Season 1, Episode 3: Better Jobs, Better Health
What does a job have to do with your physical health? Plenty, as it turns out. In this episode, we hear about how innovative partnerships across the commonwealth are training people and helping them to gain employment.
For example, UPMC Health Plan’s Pathways to Work program helps its members gain training and jobs, through partnerships with area nonprofits. We hear from Pennsylvania Secretary of Human Services Teresa Miller, Dan LaVallee, director, UPMC Center for Social Impact, and Earl Buford, chief executive officer, Partner4Work, based in Pittsburgh.
Ellen is a behavioral scientist and clinical psychologist who trained at the University of Vermont, where she worked with cancer survivors and their families. She currently serves as the associate vice president of population health and clinical affairs for UPMC Health Plan Her work is focused on the use of digital tools from the clinical side to promote health, wellness, and health behavior change.
She completed post-doctoral research at the National Cancer Institute in the Health Communication and Informatics Research Branch within the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences. She spent nearly five years in academic medicine at the University of Pittsburgh and Hillman Cancer Center.
A native of the Pittsburgh area, Ellen also is the co-author of “Porchtraits” in which she interviewed people on their front porch, amid the pandemic.
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