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Kansas State of Health

02/18/11     Topeka, KS


8:30–9:30 a.m.

Breakfast briefing: State government and health

• Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer, M.D.

9:45–10:45 a.m.

Health reform: What’s the latest and what’s next

• Adele Hughey, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Region 7 intergovernmental affairs specialist

• Kit Wagar, HHS Region 7 outreach specialist

11 a.m.–noon

News briefing: Community safety net clinics

• Cathy Harding, executive director, Kansas Association for the Medically Underserved

12:30–2:30 p.m.

Lunch briefing: Health insurance in Kansas

• Sandy Praeger, Kansas insurance commissioner

Kansas Capitol Building

Friday, Feb. 18

Kansas Health Institute
212 SW Eighth Ave.
Topeka, KS 66603
(near the state capitol | map)

Deadline to RSVP: Feb. 14, 5 p.m. CST

Kansas health is making news. Health reform battles are moving to the state level. Tight tax dollars are straining local health programs. And the list goes on.

Journalists across Kansas have the chance to access government officials and health experts with a focus on health stories that impact the state's residents and media audiences. 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 seminar will provide journalists insight into state government's role in health policy. Attendees will leave the event with stories for their newsrooms right away, plus solid ideas for future health-related stories. Come hear the latest on a variety of topics, including:

  • Upcoming health priorities in state government
  • Health status of Kansas residents
  • How will health reform impact Kansas?
  • Health stories that impact your community

How to attend

The day's events run from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and will include a free breakfast and lunch. While there are no registration fees, to reserve meals and obtain credentials for the event, you must have RSVPed before the Feb. 14 deadline. Call AHCJ at 573-884-5606 with any questions. The deadline to RSVP is 5 p.m. CST on Feb. 14.

The Kansas State of Health event is an 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