Career Development : Calendar

Kansas State of Health

01/15/10     Topeka, KS


Speaker bios

8:30–9:30 a.m

Breakfast briefing: State implications of federal health reform

• Andy Allison, executive director, Kansas Health Policy Authority (PDF of presentation)

• Sandy Praeger, Kansas insurance commissioner

9:45–10:45 a.m.

Briefing on major health issues facing Kansans in 2010 and H1N1 update 

• Jason Eberhart-Phillips, M.D., M.P.H.,State Health Officer, director of the Division of Health, Kansas Department of Health and Environment (PDF of presentation)

11 a.m.–noon

Health policy discussion with legislative leaders

• House Minority Leader Paul Davis, D-Lawrence
• Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley, D-Topeka
• Senate Majority Leader Derek Schmidt, R-Independence
• Rep. Brenda Landwehr, R-Wichita

12:30 –2:30 p.m. (Lunch)

Lunch briefing: Health Information Exchange – An opportunity to improve the health and care of Kansans

• Roderick Bremby, Kansas Department of Health and Environment Secretary

Kansas Capitol Building


Friday, Jan. 15
Topeka, Kan.

Kansas Health Institute
212 SW Eighth Ave.
Topeka, Kan. 66603
(directly across from the state Capitol | map)

Speaker bios

A day devoted to journalists across Kansas will give access to state officials and health experts with a focus on improving health reporting. The news-breaking event will provide journalists with the tools needed to improve the depth and amount of coverage focused on critical state and local health issues. The seminars will provide journalists from Kansas insight into state government's role in health policy. The journalists will leave the event with stories for their newsrooms right away, plus solid ideas for future health-related stories. Attendees will hear the latest on a variety of topics, especially important during a time when health – from reform to H1N1 – makes news every day.

Just a few of the topics we plan to cover:

  • Upcoming health priorities in state government

  • Health status of Kansas residents

  • How will health reform impact your state?

  • Health-related legislation for the upcoming session

  • The latest on H1N1

The day's events from 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. will include breakfast and lunch. Registration is closed for this event; however, if you still want to attend or have any other questions, call 573-884-5477.

The Association of Health Care Journalists is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing public understanding of health care issues. Its mission is to improve the quality, accuracy and visibility of health care reporting, writing and editing. The association has a membership of more than 900 journalists across the United States and around the world. The Kansas State of Health is a new and exciting extension of AHCJ's Midwest Health Journalism Fellowship Program. The goals include a better-educated public and more accountability for policymakers.

Supporters for the Midwest Health Journalism Fellowship Program include:

  • The Kansas Health Foundation, Wichita, Kan.

  • The Sunflower Foundation, Topeka, Kan.

  • The United Methodist Health Ministry Fund, Hutchinson, Kan.

  • REACH Healthcare Foundation, Merriam, Kan.

  • Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City, Kansas City, Mo.

  • Missouri Foundation for Health, St. Louis