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Conversations on Health and Well-Being

Kristin DeArruda Wharton

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Kristin DeArruda Wharton

Kristin DeArruda Wharton is a Cook County resident and a current fellow with the Bush Foundation. In 2017, DeArruda Wharton approached WTIP with the idea of creating a series of interviews focused on topics relevant to not just health professionals, but anyone who is facing issues related to their own health, and that of their loved ones.

She is calling her series ‘Conversations on Health and Well Being.’
 


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Conversations on Health and Well Being

The remote setting of Cook County on the North Shore of Lake Superior, coupled with the region’s small population, can present challenges when it comes to accessing health care. In this installment in Kristin DeArruda Wharton’s ‘Conversations on Health and Well Being,’ she takes a look at what health care looks like in other rural settings across the globe, including Cuba and India.

In this installment, DeArruda Wharton talks with Dr. Meg Little about health care in Cuba and perspectives on health from the Tibetan tradition. 
 

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Conversations on Health and Well Being

Morphine, fentanyl, the opioid epidemic. What are opioids and how have they caused a nationwide crisis of deaths and addiction? What is the response to this crisis?  And how can we better understand and support people in our communities dealing with chemical dependence and addiction?
 
In this installment of ‘Conversations on Health and Well Being,’ Kristin DeArruda Wharton speaks with Dr. Rachel Mack, an educator and nurse practitioner who is an expert in safe and appropriate opioid prescribing. DeArruda Wharton also speaks with Karina Forest Perkins, a mental health and addiction expert, to understand the human side of addiction and a new paradigm for supporting individuals and families dealing with chemical dependence.  
 

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Conversations on Health and Well Being

Death and dying, these are topics not openly discussed in the dominant American culture.  And yet, each of us will deal with death and ultimately face our own. What is a good death? What are important things to say and hear before death? How can death, at times, be a twisted gift?

In this WTIP original segment, Kristin DeArruda Wharton speaks with Dr. Sandy Stover, a family physician with a commitment to end of life issues. Kristin also speaks with Brenda Hartman, a therapist who faced her own imminent death, miraculously did not die, and has dedicated her career to counseling people with cancer and educating health professionals.
 

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Conversations on Health and Well Being

Food as medicine and some of the hottest topics in rural health care, including birthing centers in remote areas of Minnesota, are the topics of a special Community Conversations program that debuted on WTIP Thursday, March 15.

In this episode, Guest Host Kristin DeArruda Wharton explores these topics and more with Dr. Kate Shafto and Will Wilson from the Minnesota Department of Health.

DeArruda Wharton is a Cook County resident and a current fellow with the Bush Foundation. She is calling her series ‘Conversations on Health and Well Being.’
 

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Kristin Dearruda Wharton

Community conversations: Kristin DeArruda Wharton talks rural health care

In March 2017 the Bush Foundation announced a list of 24 fellowship winners who were selected based on their records of achievement and extraordinary potential to make significant contributions in their communities. Leaders were selected from Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and 23 Native nations in the region.

Among the 2017 fellowship winners was Kristin DeArruda Wharton of Grand Marais.

During the past year DeArruda Wharton has done extensive work as a means to become a stronger leader for rural health and to bring awareness to the value of local health care in Cook County.

In this Community Conversation program WTIP’s Joe Friedrichs speaks with DeArruda Wharton about the Bush fellowship. The program is split into two segments, including an interview conducted by DeArruda Wharton with another Bush fellow from Minnesota, Corey Martin, who is also focusing on a unique aspect related to health care.  The other portion of the show features an update from DeArruda Wharton about the first year of her fellowship and her expectations moving forward. 
 

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