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#1640: Simple Health CEO Trying To Break Down Barriers | 51%

On this week’s 51%, there is some help for veterans’ caregivers during the COVID-19 pandemic; we hear from a CEO trying to break down barriers to obtaining birth control, and Dr. Jeri Burns chimes in about charity in the checkout line.

Burnout is a common problem for family members who care for disabled veterans. And for many of them, the pandemic has made things even harder. Now, a new program is hoping to give some caregivers a break. Cathy Carter reports for the American Homefront Project, a public media collaboration that reports on American military life and veterans. Funding comes from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Dr. Sharon Ufberg returns with her 51% segment “Force of Nature.” This time, she interviews Simple Health CEO Carrie Siu Butt, who, prior to becoming CEO, held a variety of leadership roles in finance, technology, strategy, and healthcare for several Wall Street companies and beyond. Siu Butt is out to change perceptions and access for many women to a certain area of health care.

Now, courtesy of KCRW’s Independent Producer Project, we listen to Helen as she tried to make sense of new motherhood, a global pandemic, and systemic racism all colliding.

That’s our show for this week. Thanks to Tina Renick for production assistance. Our executive producer is Dr. Alan Chartock. Our theme music is Glow in the Dark by Kevin Bartlett. This show is a national production of Northeast Public Radio. If you’d like to hear this show again, sign up for our podcast, or visit the 51% archives on our web site at And follow us on Twitter @51PercentRadio This week’s show is #1640.

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