To Your Health

Posted by Tom Axtell on
Tom Axtell
Tom Axtell, General Manager

Part of Vegas PBS’ vision as a public service media organization is to be a leading information resource, online education provider, and preferred community partner on a wide variety of issues facing Southern Nevada. One specific area where we have made significant strides as an information resource is community health.

Each month we air high-quality programs with long-form reporting on important community health issues across the globe. This month – as attention focuses on the Rio Olympics and concerns about the Zika virus continue to grow – Vegas PBS presents Spillover – Zika, Ebola & Beyond. In this new one-hour documentary, scientists trace diseases like Zika and Ebola that have made the leap from animals to humans. We will also air the BBC science program Is Your Brain Male or Female? that examines different patterns of nerve connections in the brains of men and women and asks whether they may help explain typical behavior differences between genders.

Our on-air fundraising campaigns provide us the opportunity to present popular best-selling health care authors who provide their most recent thinking and research on health topics. In On the Psychiatrist’s Couch with Daniel Amen, MD, Dr. Amen shares important strategies to help viewers feel happier, healthier and improve the quality of their lives.

In September, members of our Planned Giving Council will provide a free beneficiary clinic at the station. They will provide a professional review of your important personal health documents to ensure that valuable forms like powers of attorney and proper beneficiary documentation on retirement accounts or life insurance policies are in order and easily accessible. Please see page 15 in the  August Source for details.

Vegas PBS is also able to leverage our on-air health and wellness programming through our grant-funded Desert Meadows Area Health Education Center (AHEC). In early 2015, we launched this program in order to provide continuing education courses, outreach programs and special events on health topics in our community. The goal of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services grant is to develop a pipeline of qualified local health care workers, provide continuing education training for licensed health professionals, and provide health and wellness information for the communities we serve.

Late last month, Desert Meadows AHEC and several universities and colleges in Nevada collaborated to present CampMED, a three-day intensive immersion experience for 50 students entering 9th grade with long-term career aspirations in the medical field. The camp provided hands-on experiences to stimulate students’ interest in basic sciences and integrated healthcare, and to expose them to career opportunities in those fields. The success of CampMED reflects the strong partnership we have built among Desert Meadows AHEC and several partners, including WGU Nevada, College of Southern Nevada, Nevada State College, Roseman University of Health Sciences, Touro University Nevada, UNLV and UNR.

Vegas PBS is uniquely committed to serve as a resource for community health information. Members support the on-air health and wellness programs they enjoy throughout the year, and we’re able to leverage that support to secure grant funds to provide hands-on outreach programs and services to help address the personal and community health and wellness needs of Southern Nevada. Thank you for your continued interest and support of improved health and wellness information for our community.

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Tom Axtell

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