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Health Matters

airs the first Monday of every month @ 6:30pm
hosted by Rachel Rockafellow

Rachel RockafellowHealth Matters is a monthly program featuring interviews and informative segments focusing on health. Hosted by registered nurse and Bozeman resident Rachel Rockafellow (MSN, RN, CCCN), the series seeks to provide listeners with the tools they need to be active participants in their own health care by promoting wellness and spotlighting individuals and organizations committed to quality health care in both the urban and rural areas of the listening area. Health Matters is produced by Ken Siebert and Rachel Rockafellow for Yellowstone Public Radio.

Rachel Rockafellow is a registered nurse with a Master's degree in nursing education. She retired after ten years as an adjunct assistant professor at Montana State University College of Nursing. She also works at Bozeman Deaconess Urological Associates as a Board Certified Continence Care nurse. Rachel authored a monthly health education column in the women's magazine Balance published by the Bozeman Daily Chronicle for the life of the magazine from March 2003 until September of 2012. She is a member of the Bozeman Women's Activity Group (BWAGs), enjoying weekly outdoor adventures like hiking, biking, back country skiing, and canoeing.

Rachel lives in Bozeman with her husband Dave and their dog Jasper. Listeners can e-mail Rachel directly at


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Health Matters Audio Archive
YPR maintains an archive of recent Health Matters programs. They are available as on-demand, streaming audio using the Windows Media format, and as MP3 files encoded at 64kbps.

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Dr. Peder Anderson
speaker iconDr. Peder Anderson (WMA)
mp3 chickletDr. Peder Anderson (MP3)
Dr. Peder Anderson, Family Physician and winner of the 2014 Ed Anacker Bridger Ridge Run, shares his knowledge about the benefits of leading an active lifestyle as well as tips for how to begin.

John Sveen
speaker iconJohn Sveen (WMA)
mp3 chickletJohn Sveen (MP3)
John Sveen, PT, MS, SCS, CSCS, shares his knowledge of the benefits of working with a physical therapist to achieve optimal wellness. Sveen is part-owner of Advanced Performance & Rehabilitation Services in Bozeman. For more information on physical therapy, visit the American Physical Therapy Association and American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties websites.

Susannah Freeman White
speaker iconSusannah Freeman White (WMA)
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Susannah Freeman White, nationally certified and Montana-licensed acupuncturist, shares her knowledge of acupuncture and Chinese medicine.

Dr. Cindy Sharp
speaker iconDr. Cindy Sharp (WMA)
mp3 chickletDr. Cindy Sharp (MP3)
Nephrologist Dr. Cindy Sharp shares her knowledge about kidney disease prevention.

Kevin Lauer
speaker iconKevin Lauer (WMA)
mp3 chickletKevin Lauer (MP3)
Kevin Lauer is an EMT, volunteer firefighter, and co-founder Gallatin Heart Rescue, a nonprofit organization dedicated to training people in hands-only CPR and raising awareness of the importance of early intervention with CPR during sudden cardiac events.

Eagle Mount
speaker iconEagle Mount (WMA)
mp3 chickletEagle Mount (MP3)
Chad Biggerstaff, Program Director for Eagle Mount, shares his perspective on therapeutic recreation opportunities for families with children dealing with cancer and differently-abled individuals in Montana.
LINKS: Eagle Mount Billings, Eagle Mount Bozeman, Eagle Mount Great Falls

Dr. Lisa Marie Todd
speaker iconDr. Lisa Marie Todd (WMA)
mp3 chickletDr. Lisa Marie Todd (MP3)
Dr. Lisa Marie Todd, a Fellow of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, shares her knowledge on the importance of rehabilitation to enhance quality of life. She is employed by Bozeman Deaconess Health Group. More information on this topic, or to find a local specialist, is available through the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Dr. David Eaton
speaker iconDr. David Eaton (WMA)
mp3 chickletDr. David Eaton (MP3)
Dr. David Eaton shares his knowledge of the connections between environment, genes, and cancer. Dr. Eaton is Dean of the Graduate School and Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences at the University of Washington.

