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airs the first Monday of every month @ 6:30pm
hosted by Rachel Rockafellow
Matters is a monthly program featuring interviews and informative
segments focusing on health. Hosted by registered nurse and Bozeman
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
Siebert and Rachel Rockafellow for Yellowstone
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 HealthMatters.Rachel@gmail.com
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.
Eagle Mount (WMA)
Eagle 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
Dr. Lisa Marie Todd (WMA)
Dr. 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
Dr. David Eaton (WMA)
Dr. 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.
Hellen Melland (WMA)
Helen 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
MT Arthritis Program (WMA)
MT 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 (WMA)
Nancy Ruby (MP3)
This month, Nancy Ruby of Yogamotion discusses the ancient practice of yoga and how it relates to your health.
Melinda Barnes (WMA)
Melinda 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 (WMA)
Scott 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
Dr. Chris Wilson (WMA)
Dr. 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 (WMA)
Nancy 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 (WMA)
Conrad 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 (WMA)
Elaine 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 (WMA)
Megan 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 (WMA)
Ray 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
Dr. Laura Larsson (WMA)
Dr. 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 (WMA)
Doris 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
Dr. Mark Cooper (WMA)
Dr. 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
The Power of Two (WMA)
The 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
Dr. Tom Schwan (WMA)
Dr. 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 (WMA)
Casey 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 (WMA)
Gayla Nicholson (MP3)
This month, registered dietician Gayla Nicholson discusses the use of Inutitive Eating for better health.
Dr. William Wilshire
Dr. William Wilshire (WMA)
Dr. 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.
Mark Cooper, Ph. D. (WMA)
Mark 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
Dr. Robert "Brownie" Schoene (WMA)
Dr. 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
Dr. Bruce Robertson (WMA)
Dr. 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
Family Promise (WMA)
Family 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
Dr. Brian Landsverk(WMA)
Dr. 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
Dr. Mark Jutila (WMA)
Dr. 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
Dr. Irv Weismann (WMA)
Dr. 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.
Philip Stewart, Ph. D. (WMA)
Philip 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 (WMA)
Laurie Francis (MP3)
Laurie Francis, RN, and CEO of the Montana Primary Care Association, shares her thoughts on health care in Montana.
Maury Wiegand (WMA)
Maury 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 (WMA)
Charles 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
Mary Anne Hansen & Rich Wojtowicz (WMA)
Mary 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
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
Michale Connolly (WMA)
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
Dimitri Christakis (WMA)
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
James Kaput (WMA)
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
Leroy Hood (WMA)
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
Pregnancy Prevention (WMA)
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
Hensold & Robertson (WMA)
Hensold & Robertson (MP3)
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.
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
Diabetes Project or Wyoming
Diabetes Information websites.
Joan Miles is the Director of Grants and Program Develpment
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
Jon Christianson (WMA)
Jon Christianson (MP3)
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, Coordinator for Gallatin
County's Tobacco Prevention Program, discusses tobacco cessation
Laurie Francis, RN and CEO of the non-profit Community
Health Partners, discusses health care reform.
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
Kathryn Borgenicht (WMA)
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
Businesses for a Healthy Montana (WMA)
Businesses for a Healthy Montana (MP3)
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
Robert Putsch (WMA)
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
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
Keith Norris (WMA)
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
Donna & Ken McCulloch (WMA)
Donna & 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 (WMA)
Don 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
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 (WMA)
Karl Rosston (MP3)
Karl Rosston is the Montana Suicide Prevention Coordinator.
He discusses Montana's high suicide rates and the efforts underway to
Strategic Suicide Prevention Plan [.pdf]
Suicide Prevention Plan [.pdf]
Karl Rosston, Montana Suicide Prevention Coordinator
R. Keith Hotle, Project Director, Wyoming Department
Presidential Candidates' Health Care Plans
Health Care Plans (WMA)
Health 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
Linda Hyman (WMA)
Dr. Linda Hyman (MP3)
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
Book, One Bozeman (WMA)
One Book, One Bozeman (MP3)
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
Encore Presentation: Arts in Healthcare Advocates
originally aired July, 2007
in Healthcare Advocates (WMA)
in Healthcare Advocates (MP3)
in Healthcare Advocates Update: Jane Waggoner Deschner (WMA)
in Healthcare Advocates Update: Jane Waggoner Deschner (MP3)
(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.
|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 (MP3)
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
Gallatin Valley Farm to School Project
Gallatin Valley Farm to School Project(WMA)
Gallatin 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
Stephen Bezruchka (WMA)
Dr. Stephen Bezruchka (MP3)
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
can be done to improve the health of Americans today.
Rita Harding (WMA)
Rita 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
Dr. Blair Erb (WMA)
Dr. 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
Electronic Health Records (WMA)
Electronic 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
HIV/AIDS in Montana
HIV/AIDS in Montana (WMA)
HIV/AIDS in Montana (MP3)
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
Rita Cheek (WMA)
Rita Cheek (MP3)
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.
Health Matters: Elizabeth Nichols (WMA)
Health Matters: Elizabeth Nichols (MP3)
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.
Matters: Laurie Francis (WMA)
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.