Chats for February 2012

Dan_Partridge

Recap: Health department director chats about services, role in community

Wednesday, February 22, 2012, 11:00 a.m.

Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department Director Dan Partridge discussed the department's role in community health. The department is gathering information from the public about its health concerns through focus groups, an online survey and one-on-one interviews so it can do a better job of providing services. Partridge has spent nearly 20 years in public health and became the director of the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department in 2007. He previously served as director of administrative services for the Reno County Health Department in Hutchinson, where he also served as director of environmental health and as an environmental health sanitarian.

Matt Tait

Completed chat with KU football beat writer Matt Tait

Thursday, February 16, 2012, 1:30 p.m.

Have a question about KU football? Then KU football beat writer Matt Tait is your guy. Matt will be answering reader questions starting at 1:30 p.m. Thursday.

Dr. Ryan Neuhofel

Recap: Lawrence doctor chats about unique practice

Thursday, February 16, 2012, 11:00 a.m.

Dr. Ryan Neuhofel will be available Feb. 16 to discuss his new family practice in Lawrence. Neuhofel is unique in that he doesn’t accept health insurance or third party plans; instead he charges fees for services. He’s even willing to barter.

Matt Tait

Completed chat with KU football beat writer Matt Tait

Thursday, February 9, 2012, 4:00 p.m.

Have a question about KU football? Then KU football beat writer Matt Tait is your guy. Matt will be answering reader questions starting at 4 p.m. Thursday.

Shawn Sullivan

Recap: Department on Aging Secretary chats about Medicaid reform

Monday, February 6, 2012, 3:00 p.m.

Kansas Department on Aging Secretary Shawn Sullivan will be available Feb. 6 to discuss the state’s plan to privatize the Medicaid program or other policies regarding senior care. Sullivan heads the Department on Aging which is responsible for administration of Older American’s Act programs, distribution of Medicaid long-term care payments, and regulation and survey processes for several different adult care home licensure categories. Sullivan has been involved with aging services for 18 years. Before heading the Department on Aging, he was executive director of Kansas Masonic Home in Wichita, which received a state award for its efforts in culture change and person-centered care.

Matt Tait

Completed chat with Matt Tait, KU football beat writer

Thursday, February 2, 2012, 4:00 p.m.

Have a question about KU football? Signing day? The new KU assistant coaches? Then KU football beat writer Matt Tait is your guy. Matt will be answering reader questions starting at 4 p.m. Thursday.

Dr. Michael Zabel

Recap: Longtime Lawrence cardiologist discusses heart health

Thursday, February 2, 2012, 10:00 a.m.

Dr. Michael Zabel, of Cardiovascular Specialists of Lawrence, will discuss heart disease — America’s No. 1 killer — in recognition of American Heart Month. Zabel earned his medical degree from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis in 1988. He completed a residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in cardiology at Duke University Medical Center. Zabel is a clinical associate professor at the University of Missouri Kansas City School of Medicine. He has done a variety of research on heart disease and treatments.