Helen Melland
speaker iconHellen Melland (WMA)
mp3 chickletHelen Melland (MP3)
Helen Melland, Ph.D., RN, Dean of the College of Nursing at Montana State University, discusses the opportunities for nurses in the state of Montana and explains what’s new and exciting in the MSU College of Nursing.

MT Arthritis Program
speaker iconMT Arthritis Program (WMA)
mp3 chickletMT Arthritis Program (MP3)
Rachel welcomes Heather Beck and Emily Epperson of the Montana Arthritis Program to discuss programs designed to assist people living with arthritis.

Nancy Ruby
speaker iconNancy Ruby (WMA)
mp3 chickletNancy Ruby (MP3)
This month, Nancy Ruby of Yogamotion discusses the ancient practice of yoga and how it relates to your health.

Melinda Barnes
speaker iconMelinda Barnes (WMA)
mp3 chickletMelinda Barnes (MP3)
Rachel welcomes Melinda Barnes, Executive Director of bikewalkmontana, for a discussion of healthy lifestyle options and safe bicycling and walking opportunities in Montana.

Scott Malloy
speaker iconScott Malloy (WMA)
mp3 chickletScott Malloy (MP3)
Rachel welcomes Scott Malloy, Director of Gallatin Mental Health Center. May is Mental Health month, and Scott discusses ways in which mental health issues are addressed and why it can be difficult for people to recognize when they need help.

Dr. Chris Wilson
speaker iconDr. Chris Wilson (WMA)
mp3 chickletDr. Chris Wilson (MP3)
This month, Rachel welcomes Dr. Chris Wilson, Director of the Global Health Discovery and Translational Sciences program of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Dr. Wilson explains the ways in which the Foundation works to improve basic health standards across the developing world.

Nancy Rosen
speaker iconNancy Rosen (WMA)
mp3 chickletNancy Rosen (MP3)
Rachel welcomes Nancy Rosen, Montana Coordinator of Intermountain Therapy Animals. Nancy explains the benefits and rewards of Animal Assisted Therapy in Montana.

Conrad Anker
speaker iconConrad Anker (WMA)
mp3 chickletConrad Anker (MP3)
This month, renowned mountain climer Conrad Anker, who is most famous for being part of the team that found George Mallory’s body on Mt Everest in 1999, joins Rachel to share his joy in healthy outdoor experiences and his concern for the health of the earth itself after seeing the effects of global warming first hand in the mountainous regions he visits. Anker lives in Bozeman with his wife, Jenni Lowe, and sons, Max, Sam and Isaac.

Elaine Doll
speaker iconElaine Doll (WMA)
mp3 chickletElaine Doll (MP3)
This month, Rachel welcomes Elaine Doll, a Certified Ayurvedic Specialist, who explains the 5,000 year-old Indian health practice known as Ayurveda. Ayurveda is classifed as a Complimentary and Alternative Medicine in the United States. Doll is the owner of Blissful Ayurveda in Bozeman. For more information about Ayurveda, Elaine recommends Ayurveda: The Science of Self-Healing by Dr. Vasant Lad and Healing Your Life: Lessons on the Path of Ayurveda by Dr. Marc Halpern.

Megan Selheim
speaker iconMegan Selheim (WMA)
mp3 chickletMegan Selheim (MP3)
This month, Rachel welcomes Megan Selheim, a Community Education Specialist at Haven, A Safe Place When You Need It Most. Domestic abuse affects 1 in 4 women in the U.S. Megan explains what can be done to change the culture of abouse in our communities. For other sources of information, visit National Network to End Domestic Violence, the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, and the website for the National Domestic Violence Hotline.

Ray Romasco
speaker iconRay Romasco (WMA)
mp3 chickletRay Romasco (MP3)
This month, AARP President Rob Romasco discusses his his thoughts on the challenges and opportunities inherent in growing older. Romasco was recently the keynote speaker at the Graying of Montana conference co-sponsored by the Burton K. Wheeler Center and One Montana.

Dr. Laura Larsson
speaker iconDr. Laura Larsson (WMA)
mp3 chickletDr. Laura Larsson (MP3)
This month, Registered Nurse Dr. Laura Larsson discusses the environmental health risks posed by radon. Larsson is an Assistant Nursing Professor at the College of Nursing in Bozeman and a Robert Wood Johnson Scholar whose research is focused on environmental health and radon.

