Affinity Strategies

House Call: Sharing Stories to Inspire Change

Lauren Shaffer
December 22, 2022

In October 2021, Affinity Strategies released its first episode of House Call, interviewing special guests and featuring some of the most important topics relevant to the health care industry. As we wrap up 2022, we are taking a look back with host Claire Vincent at how this passion project began, how it has evolved and where we look forward to taking it in the year ahead.

What is your role in the House Call podcast and what does your day-to-day look like in this role?

I am the host of the House Call podcast series. Affinity Strategies—in particular, Liz—has done a great job over the last year or so of securing great guests for our show. In addition to interviewing our guests for each episode, I also schedule the recording with our producer and gather information from our guests about their background, interests and what they’d like to discuss on the episode. I provide our graphic designer with our guest’s headshot as well as the title of the episode so they can create our episode’s cover art.

Based upon the information gathered from our guests and my additional research, I craft the questions to ask our guests and provide them in advance of our recording. Following our recording, I listen to the uncut version of the recording to draft the episode’s intro, pre-outro and outro and then record these additional pieces with our producer.

Who all is involved in producing the podcast? How would you describe the team?

We work with a professional radio producer, Derek, who has worked producing talk shows for SiriusXM radio for years. Derek is incredibly efficient, experienced and a pleasure to work with. We’re so lucky to be able to leverage his expertise.

How did you get your start with the House Call podcast?

Liz and I have known each other for many years and after I completed my voice acting training, we were brainstorming ideas on how I could get my feet wet in the voice over industry. We talked about starting a podcast to help bring awareness about Affinity Strategies’ client organizations as well as other healthcare professionals. Liz graciously offered me the opportunity to host—and the rest is history!

What is the mission of the podcast and how has the podcast changed/evolved over the past year?

House Call’s mission is to explore ways in which healthcare professionals are advancing medicine through research and advancements, as well as the impact of quality assurance. We do this by featuring firsthand stories that unpack the rapid changes in the field and showcase why Affinity Strategies does what they do.

The podcast has evolved over the last year in two primary ways. First, as mentioned earlier, we use a professional producer for our series. Second, we’ve been working hard to coordinate the monthly episode topics with other issues that Affinity Strategies is focusing on that same month.

How do you see it growing and evolving in the future?

We are looking forward to Affinity Strategy client groups launching their own podcast series with our support. I think we’ve been producing a great product and we hope to be able to share our experience and expertise.

Why are you passionate about the work you do?

Voice acting is something that I’ve wanted to try for a long time. I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to host House Call and talk with interesting guests about so many thought-provoking topics. I learn so much during each episode. Moreover, the topics we discuss are important to share with not only Affinity Strategies’ clients but also, healthcare providers in general and anyone who has an interest in medicine.

What might others not know about House Call that they should?

You’ll soon be able to find the series on Affinity Strategies’ website.

What differences do you hope to be making in the lives of others through the podcast?

I hope that our listeners will learn something new, find the stories shared to be relatable and thought-provoking and perhaps be inspired to take some action for the betterment of humankind.

Do you have a memorable experience over the past year of production that you would like to share?

This is a really tough question to answer as I’ve had so many memorable experiences over the last year. But, our two-part series entitled, “It’s The Little Things That Matter” (episodes 5 and 6) with Kayla McLaughlin about transgender medicine, was particularly interesting and compelling. And I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention our inaugural episode with Liz called “We Can Do Better.” Her personal medical journey, the evolution of her company, Affinity Strategies, and her advice for entrepreneurs is truly awe-inspiring.

Anything else you think is valuable for our readers to know?

We are always open to feedback — from thoughts about particular episodes to ideas for future shows, we’d love to hear it!

You can find House Call – An Affinity Strategies Podcast and its full 13 episodes on Apple Podcasts and Spotify. We encourage you to take a listen today: