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Midwest Health Journalism Program: Schedule for Topeka Capitol Day

Sunday, Feb. 22
5:30-5:45 p.m. Arrive at Capitol Plaza Topeka
1717 SW Topeka Blvd.
6 p.m. Gather in hotel lobby to depart for dinner
6:30-8:30 p.m.

Reception and dinner
H ome of Jim McLean and Deb Miller
3520 SW Avalon Ln.

Monday, Feb. 23
8 a.m.-8:45 a.m.

Greetings and presentation on social determinants of health

8:45-9 a.m. Break to make phone calls, check e-mail, etc.
9-10:15 a.m.

Presentation on the Kansas Department of Agriculture’s food safety and inspection programs

  • Steve Morris, manager of the Division of Food Safety and Lodging
  • Rebecca Pfannenstiel, D.V.M., manager of Meat Safety and Poultry Inspection
  • George Blush, manager of Dairy Inspection
10:30-11:45 a.m.

Update on Voices for Healthcare project

11:45 a.m.-1 p.m.

Luncheon discussion

1-1:45 p.m.

Briefing on developing accreditation standards for state health agencies and local public health departments

1:45-2 p.m. Travel to VA Eastern Kansas Healthcare System
2200 SW Gage Blvd.
2-3:30 p.m.

Tour VA hospital, presentation on the VA system’s pioneering use of electronic health records

3:30 p.m. Depart