Doris Fischer
speaker iconDoris Fischer (WMA)
mp3 chickletDoris Fischer (MP3)
This month, Compassion and Choices volunteer Doris Fischer discusses her work as an advocate for death with dignity issues in Montana.

Dr. Mark Cooper
speaker iconDr. Mark Cooper (WMA)
mp3 chickletDr. Mark Cooper (MP3)
Dr. Mark Cooper of the University of Washington returns to Montana after his visit last fall to share exciting new events for a local resident who has suffered with a muscle disorder (torticollis) for years.

The Power of Two
speaker iconThe Power of Two (WMA)
mp3 chickletThe Power of Two (MP3)
This month, identical twin Japanese American sisters Anabel Stenzel and Isabel Stenzel Byrnes, who recently turned 40 years old after double lung transplants for cystic fibrosis. Their inspirational life journeys are available in their book: The Power of Two: A Twin Triumph over Cystic Fibrosis that has since been translated into Japanese and been turned into a movie available online beginning June 5.

Dr. Tom Schwan
speaker iconDr. Tom Schwan (WMA)
mp3 chickletDr. Tom Schwan (MP3)
This month, tick season is here and Dr. Tom Schwan of the Laboratory of the National Institutes of Health will share his knowledge about avoiding tick borne diseases in the Rocky Mountain West. Dr. Schwan is the Chief and Senior Investigator of the Laboratory of Zoonotic Pathogens for the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and National Institutes of Health in Hamilton.

Casey Blumenthal
speaker iconCasey Blumenthal (WMA)
mp3 chickletCasey Blumenthal (MP3)
This month, Registered Nurse and Vice President of the Montana Hospital Association Casey Blumenthal discusses the progress of the Institute of Medicine and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation initiative "Future of Nursing Campaign for Action in Montana."

Gayla Nicholson
speaker iconGayla Nicholson (WMA)
mp3 chickletGayla Nicholson (MP3)
This month, registered dietician Gayla Nicholson discusses the use of Inutitive Eating for better health.

Dr. William Wilshire
speaker iconDr. William Wilshire (WMA)
mp3 chickletDr. William Wilshire (MP3)
This month, Dr. William Wilshire discusses how to prevent or manage common foot and ankle problems. Dr. Wilshire has been the President of the Montana Podiatric Medical Association since August, 2001. He is an Associate of the American College of Podiatric Sports Medicine and a member of the American Diabetes Association and the American Podiatric Medical Association.

Mark Cooper, Ph. D.
speaker iconMark Cooper, Ph. D. (WMA)
mp3 chickletMark Cooper, Ph. D. (MP3)
This month, take a unique look at pain and movement disorders with Mark Cooper, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Neurobiology & Behavior at the University of Washington. Mark is on the board of directors of the Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome Association and on the Medical Advisory Committee of the National Spasmodic Torticollis Association.
LINK: "Reconnected" video

Dr. Robert "Brownie" Schoene
speaker iconDr. Robert "Brownie" Schoene (WMA)
mp3 chickletDr. Robert "Brownie" Schoene (MP3)
This month, Dr. Robert “Brownie” Schoene, co-author of High Altitude Medicine and Physiology, discusses high altitude pulmonary edema and more common lung ailments.

Dr. Bruce Robertson
speaker iconDr. Bruce Robertson (WMA)
mp3 chickletDr. Bruce Robertson (MP3)
This month, Rachel welcomes Dr. Bruce Robertson, a board certified urologist, for a discussion of prostate health and prostate cancer. September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month.
LINK: Prostate Cancer Research and Education Foundation

Family Promise of Gallatin Valley
speaker iconFamily Promise (WMA)
mp3 chickletFamily Promise (MP3)
Gloria Edwards is the Executive Director and Bridget Pitman is the Volunteer Director for Family Promise of Gallatin Valley. They discuss the health issues facing homeless families in Montana & Wyoming.

Dr. Brian Landsverk
speaker iconDr. Brian Landsverk(WMA)
mp3 chickletDr. Brian Landsverk(MP3)
This month, Rachel welcomes Dr. Brian Landsverk, a board certified gastroenterologist, to discuss common GI health concerns and their treatments.

