Black communities. See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at

Feb 21
Is Cancer Preventable?

February is Cancer Prevention Month. Nearly 40% of Americans will be diagnosed with cancer at some point during their lifetimes. The good news is that continued advancements in medical research have led to more people surviving cancer. But what if we could prevent cancer altogether? Is it possible? In this episode, Jody Hoyos, President and Chief Operating Officer of the Prevent Cancer Foundation, discusses cancer prevention and early detection. See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at

Feb 14
Abolishing the R-Word with Jamie Brewer

The R-word is a form of hate speech that has been used to describe people with intellectual disabilities. Today’s guest, Jamie Brewer, is a successful actress and model who is also an advocate for differently-abled people. Not only was she the first person with Down syndrome to walk the runway at New York Fashion Week, but she also successfully persuaded Texas state senators to remove the R-word in any official use. This episode is hosted in partnership with The BodCon 2022, a live virtual conference on February 27th that's focused on body confidence and the movement towards radical self-acceptance, at which Jamie will be speaking about disability pride. For more information, visit See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at

Feb 07
The Mark Cuban Cost Plus Drug Company

Mark Cuban was horrified at how many Americans struggle to pay for their medications, which are are 250% more expensive in the U.S. than in other OECD nations. In this episode, he shares the details of his new online pharmacy for generic drugs that offers steep discounts. The Mark Cuban Cost Plus Drug Company cuts out the middle-man, charging customers a transparent price that is equal to the manufacturers' price, plus a flat 15% markup. Visit for more information.  See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at

Jan 31
How Generic Drugs Became a National Security Threat

Generic medications, which represent 90% of the prescriptions filled in the US, are largely manufactured overseas. Some leaders are questioning our over-reliance on pharmaceuticals produced abroad, saying it creates vulnerable supply chains that pose serious risks to national security. In this episode, scientist and entrepreneur Hitha Palepu explains the problem with generic drugs and what we can do about it. See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at

Jan 24
COVID-19: Is This Just Our Life Now?

The COVID-19 pandemic has upended our lives in many frustrating ways, for a lot longer than we'd hoped. Which begs the question: Is this just our life now? In this episode, Dr. Bob Wachter, chair of the University of California San Francisco Department of Medicine, answers all the questions that have been weighing on our conscience. He also explains his predictions for spring and summer. See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at

Jan 19
Health Predictors: Zip Code vs. Genetic Code

In this episode, Dr. Ebony Jade Hilton talks about her advocacy for a more equitable healthcare system. Dr. Hilton is an anesthesiologist at the University of Virginia and the first Black woman anesthesiologist at Medical University of South Carolina since it opened. Dr. Hilton’s work extends far beyond the walls of the hospital. She is a vocal supporter of health equity, advocating for underserved and marginalized populations.  See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at

Jan 17
Car Crashes Are No Accident

In this episode, we talk with transportation and safety expert Debbie Hersman about how car crash deaths increased during the pandemic and examine why women are more likely to die in car crashes. Could autonomous cars be our solution? Debbie Hersman was previously Chief Safety Officer to Waymo, Google's self-driving car project. Before that, she served as the CEO of the National Safety Council and Board Member of the National Transportation Safety Board.  See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at

Jan 10
Women's Health Is Not a Niche

In this special episode of The Heart of Healthcare, we talk with Julia Cheek about how women's healthcare needs are often ignored and how we can upend the paternalistic system to achieve health equity. Julia Cheek is the CEO and Founder of Everly Health, a fully integrated digital care platform. See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at

Nov 22, 2021
Dealing With Death

In this episode, Dr. Lucy Kalanithi delves into her journey of becoming a doctor and her personal experience with losing her husband. Dr. Kalanithi is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at Stanford and the widow of Dr. Paul Kalanithi, author of the bestselling memoir "When Breath Becomes Air," to which she wrote the epilogue. Dr. Kalanithi has implemented novel health care delivery models in primary care hospitals and health systems and serves as the host of the podcast 'Gravity' which explores narratives of suffering. This episode was recorded at the 2021 Rock Health Virtual Summit. See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at

Nov 15, 2021
Substance Use (Not Abuse) Disorder

Live from the Rock Health Virtual Summit, Dr. Nzinga Harrison puts addiction and substance use disorder into context. She also explains how an evidence-based and compassionate harm-reduction approach can lead to better health outcomes. Nzinga Harrison, MD, FASAM is the Chief Medical Officer and Co-Founder of Eleanor Health, a company built on equity and justice developing mental health medical homes for those affected by substance use disorders. See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at

Oct 29, 2021
Special Episode: Domestic Violence and Its Rise During the Pandemic

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and in this episode, we’ll dissect how a pandemic, economic shock, and civil unrest compounded domestic violence risk factors and reduced access to resources. See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at

Oct 18, 2021
Why Sex Ed Gets An "F"

In this episode, youth sex educator Nora Gelperin dives into the good and bad of sex education today. Nora is the director of Sexuality Education and Training at Advocates for Youth. She is also a proponent of evidence-based sex education, supported by leading professional organizations including the AMA, ACOG, APHA, and the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Sep 20, 2021
Confronting Medical Misinformation

In this episode, Renée DiResta, a researcher at the Stanford Internet Observatory, explains how the spread of malign narratives across social networks impacts public health.

Sep 13, 2021
Hungry for Justice

In this episode, LaShyra "Lash" Nolen talks about the future of medical education and care. Lash is a medical student, Fulbright scholar, science communicator, and the Founder of the non-profit We Got Us.

Sep 07, 2021
The Sexual Abuse to Prison Pipeline

In this episode, HaeSung Han, founder of POETIC, explains how vulnerable youth are at risk of exploitation like sexual abuse and sex trafficking.

Aug 30, 2021
Healthcare: The Price is Not Right

In this episode, Dr. Elisabeth Rosenthal shares a treatment plan for our healthcare system. Elisabeth is an ER doctor turned reporter. She's the author of the New York Times bestselling book, An American Sickness: How Healthcare Became Big Business and How You Can Take it Back.

Aug 23, 2021
Predicting COVID-19 and Future Pandemics

In this episode, Dr. Charity Dean walks us through the early days of COVID-19. She was told not to use the word "pandemic" because it could scare people, but sounded alarms anyway.

Aug 16, 2021
Housing Is Healthcare

In this episode, Dr. Margot Kushel explains the country’s rise in homelessness and the critical impact of housing on the health needs of vulnerable populations. Dr. Margot Kushel is the director of the UCSF Center for Vulnerable Populations.

Aug 09, 2021
This Is Her Lane

In this episode, emergency room physician Dr. Megan Ranney explains how gun violence is a public health crisis, and what she's doing to help end it.

Aug 02, 2021
Turning Data Into Healthcare

In this episode, Dr. John Brownstein explains his work as a Digital Epidemiologist (not a finger doctor!) Dr. Brownstein has led projects like, which offers real-time intelligence on emerging infectious diseases; Street Rx, which crowdsources the black market for prices of prescription drugs; and most recently

Jul 26, 2021
Surrounded by Sewage

In this episode, Catherine Coleman Flowers (the “Erin Brockovich of Sewage”) explains how crumbling infrastructure causes toxic sewage spills in the backyards of poor, rural communities.

Jul 19, 2021