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Rural Health Journalism Workshop 2008: Schedule

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Tentative list of sessions
Tentative list of sessions
Ethnic Media Fellowships
Small Newsroom Stipends
Getting There

Friday, May 2

3-4 p.m.


4-5:20 p.m.

What reporters should know about rural residents and rural health

  • Dennis Berens, director, Nebraska Office of Rural Health
  • Charles Fluharty, president emeritus and director of policy programs, Rural Policy Research Institute
  • Patricia Thomas, Knight Chair in Health and Medical Journalism, University of Georgia
  • Moderator: Al Cross, director, Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues

5:30 p.m.

Opening reception

Saturday, May 3

8-9 a.m.

Registration and breakfast

9-10:15 a.m.

Diabetes prevention and treatment in susceptible communities

  • Edwin B. Fisher, Ph.D., program director, Diabetes Initiative
  • David Gardner, M.D., F.A.C.E., associate professor, University of Missouri Department of Medicine
  • Patty Johnson, R.N., B.S.N., C.D.E., diabetes nurse educator, PRIDE Initiative, University of Pittsburgh Diabetes Institute Ross Building
  • Moderator: David Templeton, health and science reporter, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

10:30-11:45 a.m.

How Medicare drug and fee plans affect rural health

  • Bonnie Burns, training and policy specialist, California Health Advocates
  • Timothy D. McBride, Ph.D., professor of health management and policy, St. Louis University
  • Moderator: Trudy Lieberman, director, Health and Medicine Reporting Program, Graduate School of Journalism at City University of New York

Data and mapping: Resources for visualizing rural health

  • Christopher Fulcher, director, Community Information Resource Center, University of Missouri's Rural Policy Research Institute
  • Dave Poulson, associate director, Knight Center for Environmental Journalism
  • Moderator: Jeff Porter, special projects director, Association of Health Care Journalists

Noon-1:30 p.m.

Lunch: Addressing current and future health workforce hurdles

  • Michael Evans, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.C.H.E., Maxine Clark and Bob Fox dean and professor, Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College
  • Tom Morris, acting associate administrator for rural health policy, Health Resources and Services Administration
  • Rex Nelson, alternate federal co-chairman, Delta Regional Authority
  • Moderator: Mary Jo Feldstein, health and business reporter, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

1:45-3 p.m.

Immigration's challenge to rural health

  • Eduardo D. Crespi, R.N., director and founder, Centro Latino de Salud, Columbia, Mo.
  • Michael Kennedy, M.D., assistant dean of rural health education, University of Kansas School of Medicine
  • Carol Miller, M.P.H., executive director, National Center for Frontier Communities
  • Moderator: Kelley Weiss, health care reporter, Capital Public Radio, Sacramento

Are services keeping up with an increasingly aging population?

  • Twyla Baker-Demaray, M.S., research analyst, National Resource Center on Native American Aging, University of North Dakota Center for Rural Health
  • Don Sipes, vice president, regional services and CEO, Saint Luke's Northland Hospital-Smithville campus, Kansas City
  • Moderator: Julius Karash, health and business reporter, The Kansas City Star

3:15-4:45 p.m.

Status of oral and visual health in rural America

  • Dewana Allen, program manager, Eye Care Community Outreach, Indiana University School of Optometry
  • Dan Brody, dentist, Valley Health Center, Fort Gay, W.V.
  • Moderator: Eric Eyre, health reporter, The Charleston (W.V.) Gazette

Mental health: From substance abuse to access barriers

  • Ronald G. Denney, M.A., L.M.L.P., executive director, Four County Mental Health Center Inc., southeast Kansas
  • Lee Flamik, M.S., director of customer services, Larned (Kan.) State Hospital
  • Joe Hinkebein, Ph.D., facility recovery coordinator and acting substance abuse team leader, Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans' Hospital
  • Moderator: Dave Ranney, senior writer/editor, KHI News Service

5 p.m.

Closing reception

Sunday, May 4

9 a.m.-Noon

Computer-assisted hands-on training

  • Instructor: Jeff Porter, special projects director, Association of Health Care Journalists