Dr. Mark Jutila
speaker iconDr. Mark Jutila (WMA)
mp3 chickletDr. Mark Jutila (MP3)
This month, Rachel welcomes Dr. Mark Jutila, a professor in the Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases and interim head of the Department of Microbiology at Montana State University. He discusses complementary and alternative medicines and recent research in the area, focusing on impacts on the immune system.
VIDEO LINK: Dr. Jutila's presentation at Cafe Scientifique

Dr. Irv Weismann
speaker iconDr. Irv Weismann (WMA)
mp3 chickletDr. Irv Weismann (MP3)
Great Falls native Dr. Irv Weismann is the Director of Stanford’s Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine. Dr. Weismann discusses the future of stem cell research.
VIDEO LINK: Dr Weismann's presentation to Benefis in Great Falls: Part One, Part Two

Philip Stewart, Ph. D.
speaker iconPhilip Stewart, Ph. D. (WMA)
mp3 chickletPhilip Stewart, Ph. D. (MP3)
This month, Philip Stewart, Ph. D., discusses the role of biofilms in chronic infections and health. Stewart is the Director of the Center for Biofilm Engineering at Montana State University.

Laurie Francis
speaker iconLaurie Francis (WMA)
mp3 chickletLaurie Francis (MP3)
Laurie Francis, RN, and CEO of the Montana Primary Care Association, shares her thoughts on health care in Montana.

Maury Wiegand
speaker iconMaury Wiegand (WMA)
mp3 chickletMaury Wiegand (MP3)
Maury Wiegand, personal trainer and owner of The Club fitness center in Bozeman, shares her knowledge of making fitness a part of everyone’s lives.

Charles Serhan
speaker iconCharles Serhan (WMA)
mp3 chickletCharles Serhan (MP3)
Charles Serhan, Ph.D., is the Simon Gelman Professor at Harvard Medical School and Director of the Center for Experimental Therapeutics and Reperfusion Injury. Dr. Serhan hopes to achieve better control of the level of inflammation, its duration, and pain associated with a wide range of diseases and injuries.

Mary Anne Hansen & Rich Wojtowicz
speaker iconMary Anne Hansen & Rich Wojtowicz (WMA)
mp3 chickletMary Anne Hansen & Rich Wojtowicz (MP3)
Librarians Mary Anne Hansen and Rich Wojtowicz discuss the ways in which your local library can enhance your health knowledge.

Visit some of the websites mentioned in this program:
U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health
Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care

Peace Garden of 1,000 Buddhas
speaker iconPeace Garden (WMA)
mp3 chickletPeace Garden (MP3)
What part does peace play in good health and how is Montana contributing towards a peaceful world? Susan Morgan, Diane Corson, and Jo Anne Troxel of Bozeman talk about the Peace Garden of 1,000 Buddhas under construction in Arlee, Montana, as well as the much anticipated visit of The Dalai Lama once the garden is complete.

Kevin Michael Connolly
speaker iconKevin Michale Connolly (WMA)
mp3 chickletKevin Michael Connolly (MP3)
Rachel previews the 2010 One Book, One Bozeman selection Double Take: A Memoir with author Kevin Michael Connolly. A Helena native, Connolly is an outgoing, adventurous twenty-something who chronicles his experiences growing up in Montana and living life to the fullest as an individual who happened to be born without legs.

Dr. Dimitri Christakis
speaker iconDr. Dimitri Christakis (WMA)
mp3 chickletDr. Dimitri Christakis (MP3)
Dr. Dimitri Christakis is the George Adkins Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Washington and the Director of the Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development at Seattle Children’s Hospital Research Institute. He is also the author of The Elephant in the Living Room: Make Television Work For Your Kids. Dr. Christakis discusses the effects of television and "screen time" on children. For more information on this topic in Montana, visit the Montana Nutrition and Physical Activity Program website.

Dr. James Kaput
speaker iconDr. James Kaput (WMA)
mp3 chickletDr. James Kaput (MP3)
Dr. James Kaput is the Director of the Division of Personalized Nutrition and Medicine at the Food and Drug Administration’s National Center for Toxicological Research. He talks with Rachel about the interactions of diet and genes relating to human health.

