What is Action Phase?

Action Phase is a public health podcast created by me, Teagan Keating, a Health Communications Fellow at the National Cancer Institute and a recent graduate of Drexel University School of Public Health. While co-organizing the Philadelphia Podcast Festival, I was inspired to look for public health podcasts to add to my rotation. When I came up short on podcasts created by individuals rather than universities or government agencies, the wonderful Nathan Kuruna suggested I start one of my own. So here I am, getting the public health podcast party started!

Action Phase is primarily an interview-based show.  I aim to talk with professionals who practice public health principles in diverse ways.


What do you talk about?

I define public health as focusing on population health by seeking to engage communities in preventing illness and effectively treating conditions while understanding that external influences have significant impact on health.

Because health comes from more than just good genes, good habits, and good luck, conversations on Action Phase will cover a range of topics, including but certainly not limited to:

  • The Affordable Care Act (ACA)
  • Education and health
  • Emergency preparedness
  • Mental and emotional health
  • Nutrition
  • Pollution and environmental justice
  • Sexual and reproductive health
  • Technology and health
  • Violence and suicide prevention
  • Workplace safety


Where do you record? How often are new episodes posted?

I am based in the always sunny Philadelphia. A new episode is available each week.


What’s the best way to get in touch with you?

You can follow Action Phase on Twitter, and shoot me an email at actionphasepodcast (@) gmail (dot) com.

You can also follow me personally on Twitter.

If you’re interested in being on the show, please send me an email with the subject “Guest-Your Name.” Oh, and you don’t have to be in the Philadelphia area—Skype is perfect for interviews!


How did you come up with the name? 

The term “action phase” comes from the Stages of Change model of behavioral change (sometimes called the Transtheoretical Model). This model suggests that there are multiple phases a person must move through in order to make a (health) behavior change. This image summarizes it well:

The podcast is called Action Phase for a few reasons:

  • Because the duty of public health is to promote health, prevent illness, and protect the public, most programs aim to help people move into the Action Phase.
  • I found myself moving into the Action Phase when I decided to start the podcast, and a nod to the theoretical model seemed appropriate.
  • I didn’t think The Mann-Whitney U Test Podcast would sound overly compelling.


The first episodes were released in October 2013. Please be sure to have a listen!