Hosted by: Kathy Davis, Mark Hannay, and Bob Lederer
We challenge corporate threats to our health, demystify the latest research findings, expose inequities in medical access, and present personal steps and activist campaigns to improve your health and that of the community and planet.
Bob Lederer co-founded a collective AIDS program at WBAI in 1990. In 1994, the program was broadened and renamed Health Action, and Bob continued as a coordinating producer. From 2003 to 2006, he was also editor of the WBAI Website and Folio (printed program guide). From 2006 to 2013, he was a specialist in research, policy, and advocacy for Bronx Health Link, a nonprofit health education, research, and advocacy organization for Bronx residents, particularly low-income communities. For 30 years, Bob has also been an activist on various health and social justice issues. In addition, he has been a print journalist reporting on HIV/AIDS, health care, and human rights for such publications as City Limits, Spin Magazine, POZ (national magazine about living with HIV/AIDS, of which Bob was an editor) and various LGBT publications.
Kathy Davis has been a coordinating producer and co-host of Health Action since 1995, and producer/host of Heart of Mind (Mondays, 1:00-2:00 p.m.) since 2000. She has also been WBAI's Public Affairs Director since March 2003.
An Energy Healer and Qigong Instructor, with certification in Reiki, the Sandlin Technique and Qigong. She is founder of the Healer Within Project and the CORENERGY Path to Healing System.
Mark Hannay is Director of the Metro New York Health Care for All Campaign, a citywide coalition of community groups and labor unions founded in 1993 that advocates for fundamental health care reform leading to a universal health care program. He is a member of the Steering Committees of various statewide coalitions, including Health Care for All New York, New Yorkers for Accessible Health Coverage, and Medicaid Matters New York. He also chairs the board of the national Universal Health Care Action Network, and serves on the board of the NY Metro Chapter of Physicians for a National Health Program.
Mark began his health activist career in 1991 as a member of the Insurance and Health Care Access Committee of ACT UP/New York. During the Clinton health care reform period of 1993-4, Mark worked as a Public Policy Associate at Gay Men’s Health Crisis, where he focused on health care and insurance issues for people living with HIV.
Since 2002, Mark has co-hosted the weekly “Health Action” program broadcast over WBAI/Pacifica radio. Mark was a recipient of the 2012 Tisch Community Health Prize given by the Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College, and served 5 years on the Community Advisory Committee of the New York State Health Foundation. He is a member of the Greater New York City Regional Advisory Committee for New York State’s new health benefits exchange marketplace, known as “New York State of Health”.
Mark is a graduate of the University of Rochester with a degree in psychology, and studied psychology at the graduate level at New York University.
Associate producer: John Riley
John Riley, an associate producer of Health Action since 2002, has been a longtime queer and AIDS activist.
He is also a member of the OUT-FM collective, which produces WBAI's OUT-FM program (Tuesdays 7-8pm). John has been involved in scientific research since 1979.
His past activism has included participation in the movement to press the University of Iowa to divest stocks in companies doing business with South Africa in the late 1970's; he was a founding member of the Progressive Student Network in 1980; he helped found the Central America Solidarity committee in Iowa City; he co-founded a bisexual support group in 1982; he lived in cooperative housing projects from 1982-1991 with the exception of one year when he lived in China. John traveled and studied Spanish in Central America on several occasions.