Chelsea Clinton discusses inspiration behind new children’s book, podcast

The former first daughter shares about the latest addition to her “She Persisted” book series and her new public health-focused podcast, “In Fact.”
3:13 | 04/15/21

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Transcript for Chelsea Clinton discusses inspiration behind new children’s book, podcast
Sara has the next question. Being a mom inspired you to write the children's series "She persisted" which has now expanded to chapter books including the newest one about Virginia Apgar. Now, I know about her. Tell us about her and why a lot more people know about her than they might think. Sara, the first test we take in life is the Apgar test. It's administered when we're born. It helps doctors and nurses, not only here in New York where I'm sitting and where "The view" ladies are, but really all over the world. It helps anyone bringing a baby safely into the world assess how healthy that baby is. When my children were born, the first thing I learned about them beyond hearing that amazing cry and gratitude that their lungs were full and they were loud, I heard the doctors and nurses discuss their Apgar scores. Billions of kids have had the Apgar test performed on them. Virginia Apgar has an amazing story of persistence. She knew she wanted to be a doctor because of health struggles in her own family. Wanted to be a surgeon and was told girls don't do that. She was determined to make her mark. She helped found the March of dimes. She created this Apgar score to assess baby's health which is the gold standard today, decades after she first created it. This week you also debuted your new podcast, "In fact with Chelsea Clinton." It looks at public health and tackles topics that impact all F us. Can you tell us a little more about it and why you wanted to do a podcast on this topic? Thank you, Meghan, yes. In my lifetime there's never been more people paying attention to public health. While people are paying attention to public health, I hope that "In fact" can broaden people's understanding of what public health is. It isn't just covid. It isn't just vaccines and vaccinations. It's stigma. It's substance disorder and treatment. It's mental health. It's how we think about supporting kids' mental health while they're young and help them support their own mental health as they get older. I'm so grateful I can talk about this issues with "In fact" and highlight some of the contemporary Virginia apgars who doing great work and help keeping kids be healthy and stay Excellent. As always, Chelsea Clinton, it's a pleasure to have you. Keep coming back. Keep us alert to what's happening on the planet and in our lives. "She persisted" is available every place you can buy books or audio books.

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