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Reporting about nursing: our media fellow reflects on challenges, opportunities

By Liz Seegert

July 6, 2017

In many ways, the state of Kentucky is a microcosm of the challenges in today’s health care system. Tens of thousands of people, many in rural areas, now receive regular health care thanks to Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act. But delivering that care poses its own dilemmas.


You may recall reading CHMP Media Fellow Melissa Patrick’s three-part series earlier this year. Patrick looked into how nurses are meeting the increasing demand for primary care in the community and in schools, at the same time the state faces a serious shortage of qualified RNs.


She recently spoke with Media Fellows program director and HealthCetera co-producer Liz Seegert about her reporting, lessons learned, and why full scope of practice matters.


Liz Seegert
Liz Seegert is a health care journalist and directs the media fellows program at the Center. She serves as topic editor on aging for the Association of Healthcare Journalists, writes for a variety of print and online publications and coproduces HealthCetera Radio on WBAI-FM. She tweets @lseegert. 

United nurse voices equal advocacy embodied: The American Association of Nurse Practitioners 2016 Health Policy Conference

By Kristi Westphaln

March 30, 2016

HealthCetera on Thursday, March 31, 2016 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM on WBAI 99.5 FM and streamed live at

In March, Senior Fellow and co-host of HealthCetera, Kristi Westphaln,  joined hundreds of nurse practitioners from across the country on Capitol Hill to chat on hot topics in health care at the 2016 American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) Health Policy Conference. Her adventures in advocacy included a delve into the inner workings of how advanced practice nursing fits into the Affordable Health Care Act, hearing the fantastic news anchor Candy Crowley deliver a keynote speech on how nurse practitioners fit into the health care landscape, and meeting with the epic Congresswoman Lois Capps!

From the left: Nancy Selix, Kristi Westphaln, Lois Capps, Carol Greene
From the left: Nancy Selix, Kristi Westphaln, Lois Capps, Carol Greene

Westphaln interviews Lee Moss, MS, APRN, ANP-C, FNP-BC, CWS, a Nurse Practitioner at the University of Utah Burn Outpatient Clinic and the Utah State Representative of The American Association of Nurse Practitioners. Hear his path to political activism and the current health policy issues the AANP is in Washington DC to advocate for on behalf of all people.

Kristi Westphaln
Kristi Westphaln, RN MSN PNP-PC is a San Diego based Nurse Practitioner with a passion for pediatric clinical practice, child advocacy, and nursing education. She has over a decade of experience in pediatric emergency care, with a focus on trauma and abuse. She is pursuing a PhD, and as a senior fellow, produces frequent HealthCetera Radio segments.