Dr. Leroy Hood
speaker iconDr. Leroy Hood (WMA)
mp3 chickletDr. Leroy Hood (MP3)
Dr. Leroy Hood is the President and co-founder of the Institute for Systems Biology. He discusses how systems medicine will transform health care from a reactive mode to a proactive mode through an approach using thousands of data points on each individual. These data points produce medical care that is predictive, preventative, personalized, and participatory--what Dr. Hood refers to as "4P Medicine."

Teen Pregnancy Prevention
speaker iconTeen Pregnancy Prevention (WMA)
mp3 chickletTeen Pregnancy Prevention (MP3)
Rachel discusses the many issues surrounding teen pregnancy with Andrea Kane of the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy and Ann Allard, a registered nurse with the Gallatin County Public Health Department and member of the Bozeman Teen Pregnancy Prevention Coalition.

Drs. Hensold & Robertson
speaker iconDrs. Hensold & Robertson (WMA)
mp3 chickletDrs. Hensold & Robertson (MP3)
Bozeman Deaconess Cancer Center physicians Dr. Jack Hensold and Dr. J. Bruce Robertson discuss the importance of accreditation from the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer and the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance.

Sebastian White
speaker iconSebastian White (WMA)
mp3 chickletSebastian White (MP3)
Nurse Practitioner Sebastian White specializes in diabetes care. He discusses trends in diabetes diagnosis, treatment plans, and the risks associated with the disease. For more information on diabetes resources in our area, visit the Montana Diabetes Project or Wyoming Diabetes Information websites.

Joan Miles
speaker iconJoan Miles (WMA)
mp3 chickletJoan Miles (MP3)
Joan Miles is the Director of Grants and Program Develpment for MHA—An Association of Montana Health Care Providers. She talks with host Rachel Rockafellow about the changing healthcare landscape and its impact on rural states like Montana.
LINK: Dr. Elliott Fisher’s work for The Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care

Dr. Jon Christianson
speaker iconDr. Jon Christianson (WMA)
mp3 chickletDr. Jon Christianson (MP3)
Dr. Jon Christianson is an economist, scholar, and health care expert. He was the keynote speaker at the recent Ag Appreciation conference at Montana State University. On this edition of Health Matters, he discusses the effects of health care reform on rural America. For more information on this issue, visit the National Rural Health Association and The Kaiser Family Foundation.

Rick Gale
speaker iconRick Gale (WMA)
mp3 chickletRick Gale (MP3)
Rick Gale, Coordinator for Gallatin County's Tobacco Prevention Program, discusses tobacco cessation efforts.

Laurie Francis
speaker iconLaurie Francis (WMA)
mp3 chickletLaurie Francis (MP3)
Laurie Francis, RN and CEO of the non-profit Community Health Partners, discusses health care reform.

Scott Malloy
speaker iconScott Malloy (WMA)
mp3 chickletScott Malloy (MP3)
Scott Malloy is the Director of the Gallatin Mental Health Center in Bozeman. Malloy shares his experiences with the mentally ill in our communities. He also relates those experiences to the book The Soloist: A Lost Dream, an Unlikely Friendship and the Redemptive Power of Music, by Steve Lopez, which is the 2009 selection for the One Book-One Bozeman program. The One Book-One Bozeman program features a series of events in August and September.

Dr. Kathryn Borgenicht
speaker iconDr. Kathryn Borgenicht (WMA)
mp3 chickletDr. Kathryn Borgenicht (MP3)
Dr. Kathryn Borgenicht addresses the issue of chronic pain and her involvement in the Montana Pain Initiative. The organization holds its 3rd annual conference, titled Practical Approaches to Managing Pain, on September 18th and 19th in Bozeman.

