About the Podcast
Our podcast seeks to explore Health Policy – locally, regionally, nationally and even internationally. There are podcasts for medicine and health, and podcasts for policy. But until this podcast, none have been devoted to discussing solely health policy.
Since the podcast is created at a California public university, it will deal with many issues affecting Californians. But since the work of the faculty and students spans the globe, it will allow for educating the public about the great impact that the School of Public Health has in communities around the world.
Our team hopes to provide clarity to many issues, shed light on decision making and provide timely consideration of key issues affecting not only Californians but any listener.
The Podcast is moderated by Gary Rotto, Lecturer in the School of Public Health with a specialization in Medi-Cal policy and the service delivery system in Southern California. Mr. Rotto brings an unparalleled background in health policy to the air with experience directing policy for elected officials at the State, County and City levels of government. For over 10 years, he has impacted health policy on behalf of community health centers. During the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), he was a frequent guest on the KPBS program “Midday Edition” helping to unpack the many moving parts of the ACA and how the number of uninsured was decreasing with each action. He is a trusted advisor to candidates across the country as they seek unbiased information from which to create their positions on the US healthcare system.
I am a native San Diegan and avid beach-goer. I love all things outdoors and believe advocating for the health of myself and others is the foundation for fulfilling life. Being a small part of the “If I Could Change One Thing” podcast is an incredible opportunity to gain skills and knowledge that will carry me through my final year at SDSU and into my career.
Hello, my name is Joanna and I am a first year graduate student pursuing my Masters in Public Health in Epidemiology here at SDSU. I’ve had prior experience working in the public health field after receiving my Bachelors of Science in Health Science: Community Health Education. I am excited to join the “If I Could Change One Thing” Podcast Team in hopes to expand to a wider audience discussing important public health/public policy topics.
Hello! I am currently a third-year majoring in Public Health and minoring in Women’s Studies and French. I plan on working in the field of women’s health, ideally with an emphasis on sexual health and sexual harassment and violence prevention. This is my first year volunteering with the public health podcast, “If I Could Change One Thing...” and I am truly excited to be part of a team that is dedicated to educating our communities and providing new ideas, perspectives, and health content!
I aspire to become a Geriatric Nurse Practitioner, continuing to advocate and educate communities about aging. I am excited to start interning with the "If I Could Change One Thing..." podcast team, as my passion for public health policy and public health education grows!
My name is Julianna Lua and I am from the Central Valley. I am currently a fourth year at San Diego State majoring in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus on Public Health, Biology, and Spanish. I enjoy traveling and love to be on the water when the weather is right. I have been involved in Public Health since 2018 both in the classroom and in the community and wanted to continue my journey. I joined this podcast with a desire to apply myself further and to stay up to date with the current changes that affect community health. I hope to pursue a career as a Physician Assistant, and believe it is extremely important to understand health policy and its effects.
I’m a full-time student studying Public Health with some prior experience working with community members and organizations in San Diego. I joined the “If I Could Change One Thing” podcast in order to grow and learn more about public health while participating in a student-led health policy podcast.
I am a San Diego native and love being outside with a good book. I have a clinical background in health, having worked as an EMT on a city ambulance and at a hospital. I plan on getting a Master’s Degree in Biostatistics and working with health data to bridge the gap between quality healthcare and communities in need. I am excited to be a part of the important conversations about health that the team of “If I Could Change One Thing” is bringing to the public.
My name’s Andy; I’m 23 and a senior in the School of Public Health. From here, I hope to attend graduate school, to obtain my Master’s in Public Health with a focus on HIV and Immunology. Currently, I work as an EMT-B for different hospitals and organizations. My end goal is to pursue medicine at the genetic level, helping to recode and eradicate deadly viruses.