The Local Lens

A Doctor in the Senate - Senator Ralph Alvarado

September 08, 2021 The Local Lens Season 2 Episode 14
The Local Lens
A Doctor in the Senate - Senator Ralph Alvarado
Show Notes

The Local Lens is a public health podcast going inside one community's experience with the drug epidemic. Everyone in the town of Stanton, KY sees this drug issue differently from each other, either because of their personal lives or professional roles. This show aims to showcase those different perspectives by having honest, in-depth interviews.

There is nearly an endless amount of roles to be played in the fight against addiction - Ralph Alvarado certainly plays an interesting one.

He is a physician, practicing internal medicine and pediatrics. He is also a Kentucky State Senator for the 28th district (Montgomery, Clark and part of Fayette County). He is also the medical director for Isaiah House, a regional recovery center.

So, we have a doctor who cares about addiction treatment in the senate. This is important for several reasons, but most notably for what it means for health policy in our state. If we're going to see real progress in the health of our communities, we have to have policy that supports recovery.

In this episode, we explore some of the challenges of healthcare and how addiction treatment fits into the wider medical world.

These are our people, using our voices, telling our stories, because no one sees it like we do.

Mentioned episodes:
Jenell Brewer - Founder of SPARK Ministries
Scott Seitz - A Holistic Approach

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