For more information on chronic pain:

Montana Pain Initiative
Kaye Norris, PhD, Program Director
American Cancer Society
3550 Mullan Road, Suite 105
Missoula, MT 59808

406-728-1004, ext. 208

Wyoming Department of Health
Jessica Perez, Outreach Specialist
Comprehensive Cancer Control Program
6101 Yellowstone Road, Suite 259A
Cheyenne, WY 82002


Businesses for a Healthy Montana
speaker iconBusinesses for a Healthy Montana (WMA)
mp3 chickletBusinesses for a Healthy Montana (MP3)
Businesses for a Healthy Montana is a coalition of over 300 small businesses across the state who are actively promoting health care reform. Former Businesses for a Healthy Montana director and current volunteer Jeff Milchen and Bozeman business owner Chris Nixon discuss the challenges and opportunities facing small business owners in the ongoing debate over health care.

Dr. Robert Putsch
speaker iconDr. Robert Putsch (WMA)
mp3 chickletDr. Robert Putsch (MP3)
Dr. Robert Putsch advocates for a single-payer health care system. Dr. Putsch is a clinical professor emeritus of medicine at the University of Washington and is a member of the Physicians for a National Health Program, a non-profit research and education organization of 16,000 physicians, medical students and health professionals who support single-payer national health insurance.

Alison Harmon, PhD, RD, LN
speaker iconAlison Harmon (WMA)
mp3 chickletAlison Harmon (MP3)
Alison Harmon, PhD, RD, LN, is a faculty member of Montana State University College of Education, Health and Human Development. Her current research is related to interdisciplinary food systems curriculum development and methods used to teach sustainability and food systems concepts to nutrition and dietetic students. In 2006 she began supervising an Americorps volunteer to help start MSU’s farm to college program, Montana Made. Also in 2006, she began advising the MSU student organization Friends of Local Foods, which has since started a garden CSA, also known as Community Supported Agriculture, on campus called Towne’s Harvest Garden. She hopes to further encourage food sustainability on the Montana State University campus by facilitating connections among Friends of Local Food, University Foodservice, Towne’s Harvest, and the new degree program Sustainable Food and Bioenergy Systems.

Dr. Keith Norris
speaker iconDr. Keith Norris (WMA)
mp3 chickletDr. Keith Norris (MP3)
Dr. Keith Norris recently visited Montana to present a program entitled Got Health? Unleashing the Potential of Community-Academic Partnerships. He advocates for partnerships between medical researchers and local communities in order to effect positive changes more quickly than traditional research methods. Dr. Norris is the Executive Vice President for Research and Health Affairs at Charles Drew University of Medicine & Science in Los Angeles and also holds a dual appointment at the Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.

Donna & Ken McCulloch
speaker iconDonna & Ken McCulloch (WMA)
mp3 chickletDonna & Ken McCulloch (MP3)
Donna McCulloch is a retired nurse who lost her vision to diabetes. Her husband Ken McCulloch is a low vision and blind educator. Together, they discuss the 40th anniversary of the Bozeman chapter of the Montana Association for the Blind as well as those services available to individuals with a vision impairment.

Don Judge
speaker iconDon Judge (WMA)
mp3 chickletDon Judge (MP3)
This month, registered nurse Rachel Rockafellow discusses the legislation of interest to the Montana Nurses' Association (MNA). The 2009 Montana Legislature will consider many health-related bills this session, and long-time lobbyist Don Judge, who is representing the MNA, joins Rachel to provide insight into their legislative agenda for the 61st Montana Legislature.

speaker iconAl-Anon (WMA)
mp3 chickletAl-Anon (MP3)
This month, Health Matters explores Al-Anon, the 12-step program for those affected by alcoholism. Registered nurse Rachel Rockafellow welcomes three individuals who have used the program to successfully improve their lives.

Karl Rosston
speaker iconKarl Rosston (WMA)
mp3 chickletKarl Rosston (MP3)
Karl Rosston is the Montana Suicide Prevention Coordinator. He discusses Montana's high suicide rates and the efforts underway to reduce them.

