UNC Department of Family Medicine launches radio talk show on patient health

The Department of Family Medicine in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine has partnered with 1360 WCHL radio to launch a new hour-long radio talk show on patient health.

The Department of Family Medicine in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine has partnered with 1360 WCHL radio to launch a new hour-long radio talk show on patient health.

The show, called “Here’s to Your Health,” aims to provide practical health-related news and information to listeners primarily in Orange and Durham counties in North Carolina. However, it will also be available to listeners anywhere in the world through podcasts on the WCHL (http://www.wchl1360.com/) and UNC Health Care (http://www.unchealthcare.org/) Web sites.

Co-hosts of the show are Adam Goldstein, M.D., M.P.H., and Cristy Page, M.D., M.P.H., both School of Medicine faculty members who are actively involved in patient care at the UNC Family Medicine Center. 

“Our department has a long history of community service, and we see ‘Here’s to Your Health’ as a way for us to serve as a central resource of health information for thousands of people in Orange and Durham counties and across North Carolina,” Goldstein said. 

WCHL’s General Manager, Walter Sturdivant, said the show “is an important programming element for our radio station because our goal of service to this local community is very much in line with that of UNC Family Medicine.”

“We could not be happier with our partnership and I am confident that Drs. Goldstein and Page will do a terrific job of informing the community about health related news and information,” Sturdivant said. “In almost every public affairs survey that I have ever seen there are always three things that lead the way and those are home, health and pocketbook. Our new health show rounds out our lifestyles programming in a way that helps us fulfill our commitment to our listeners.”

The first show, devoted to alcohol and alcohol-related problems, will air at 1360 AM at noon (12 p.m.) on Sunday, Oct. 12. The featured guest on that show will be Robert Gwyther, M.D., a professor of family medicine at UNC with a special interest in the treatment and prevention of alcoholism and substance abuse. The show will be repeated at 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 13. Thereafter, a new show will air each Saturday at noon, with repeats on Sunday at noon and Monday at 6 p.m. (Some shows may air at different times if they conflict with WCHL coverage of UNC athletic events.)

The second show, which begins airing Oct. 18, will focus on influenza. The featured guest for that show is David Weber, M.D., M.P.H., an infectious diseases and vaccine expert and medical director of hospital epidemiology (infection control) for UNC Health Care.

Each show begins with 10 to 15 minutes devoted to the latest medical stories in the news. Then a middle section will feature interviews with both medical experts and patients. In the show’s third and final section, health care providers and patients will share stories about their experiences in health care.

The show will be recorded rather than aired live, so it will not include a listener call-in segment.  To allow listeners to participate on the show, the public is strongly encouraged to send their own health concerns, stories, suggestions and comments to this e-mail address:  yourhealth@unc.edu. Goldstein and Page will read such stories on the air and will arrange interviews with selected listeners.

“We’re really hoping that people will participate in this,” Page said. “We want to tailor our show based on the feedback we get from listeners.”

For more information about Here's to Your Health, please contact Julea Steiner, executive producer, at jsteiner@med.unc.edu or 919-966-8081.