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|KQED Set to Launch New Season of HEALTH DIALOGUES on Public Radio|
Special Broadcast Examines Community Responses to Local Healthcare Needs around the State
Special Reports to Air Monthly as Part of KQED's Statewide News Program THE CALIFORNIA REPORT
Series Offers Unique Perspectives on Health Issues of Particular Interest to Historically Underserved Communities
San Francisco, California, January 2, 2002 -- As a part of a statewide initiative funded through a grant from The California Endowment, The California Report will launch a second round of its Health Dialogues spin-off program, a 16-part series of monthly one-hour call-in shows. Listeners can tune in to their local public radio station on the second Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. (check local listings) for the statewide broadcast. The series engages listeners in an ongoing discussion of California health care issues that are important to the state’s most underserved people -- children, low-income residents, minorities, people with disabilities, immigrants, and rural and migrant worker communities.
Many installments will begin with an in-depth news story dealing with a specific topic. After the report, host Scott Shafer will moderate a discussion between panel experts and listeners, who can call-in toll free from anywhere in the state to voice their opinions in a public forum. Topics will range from the state of hospital solvency to health literacy to drug abuse treatment policies and programs. In addition, KQED -- through the California Endowment -- has provided funding to partner radio stations around the state to produce their own complementary local news stories, public affairs programming and outreach efforts in conjunction with the statewide broadcast program.
The first installment of the new season will air on Wednesday, January 9, 2002 at 7 p.m. (check local listings). The topic of the first show, "The Fate and Future of California's Hospitals," will be a discussion of the state's health care system which some pundits assert is nearing a complete breakdown. Current government policies have left many health care institutions woefully underfunded at a time when the state's diverse population and overall need for health services have rapidly increased. Rachael Kagan of the Petris Center on Health Care Markets and Consumer Welfare at the University of California will discuss the issue of hospital closures, with a particular look at the 23 facilities which closed between 1995 and 2000. The program and following listener participatory discussion will focus not only on the problems, but will also look at possible solutions.
More information about the series and upcoming episodes -- as well as links to community resources and opportunities for ongoing discussions -- can be found on the Health Dialogues Web site on the KQED Public Radio home page at kqed.org/radio.
The California Report series "Health Dialogues" is made possible in part by a grant from The California Endowment, the state's largest health foundation. The mission of The California Endowment is to expand access to affordable, quality health care for underserved individuals and communities and to promote fundamental improvements in the health status of all Californians. More information is available at their Web site, calendow.org.
The California Report, hosted by journalist Scott Shafer, is a daily statewide news and public affairs program produced by KQED Public Radio and broadcast on public radio stations across the state. It attracts nearly half-a-million listeners across California each week.
KQED operates KQED Public Radio 88.5 FM, the most-listened-to public radio station in the nation; KQED Public Television 9, the nation's most-watched public television station, and Digital Television 9, Northern California's only public television digital signal; the KQED Education Network, which brings the impact of KQED to thousands of teachers, students, parents and media professionals through workshops, seminars and resources; and kqed.org, which harnesses the power of the Internet to bring KQED to communities across the Web.