Montana Strategic Suicide Prevention Plan [.pdf]
Wyoming Suicide Prevention Plan [.pdf]

Contact Information:
Karl Rosston, Montana Suicide Prevention Coordinator
TEL 406.444.3349

R. Keith Hotle, Project Director, Wyoming Department of Health
TEL 307.777.3318


Presidential Candidates' Health Care Plans
speaker iconHealth Care Plans (WMA)
mp3 chickletHealth Care Plans (MP3)
Health Matters host and registered nurse Rachel Rockafellow speaks with Montanans Eve Franklin and Don Hargrove about the competing health care plans in this year's Presidental race. Registered nurse Eve Franklin is the Montana State Mental Health Ombudsman, a Montana State University College of Nursing educator, and a former state legislator presenting her views on Democratic candidate Barack Obama's health care plan. Don Hargrove is a retired military professional, former state legislator, member of the Montana Parole Board, and chair of the McCain campaign in Gallatin County speaking on behalf ofRepublican candidate John McCain's health care plan.


Dr. Linda Hyman
Dr. Linda Hymanspeaker iconDr. Linda Hyman (WMA)
mp3 chickletDr. Linda Hyman (MP3)
Dr. Linda Hyman is the Vice Provost for the Division of Health Sciences at Montana State University. She is also the head of the Montana WWAMI Medical Education Program and Assistant Dean at the University of Washington School of Medicine. Dr. Hyman discusses the WWAMI program and how it benefits the West when it comes to receiving quality healthcare.



One Book, One Bozeman
Mountains Beyond Mountainsspeaker iconOne Book, One Bozeman (WMA)
mp3 chickletOne Book, One Bozeman (MP3)
Bozeman-area community volunteer Sara Glover discusses the One Book, One Bozeman program, which focuses on author Tracy Kidder's Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Man Who Would Cure the World. The One Book, One Bozeman program features a series of activities and programs centered around Mountains Beyond Mountains and the issues raised in it.

Encore Presentation: Arts in Healthcare Advocates
originally aired July, 2007
speaker iconArts in Healthcare Advocates (WMA)
mp3 chickletArts in Healthcare Advocates (MP3)
speaker iconArts in Healthcare Advocates Update: Jane Waggoner Deschner (WMA)
mp3 chickletArts in Healthcare Advocates Update: Jane Waggoner Deschner (MP3)
Arts in Healthcare Advocates Group photopictured: (front row, l to r) Tina Mullen, Gerry Herbert, Marianne Hardart, Betty Haskin, Elaine Sims, Jane Waggoner Deschner (back row, l to r) Dr. Julie Prazich, Paula Most [photo by Ken Siebert]

Registered nurse and Health Matters host Rachel Rockafellow explores the intersection between the arts and healthcare in a discussion with members of the Arts in Healthcare Advocates, a diverse group of healthcare administrators and practitioners from across the country that includes Billings artist Jane Waggoner Deschner. Recently, the group gathered at the Ucross Foundation in Wyoming, where they brainstormed new ideas for the field, shared individual programs, and took time to create their own art. Rachel spent an afternoon with the group during their time at Ucross, getting acquainted with Arts in Healthcare programs and the work of the Arts in Healthcare Advocates.

Arts in Healthcare Advocates
Members of the Arts in Healthcare Advocates discuss their work with Health Matters host Rachel Rockafellow during her visit to the group's meeting at the Ucross Foundation.
photo by Ken Siebert

Links to Additional Information on the Arts in Healthcare

Stacey Haugland
Stacey Hauglandspeaker iconStacey Haugland (WMA)
mp3 chickletStacey Haugland (MP3)
Stacey Haugland is a Certified Professional Midwife who has been attending births since 1992. She started her own midwifery practice, the Bozeman Birth Center, in 1998 and has welcomed hundreds of babies into the world. Haugland is currently President of the Montana Midwifery Association, and is a member of the the Midwives Alliance of North America, the National Association of Certified Professional Midwives, and Citizens for Midwifery. She is on the faculty of the National College of Midwifery and the Seattle School of Midwifery and serves as a clinical preceptor for aspiring midwives.

Gallatin Valley Farm to School Project
speaker iconGallatin Valley Farm to School Project(WMA)
mp3 chickletGallatin Valley Farm to School Project (MP3)
Registered nurse Rachel Rockafellow welcomes three proponents of the Gallatin Valley Farm to School Project for a discussion of the connection between diet, health, and local agribusiness. Rachel welcomes Jamie Shinn, Newsletter Editor of the Bozeman Community Food Co-op, Heather Beal, Curriculum Director for the Montana Outdoor Science School, and Mary Stein of the Department of Health and Human Development at Montana State University to explain how the Farm to School idea began and how others may start a similar movement in their regions to improve both the food choices for their children and the economy of local agriculture.

