Americans associate the skyrocketing cost of healthcare with the aging baby boomer population. In reality the cost of healthcare is ascending because of the chronic disease epidemic in the United States — especially among American millennials. Diabetes, arthritis, cancer, and hypertension contribute more to healthcare costs then onetime expensive cures. What can millennials do now to lower future healthcare costs? Robert Knewitz explained.
According to Human Impact Partners, Health Impact Assessment is a practical tool that uses data, research and stakeholder input to determine a policy or project’s impact on the health of a population. HIAs also provide recommendations to address these impacts. STEP-HIA is a project being conducted by a research team at the University of New Mexico which aims to look at how increasing access to the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail through smaller connector trails and trailheads will positively affect the health, quality of life, and social, economic and community capital. Danielle Parker will be on-air to explain.
Though the BP Oil Spill was long ago the effects on the economy of the US States along the Gulf Coast are still being felt today. Americans are still surprised at the mass ramifications of the spill. Dr. Villy Kourafalou joined us on air to explain more about the future of the spill.
Autism has been gathering attention over the past couple years as initiatives to assist in the fight against autism begin to become more popular. For many parents who have kids with autism, the best case scenario is to catch it early. University of Miami psychologist Dr. David Messinger is developing ways to predict the occurrence of ASD in high-risk children early in life in hopes that early intervention will lead to better outcomes in the future.
Transhumanism has a goal of fundamentally transforming the human condition to a “post-human” state by developing technologies that ehance human capacities. Inspired by superheros such an Iron Man and Superman — Transhumanist theorists say that we have the capability to excellerate human evolution, but would it be ethical? Nikhil Delahaye and Medical Student Gaurav Dihman will be on-air to discuss.
As a court of first and last resort — the family court system in Miami-Dade County is over burdened. When the United States has a 34% divorce rate — funding and time becomes an issue for the courts when handeling topics like domestic violence, timesharing, and child support. Former Chief Judge Joel H. Brown for the 11th Circuit Court will speak on-air about the problems the family court system faces, and what can be done to solve them.
Florida during Hurricane season relies on prediction markets. The safety of Floridians and their livelihood depend on it. If a prediction is wrong, it could mean dire consequences. In 1992, forecasters didn’t predict that Hurricane Andrew would hit South Florida. But have you ever thought about how prediction markets work? Private sector vs. Government predictions, and the economics behind it? UM Business School’s Dr. David Kelly will be on Sunday to explain.
Dr. David L. Kelly is a professor of economics and the director of economics graduate studies at the University of Miami. He was chair of the economics department from 2005-8 and has formerly held positions at the University of California at Santa Barbara and Carnegie Mellon University. He has published widely on liquidity in financial markets, prediction markets, economic growth and the environment, the economics of climate change, and the design of regulation. His research has been funded by NSF, DOE, and other federal agencies and has been featured on NPR Marketplace, Discovery Channel, Bloomberg, and AP. He is a member of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, and the American Economics Association.
Environmental Justice is as a concept in the United States that describes a social movement in the United States whose focus is on the fair distribution of environmental benefits and burdens. Community and Social Change Program Director and UM Professor Courte Voorhees will join us on-air to explain more.
Dr. Courte Voorhees Bio:
We are all potential agents of change! We all have the capability to make the world a better place through our research, courses, service, and extracurricular activities. I do this, in part, by coordinating and promoting community-based participatory research (CBPR) and through teaching courses that challenge students to become scholars and agents of change in the community. I am pleased to direct the Community and Social Change Master’s Program and teach in Human and Social Development, Community and Social Change, and Community Well-Being.
UM Med students Carlos Oliu and Sharon Wolfson have discovered that a little creativity can go a long-way towards improving the cost and availability of developing-world healthcare. Their program Innovaid is a new student organization at the UM Miller School of Medicine devoted to identifying and solving developing-world medical problems through the creative use of technology.
Carlos Oliu is a medical student, UM biomedical engineering graduate, and lifelong tinkerer, interested in adapting technology to new and interesting uses. Fellow UM medical student Sharon Wolfson also holds a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering, from Boston University, where she participated in Global Health Design coursework. She has traveled to Nicaragua, where she provided healthcare to over a thousand patients alongside UM classmates and faculty. Together, Carlos and Sharon founded InnovAid to bridge their passions for innovation and providing healthcare where it is desperately needed.