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Episode 42: Hitting the Reset Button on Healthcare

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“We all learn in different ways. And I feel like people are more likely to remember things when they’re having fun and when they’re engaged with the material,” shares Keshia Bradford, MPA. Keshia is a doctoral candidate in leadership at Creighton University. She joined Doctors for America in May of 2022 after spending 9 years as the Director of Strategic Initiatives for the Health Center Association of Nebraska. She is seeking to make changes in healthcare through her research and innovative learning techniques that give healthcare professionals permission and space to play and be creative.

With Doctors for America, Keshia is excited to use her larger platform to promote real change. On the monthly action event calls, she builds in activities and fun themes that help inspire an environment of play. These activities give people an opportunity to take what they have just learned on the call and immediately apply it. She began these creative training sessions at her prior job where she would incorporate learning and playful themes like Mission Impossible with matching music, activities, and snacks. By infusing energy, creativity, and fun into the environment, healthcare professionals have an opportunity to shake off their serious personas, learn by doing, reduce overall stress, and enter a flow state. 

It’s no secret that healthcare in America needs serious changes.

It is very fragmented and there are so many areas for improvement that require everyone in healthcare to work together to make the necessary changes. There’s no reason that working toward this common goal can’t also be fun along the way. Learn more about how to incorporate fun into healthcare training spaces and how opening up to being a little silly can actually increase learning, reduce stress, and improve overall engagement.

About Keshia Bradford, MPA (ABD in EdD in Leadership):

Keshia Bradford, MPA, EdD candidate, is pursuing an EdD in Leadership at Creighton University. Keshia’s dissertation explores the self-perceptions of insured and uninsured individuals in Omaha, Nebraska. Prior to joining Doctors for America, Keshia was at Health Center Association of Nebraska (HCAN) as their Director of Strategic Initiatives for nine years. Keshia had a variety of focus areas; Affordable Care Act (ACA), emergency preparedness, workforce recruitment, vulnerable populations all while providing training and technical assistance to all seven Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs).

Pre-covid, Keshia served as a panelist in many national conferences and received a 2016 Geiger Gibson Emerging Leader award through the National Association of Community Health Centers. Additionally, social justice has always been important to Keshia, and in recent years, she has participated in many diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) trainings. Keshia has helped lead conversations on DEI, conducted further research on the health disparities affecting people of color, and identified racism’s role in perpetuating these disparities.

Keshia is a graduate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) Masters of Public Administration program and of Creighton University’s Health Administration and Policy program. In addition to work and school, Keshia is a board member of Girls, Inc.- Omaha chapter and The Collective for Hope focused on providing grief support for those who have lost a loved one. In her free time, Keshia enjoys kayaking, karaoke, hiking, and spending time with close friends and family.

In This Episode We're Talking About:

  • Intersectionalities of healthcare-things that intertwine with healthcare
  • The importance of self in improving one’s health
  • How to infuse energy, creativity, and fun into the healthcare environment


  • “We can all move in the same direction together and have a little fun. There’s no reason why we can’t have a little fun.” (18:24-18:33 | Keshia) 


  • “We all learn in different ways. And I feel like people are more likely to remember things when they’re having fun and when they’re engaged with the material. And so during the times that I would do training, I would also build in activities that were indicative of the work that they did, but then also played on a fun theme.” (24:31-24:58 | Keshia)


  • “We have monthly calls where we have action event calls. And so these are opportunities for people to join, learn about a topic, and then be able to take what they learned and apply it right away.” (27:06-27:19 | Keshia)

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About The Catalyst Host, Dr. Lara Salyer:

I worked as a family physician for 15 years until burnout changed the trajectory of my career. I realized I wanted to start a holistic functional medicine practice in my rural hometown and made it happen. In addition to practicing functional medicine, I now mentor practitioners who are looking to change their paths in healthcare by using what I refer to as the “Catalyst Roadmap”. I share each step of this framework with listeners so that they may apply it to their careers, relationships, personal goals, and projects. 

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