Al Waller | WYPR

Al Waller

Host, ClearPath

Al Waller is a long time native of the Baltimore area. He entered the field of Human Resources Management starting as an HR Generalist with PwC (Pricewaterhouse-Coopers). This marked the beginning of a 30 year career that advanced into the management level for locally and globally based corporations. His primary area of expertise has focused on but not limited to: Talent Acquisition /Retention, Employee Relations as well as Training & Development. 

In 2004, he established Applewood Partners where he has specialized in advising emerging small business clients as both an internal and external consultant. During this period he has developed insight into a variety of industries including: health care and insurance. Some of these clients have included: St. Paul's Travelers, Nationwide Better Health, Johns Hopkins Health System and F&G Life Insurance. As a footnote, this is not Al's first experience in radio. In a former life, he was a Disc Jockey playing music on local college radio stations including Johns Hopkins' WJHU/AM when the signal traveled less than a quarter of a mile, if that!

"Hosting Clearpath has been rewarding as it allows the project team to impart critical information regarding health and retirement that directly impact our listening audience. And, the fact that my broadcast experience and WYPR's roots go back to WJHU, it feels like I’ve come full circle."

COVID-19 Testing: When & Where

Jan 18, 2021

Currently, the United States has the highest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases and related deaths in the world. It is important to be vigilant now and in the future, to stop the spread. Joining me is Mihaela Vincze, public health expert for nonprofit Transamerica Institute, here to discuss when and where to get tested for COVID-19.  
  

COVID-19 Communication

Jan 11, 2021

With the significant increase in COVID-19 cases we have seen this winter, it is important for people to be prepared for potential conversations regarding COVID-19 exposure. Open communication is non-judging and leads to trust. When someone reveals that they are positive, or they had an encounter – focus on listening rather than responding quickly.    

Toxic Positivity During the Pandemic

Jan 4, 2021

  Al:  In a year with lots of bad news, social unrest, and economic uncertainty, the pressure to be positive is widespread. Joining me is Mihaela Vincze, public health expert for nonprofit Transamerica Institute here to discuss how this compulsion to be positive can become toxic.

Al: Thanks for joining me.
Mihaela: Thank you for having me.

Holidays & Social Distancing

Dec 28, 2020

This is Al Waller, your host for ClearPath Radio – Your Roadmap to Health and Wealth. Last month the CDC reported that even small social gatherings are causing a surge in COVID-19 cases. Joining me is Mihaela Vincze, public health expert for nonprofit Transamerica Institute, here to discuss social distancing during the holiday season.
Al: Thanks for joining me, Mihaela.
Mihaela: Thank you for having me.

  

The Power of Gratitude During the Pandemic

Dec 21, 2020

This is Al Waller, your host for ClearPath Radio – Your Roadmap to Health and Wealth. This year of uncertainty, change, and confusion has many of us looking for a source of strength. Joining me is Mihaela Vincze, public health expert for nonprofit Transamerica Institute here to discuss the power and health benefits of gratitude.

  

Substance Abuse During COVID-19

Dec 14, 2020

National alcohol sales in stores were up 54% in March 2020 compared to March 2019, and online sales were up 262%, according to a RAND Corporation study. Joining me is Mihaela Vincze, the public health expert for nonprofit Transamerica Institute, here to discuss substance abuse during the pandemic.

 

Second Wave of COVID-19 & Mental Health

Dec 7, 2020

This is Al Waller, your host for ClearPath Radio – Your Roadmap to Health and Wealth. Experts indicate we are experiencing a second wave of COVID-19, and it could lead to a new wave of mental health issues. Joining me is Mihaela Vincze, public health expert for nonprofit Transamerica Institute, here to discuss how to prepare for this difficult time.

Increasing Productivity During COVID-19

Nov 30, 2020

This is Al Waller, your host for ClearPath Radio – Your Roadmap to Health and Wealth. Many people have been feeling less productive than usual during the pandemic. Joining me is Mihaela Vincze, public health expert for nonprofit Transamerica Institute, here to discuss ways to decrease stress and increase productivity.

We’re back with another edition of ClearPath – Your Roadmap to Health & Wealth.  I’m your host, Al Waller. 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote in the United States. Since then, women have made great strides in educational achievement and career opportunities. Despite this progress, they continue to be at greater risk than men of not achieving a financially secure retirement due to obstacles such as lower pay and time out of the workforce for parenting or caregiving. Catherine Collinson, president of nonprofit Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies is joining us to share her insights.

  

We’re back with another edition of ClearPath – Your Roadmap to Health & Wealth.  I’m your host, Al Waller. 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote in the United States. Since then, women have made great strides in educational achievement and career opportunities. Despite this progress, they continue to be at greater risk than men of not achieving a financially secure retirement due to obstacles such as lower pay and time out of the workforce for parenting or caregiving. Catherine Collinson, president of nonprofit Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies is joining us to share her insights.

  

2021 Open Enrollment

Nov 9, 2020

In the first half of 2020, 43.4 percent of U.S. adults ages 19 to 64 were inadequately insured, according to the Commonwealth Fund Biennial Health Insurance Survey. Joining me is Mihaela Vincze, the Program Specialist for nonprofit Transamerica Center for Health Studies, here to discuss Open Enrollment season amid this public health crisis.  

Al:

What exactly is “Open Enrollment”?

