Medical Matters Weekly Welcomes Dartmouth Institute Leader

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BENNINGTON, Vt. — Amber E. Barnato, MD, MPH, MS, director of the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, will be the next guest on Medical Matters Weekly at 12 p.m. on Wednesday, May 25. 
The show will cover Barnato's wide range of expertise, including public health/preventive medicine, hospice/palliative medicine, the institute's work, health equity, and Barnato's research regarding life support decisions families and physicians make for patients in the ICU.
The show is produced by Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) with cooperation from Catamount Access Television (CAT-TV). Viewers can see Medical Matters Weekly on and The show is also available to view or download as a podcast on
In addition to her role as director of the Dartmouth Institute, Barnato is the John E. Wennberg Distinguished Professor at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. The Institute is both an academic department and a cross-campus institute bringing together more than 150 faculty who serve the mission of improving health and health care by conducting research jointly with staff and academic, health system, and community partners and by teaching and learning from more than 200 graduate students annually in the department's MS, MPH, MHCDS, and PhD programs.
Barnato is trained in two medical specialties, public health/preventive medicine and hospice/palliative medicine.  Her own research focuses on understanding the causes and consequences of variation in end-of-life intensive care unit (ICU) and life-sustaining treatment use among seriously ill older adults. She focuses on the interplay between organizational norms, provider-patient communication, and implicit cognition, and how these phenomena produce racial disparities in end-of-life treatment.
Medical Matters Weekly features the innovative personalities who drive positive change within health care and related professions. The show addresses all aspects of creating and maintaining a healthy lifestyle for all, including food and nutrition, housing, diversity and inclusion, groundbreaking medical care, exercise, mental health, the environment, research, and government. The show is broadcast on Facebook Live, YouTube, and all podcast platforms.
After the program, the video is available on area public access television stations CAT-TV (Comcast channel 1075) and GNAT-TV's (Comcast channel 1074), as well as on public access stations throughout the United States.

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Medical Matters Weekly Welcomes Pioneer in Art's Role in Healing

BENNINGTON, Vt. — Shaun McNiff, PhD—artist, art therapist, professor, and author—is the next guest on Medical Matters Weekly.
Viewers are invited to tune in at 12 p.m. on Wednesday, July 6. The show will address the power of art as a component of health and wellbeing in addition to the mental and physical healing processes.
The show is produced by Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) with cooperation from Catamount Access Television (CAT-TV). Viewers can view on and The show is also available to view or download as a podcast on
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