Let's Talk About Health

Anthropology of Health instructor Dr. Madeleine Mant introduces students to the wide world of health careers in her new “Let’s Talk About Health” video series. Dr. Mant interviews health experts working in various healthcare fields and settings.

Episode 1: Standardized Patient

In this episode Dr. Madeleine Mant speaks to Sarah Granger, who works as a standardized patient. How did Sarah get into this work and how does she define health and wellness as she is "playing sick"? Let's talk about it! Watch on YouTube.


Episode 2: Physiotherapist

In this episode Dr. Mant chats with physiotherapist Ali Sawyer. How do you develop trust with a patient when speaking about intimate health issues? Where might we find physiotherapists working? What kinds of support do healthcare practitioners themselves need? Let's talk about it! Watch on YouTube.


Episode 3: Registered Nurse

In this episode Dr. Mant speaks with Danielle Bourque-Bearskin, a registered nurse. What is it like to switch roles from public health nursing to critical care? How do nurses fit into a healthcare team? Can we incorporate Indigenous concepts of wellbeing into western biomedicine? Let's talk about it! Watch on YouTube


Episode 4: Dietician

In this episode Dr. Mant chats with dietician Shirley Walsh, who reveals that her job is about so much more than just calories. How is food connected to patients' culture, families, and emotions? What health and healing words does Shirley avoid when talking to patients? What is the difference between a dietician and a nutritionist? Let's talk about it! Watch on YouTube.


Episode 5: Pharmacist

In this episode Dr. Mant speaks with Dr. Justin Peddle, a clinical pharmacist. What is the role of a pharmacist in a medical oncology team? Why might your pharmacist phone you at home? What does the term "healthy" mean anyway? Let's talk about it! Watch on YouTube.


Episode 6: Health Geographer

In this episode Dr. Mant chats with Dr. Paul Hackett about his work as a health geographer. How does his work intersect with anthropology and history? How do health geographers work with space and place? How did the jet age affect the very fabric of space and time?! Let's talk about it! Watch on YouTube.


Episode 7: Paleoepidemiologist

In this episode Dr. Mant speaks to Dr. Mindy Pitre about her career as a paleoepidemiologist. What sources of information might inform us about ancient health? How can we learn about health and wellness from the dead? How long does it take to become a university professor? Let's talk about it! Watch on YouTube.


Episode 8: Midwife

In this episode Dr. Mant speaks with midwife Lauren Tignanelli. How do midwives build relationships with their patients? What is the difference between a midwife and a doula? How do midwives think about holistic health? Let's talk about it! Watch on YouTube.


Episode 9: English & Disability Studies Scholar

In this episode Dr. Mant speaks with Dr. Travis Chi Wing Lau about his work as an English professor and disability studies scholar. How are science and literary studies related? What is the difference between disability studies and crip studies? How can we talk about health in a historical moment? Let's talk about it! Watch on YouTube.


Episode 10: Indigenous Advisor

In this episode Dr. Mant is joined by Cat Criger, the University of Toronto Mississauga's Indigenous Advisor! How does Cat encourage wellness of mind, body, and spirit? How can we dig into the root causes of health and wellness issues? How do metaphors of hunting and gardening relate to searching for health information? Let's talk about it! Watch on YouTube.