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New Installments of Health Matters – Spring 2010


Dr. David Granet was recently in the UCSD-TV studio to shoot 3 new installments or our award winning series, Health Matters.

Learning more about Parkinson’s Disease

The UCSD-TV crew recently visited the campus of UCSF to interview doctors on the cutting edge of Parkinson’s research. A program for medical professionals who deal with Parkinson’s patients as well a one directed at the families and caregivers of patients will premiere later this year.

Interview with Dr. John Blossom from Disaster Prepareness

Dr. John Blossom, a board certified family physician with many years of experience working in Community Health Centers (CHCs), is a Professor of Clinical Family and Community Medicine at UCSF Fresno and teaches regularly in CHCs in the Central Valley. Dr. Blossom is a member of several workforce collaboratives both in the state of California and nationally, including the HRSA Bureau of Health Professions and Bureau of Primary Care taskforce on workforce in CHCs. In addition to directing the California Area Health Education Center (AHEC), he founded the California Preparedness Education Network (Cal-PEN) and has directed the disaster preparedness training activities in under-served areas since 2003.

UCTV: What prompted you to incorporate disaster preparedness education into your professional life?

Dr. John Blossom: A visionary federal employee in the HHS, Terri Spear, created the content for a grant to provide disaster education to health professionals. I, of course, was more or less familiar with some of the risks we face and, like everyone else, still had vivid 9-11 memories…

Read the Entire Interview

Watch online videos from Disaster Preparedness for Health Professionals

Disaster Preparedness: Behind-The-Scenes Photos

Check out these behind-the-scenes photos from Disaster Preparedness for Health Professionals.

UCTV Producer Jennifer Ford (left) and Dr. John Blossom check out the monitors and prep for the day’s shoot. Photo by Peter Kreklow

Producer Jennifer Ford (left) interviews Dennis Amundson, CAPT. Photo by Peter Kreklow

A view from behind the camera. Photo by Peter Kreklow

The UCTV crew shooting on location, Calit2 studio, UC San Diego. Photo by Andy Hall

(From left) Patty Skoglund, RN, Dr. John Blossom, and Producer Jennifer Ford doing some pre-interview prep. Photo by Peter Kreklow

Health Matters Takes Home an Emmy

UCSD-TV’s signature interview series “Health Matters” received a 2008 Emmy Award in the Health/Science Program category for “Health Matters: MS Doesn’t Have Me.” On hand to accept the award at the June 14 ceremony were UCSD-TV producers Jennifer Ford and Peter Kreklow, himself diagnosed with MS, and the show’s host, Dr. David Granet.

The award-winning program introduces viewers to individuals with multiple sclerosis, a disease affecting approximately 400,000 Americans, with about 200 new cases being diagnosed each week. These inspiring guests share their stories of diagnosis, treatment, and living with the disease. Dr. Granet is also joined by recognized expert Jody Corey-Bloom, MD, UCSD Department of Neurosciences, for an in-depth look at this unpredictable neurological disease.

The program was especially personal for producer Peter Kreklow, who was diagnosed with MS almost ten years ago. “I wanted to create a program that went beyond the clinical side of the disease,” stated Kreklow. “I have encountered some rather astonishing misconceptions by the general public about MS and its impact on the day-to-day lives of those who live with it. I felt it was important that this program be something anyone would be interested in watching and, hopefully, create a more open dialogue and understanding of the disease.”

“This is the first Emmy win for the series and I am tremendously proud of the program and the ‘Health Matters’ team,” commented “Health Matters” host Dr. David Granet. “Our goal has always been to make health issues accessible to all and this program succeeded by touching our viewer’s minds and hearts with these powerful, personal stories.”

UCSD-TV producer Jennifer Ford was equally excited by the Emmy win, stating, “This series is the flagship health program for UCSD-TV and the fact that this particular program has been recognized with an Emmy is a sign of more great things to come as we continue to find innovative ways to communicate valuable health information to our viewers.”

“Health Matters” and Dr. Granet have been fixtures on UCSD-TV since the series first premiered in 1995. The series provides current, practical information on how to improve one’s health and wellbeing. Over its thirteen-year run, the series has welcomed hundreds of guests to discuss health-related topics ranging from sleep disorders to summertime swim safety. All “Health Matters” programs are available for viewing on-line.

“Health Matters” is also no stranger to national and international awards, having received a gold Aurora earlier this year for “Health Matters: Fertility and IVF” and a bronze Telly in 2007 for “Health Matters: The Healthful Benefits of Pets.”

Host David B. Granet, M.D. is an award-winning physician at UCSD and has been hosting “Health Matters” since it first began production in 1995. Dr. Granet is the Anne Ratner Professor of both Ophthalmology and Pediatrics at UCSD and the adult ocular motility specialist for the Shiley Eye Center. Dr. Granet serves as the Director of the Abraham Ratner Children’s Eye Center and the Director of the UCSD Divisions of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Eye Alignment Disorders.

The Emmy Awards are given out by The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and recognize outstanding achievements in television within the Pacific Southwest region, which includes San Diego County and the television markets of Bakersfield, Oxnard, Palm Springs, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Santa Maria, California, and Las Vegas, Nevada.