Dr. Stephen Bezruchka
Dr. Stephen Bezruchka speaker iconDr. Stephen Bezruchka (WMA)
mp3 chickletDr. Stephen Bezruchka (MP3)
Dr. Stephen Bezruchka is on the faculty of the University of Washington School of Public Health & Community Medicine, where he has been since 1993. He spent over 10 years in Nepal working in various health programs and teaching in remote regions. Dr. Bezruchka discusses his research on how social inequalities affect health outcomes for societies and what can be done to improve the health of Americans today.

Rita Harding
speaker iconRita Harding (WMA)
mp3 chickletRita Harding (MP3)
Registered Nurse Rita Harding recently retired after 32 years with the Indian Health Service. She volunteered with the World Health Organization for a Stop Transmission of Polio (STOP) team and was sent to Ethopia. Harding discusses her three-month effort and the impoverished people she met and helped.

Dr. Blair Erb: American Heart Month
speaker iconDr. Blair Erb (WMA)
mp3 chickletDr. Blair Erb (MP3)
February is American Heart Month. Rachel welcomes cardiologist Dr. Blair Erb to discuss the risks associated with heart disease and how to reduce those risks. In addition to his work with Cardiology Consultants of Bozeman, Dr. Erb is the Montana Governor of the American College of Cardiology.

Electronic Health Records
speaker iconElectronic Health Records (WMA)
mp3 chickletElectronic Health Records (MP3)
Electronic health records have the potential to improve health care and reduce costs by eliminating redundant tests and information. Dr. Joseph Sofianek is the "physician champion" for the Community Electronic Health Record at Bozeman Deaconess Hospital, as well as a Family Practice pysician at Medical Associates, P.C. Dr. Sofianek explains electronic health records, how they work, and how medical institutions are implementing these important digital records systems.

HIV/AIDS in Montana
speaker iconHIV/AIDS in Montana (WMA)
mp3 chickletHIV/AIDS in Montana (MP3)
World AIDS Day is December 1. More than a quarter century after the first person was diagnosed with HIV/AIDs, the disease is still with us. Learn more about this issue from Laura Mentch, a Health Educator at Bridger Clinic in Bozeman, and Dr. Michael Herring, a Montana physician who cares for HIV/AIDs patients.

Rita Cheek, Ph.D., RN
speaker iconRita Cheek (WMA)
mp3 chickletRita Cheek (MP3)
Rita Cheek, Ph.D, RNpictured: Rita Cheek, Ph.D., RN
Join host Rachel Rockafellow and Rita Cheek, Ph.D., RN, for a discussion of sleep. From developing good sleep habits to identifying potential sleep-related disorders, Dr. Cheek underscores the importance of replenishing energy levels, maintaining your body's natural rhythms, and taking the necessary steps to providing a healthy environment for "a good night's sleep." Dr. Cheek is a registered nurse with her Ph.D. in nursing. She teaches at Montana State University College of Nursing at the Missoula Upper Division Campus, and her research focuses on sleep issues.


Elizabeth Nichols
Elizabeth Nichols

Elizabeth Nichols
speaker iconHealth Matters: Elizabeth Nichols (WMA)
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Join registered nurse and HealthMatters host Rachel Rockafellow for a discussion of the nursing profession with Elizabeth Nichols, Dean of the College of Nursing at Montana State University. Explore the various paths to becoming a nurse, the unique challenges faced by today's nurses, and the many opportunities available to those who enter this field of study.


Laurie Francis
speaker iconHealth Matters: Laurie Francis (WMA)
mp3 chickletHealth Matters: Laurie Francis (MP3)
On the debut program in the Health Matters series, host Rachel Rockafellow interviews Laurie Francis, CEO of Community Health Partners (CHP), which are non-profit, consumer-directed clinics in Livingston and Bozeman that offer both primary and preventative health care to the uninsured and low-income citizens of the region. CHP operates on a $4 million annual budget and employs over 90 people.

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