Medicare Open Enrollment

Nov 2, 2020

Roughly 20 percent of the American population was enrolled in Medicare in 2020, according to AARP. Mihaela Vincze, from nonprofit Transamerica Center for Health Studies, is joining me to discuss the open enrollment period for Medicare, the federal health insurance program designed for those 65 and older.

Preventive Care During the Pandemic

Oct 26, 2020

Welcome back to ClearPath – Your Roadmap to Health and Wealth. I’m your host Al Waller.

And joining us today is Mihaela Vincze, the Program Specialist for the nonprofit Transamerica Center for Health Studies.

Now according to research from the Health Care Institute… Mammograms  are down nearly 80 percent in April 2020 compared to 2019, which raises the importance of preventive health services.

So beyond the obvious.Why are preventive services so critical?

Self-Care During the Pandemic

Oct 19, 2020

Now, dating back every week since late April of this year, roughly a third of Americans have shown symptoms of anxiety or depressive disorders according to the National Center for Health Statistics which on the face of it sounds pretty disturbing.

Fortunately- we have Mihaela Vincze, Program Specialist for the nonprofit Transamerica Center for Health Studies and she’s joining us today to discuss self-care strategies which can aid & assist us in coping. 

So Mihaela, when we refer to this “self-care” concept, what exactly are we talking about?

Coping with Stress During the Pandemic

Oct 12, 2020

A recent survey has found that almost 6 in 10 workers say that they have experienced impacts to their employment by the pandemic such as a reduction in work hours, furloughs, and layoffs. Joining me is Mihaela Vincze, the program specialist for nonprofit Transamerica Center for Health Studies to discuss the impacts of this stress on our health.

Mindfulness And Meditation Amid The Pandemic

Sep 28, 2020

A recent survey found that only one in five people indicate they practice mindfulness and meditation on a consistent basis. Joining me is Mihaela Vincze, the Program Specialist for nonprofit Transamerica Center for Health Studies to discuss the importance of adopting these practices, especially during this pandemic.

  

Once again, we’re back with another edition of ClearPath – Your Roadmap to Health & Wealth.  I’m your host, Al Waller.

Now…social interaction can provide a sense of connectivity and community, which can often combat feelings of isolation.

However, amid the coronavirus pandemic it’s nearly impossible for many people, especially older adults and retirees, to have a lot of in-person social interaction.

Catherine Collinson, president of the nonprofit Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies is joining us to share some virtual resources that older adults can take advantage of.

So, to begin with Catherine, can you elaborate further on the importance of older adults using technology as a means to remain engaged and connected during the pandemic?

The pandemic and recession has upended almost every aspect of our everyday lives from layoffs & furloughs……to home schooling children. However….one group that we don’t talk enough about are the older adults who are in retirement.  

Today, we have Catherine Collinson, president of the nonprofit Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies to share with us findings from a recent survey of retirees.

Data released by Mental Health America revealed that since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, mental health conditions are increasing in prevalence and severity.  Mihaela Vincze, the program specialist for nonprofit Transamerica Center for Health Studies, is here to talk about the mental health impacts from our new reality.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to threaten the lives and livelihoods of people across the country, we are learning many Americans are avoiding routine medical care for fear of the virus. 

  Joining me to discuss this is Christopher Wells, from nonprofit Transamerica Center for Health Studies. Welcome back, Christopher.

One of the greatest threats to an individual’s financial security these days is getting scammed. During pandemic where so many people are struggling, it’s especially disheartening that there are so many scammers out there trying to steal people’s personally identifiable information and money. Catherine Collinson, president of nonprofit Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies, is here today to talk about the latest scams.

We’re back with another edition of ClearPath – Your Roadmap to Health & Wealth.  I’m your host, Al Waller.  

COVID-19 has complicated workers’ financial and retirement security across generations and the pandemic’s full impact is far from becoming clear.

A recent survey found that fewer than six in 10,  U.S. workers reported they are eating healthy on a consistent basis amid the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Well….we’re back with another edition of ClearPath – Your Roadmap to Health & Wealth. I’m your host, Al Waller. And…today, we’re going to discuss how the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act…..(otherwise known as the CARES Act) impacts loans and early withdrawals from 401(k) retirement accounts. 

COVID-19 and the ensuing recession has been just so devastating for families across the country, as millions of Americans have lost their jobs—their health insurance—and in some cases both.

With the current pandemic and its various impacts continuing to be felt around the world. U.S. workers have seen negative impacts to their finances and savings.

Plant-Based Foods

Jul 6, 2020

Now its been a few week since we’ve been able to connect due to the impact of Covid-19. And there have been quite a few challenges and disruptions to our lives especially when it comes to shopping and eating habits.

With numerous meat packing and poultry facilities being forced to shut down, folks are beginning to look at alternatives to the food they serve and consume.

  

As we track the continuing spread of COVID-19 across the country, we are becoming increasing aware of the number of COVID-19 cases in rural America.

With the current pandemic that has upended many of our lives, it is imperative that we care for the most vulnerable people around us. For many of us, that may be our older parents. Catherine Collinson, president of nonprofit Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies, is here to help us with ways we can better prepare our parents.  

  

As the number of COVID-19 cases in rural states like Wyoming, Montana, Oklahoma, and Idaho rise, more attention is now being focused on our rural health care system. 

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