Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger, a Lawrence resident and Kansas University graduate, is responsible for regulating all insurance sold in Kansas and overseeing the nearly 1,700 insurance companies and more than 94,000 agents licensed to do business in the state. She has been insurance commissioner since 2003. She was elected previously to the Kansas Senate in 1992, 1996 and 2000, and before that served one term in the Kansas House of Representatives. While in the legislature, she worked to gain passage of patient protection laws, external review of health plans and insurance, and the Kansas expansion of children's health insurance. In 2001 she led the successful campaign for mental health parity in Kansas. Praeger was president of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners in 2008. She serves as chair of the NAIC Health Insurance and Managed Care Committee and a member of other NAIC committees and task forces.
Lawrence resident Lilly Mason will be available to discuss natural childbirth and placenta consumption. Mason, 33, has been a doula for 10 years and is becoming a certified midwife. She has been teaching childbirth classes since 2005, and she owns a business called Joyful Choice Birth Services, which offers placenta encapsulation, natural birth preparation classes, fertility cycling awareness classes and midwives assistant services. She also has written “Mothercake: A Guide to Making Placenta Remedies.” It provides detailed instructions for making placenta capsules, tincture and salve, and it is available on blurb.com.
Lawrence resident Louise Krug will be available at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 14, to discuss her new book, "Louise: Amended." The book is about a brain bleed she suffered at age 22. It chronicles her life before, during and after a brain surgery that left her with disabilities, including paralysis. The book is available at The Raven bookstore in downtown Lawrence. Krug's now 29 and pursuing a doctorate in creative writing at Kansas University, where she also teaches writing and literature classes part time.
Just Food is the food bank for Douglas County. In 2011, it distributed $676,503 worth of food, or about 880,000 meals, for free to 84,699 people, a 21 percent increase from a year earlier. Farmer has spent 10 years working for churches, nonprofits and being an advocate for the marginalized. Before returning to his hometown of Lawrence, Farmer was director of community awareness at Project Hope Food Bank in Arkansas.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dr. Kipp Van Camp, an interventional radiologist in Topeka, will be available Jan. 11 to discuss his new book, “Misdiagnosis: A Practicing Physician’s Case Study in Health Care Reform." He said the book covers the history of how we got to where we are, identifies what’s wrong and right with the system, provides details about the Affordable Care Act, and provides solutions. Dr. Van Camp owns a radiology company called Critical Imaging Associates in Topeka. He also is owner and medical director of Rejuvenate Medical Spa, providing minimally invasive cosmetic medical procedures. He serves as an adjunct professor at Washburn University and Kansas University. Van Camp is one of two hosts on a medical radio talk show called Doctor’s Orders, which airs on stations in Topeka and Kansas City.
Pat Parker, director of Pharmacy and IV Therapy at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, will be available to discuss the national drug shortage and to take other questions. Parker has been director of pharmacy at LMH since 1984 and also directed the oncology unit from 2001 to 2004. He is adjunct clinical professor of pharmacy practice with Kansas University’s School of Pharmacy. He is an active member of the American Society of Health Systems Pharmacists and the Kansas Council of Health Systems Pharmacists. He has served on the Kansas Board of Pharmacy. He also has helped organize medical mission trips to impoverished regions of Kenya where AIDS is prevalent.
Dr. Doug Stull, of OrthoKansas in Lawrence, will answer questions about orthopedics, which involves the care of bones and joints. Typical problems include fractures; dislocations; strains of muscles, ligaments and joints; tendonitis; bursitis; and arthritis. OrthoKansas performs arthroscopic surgery; total joint replacement of hips, knees and shoulders; shoulder reconstruction; complex hand surgery; and other procedures. Stull specializes in the treatment of the shoulder and elbow in all ages and aspects including sports, trauma and reconstruction.
Dan Partridge, director of the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department, will be available Monday to answer questions as part of National Public Health Week. The health department works to protect and serve the community by: • Safeguarding community health and safety through swift response to illness outbreaks. • Identifying urgent and everyday health problems. • Assessing health problems and promoting wellness by fostering community health initiatives. • Collaborating with community partners to protect health and control the costs associated with health problems. Partridge has been director since 2007. Previously, he was associate director with the Reno County Health Department.
Dr. Roger Dreiling has been a cardiologist since 1984 and joined the Lawrence team in 2008. He specializes in clinical cardiology, interventional cardiology and treatment of acute myocardial infarction (heart attack). Dreiling is board certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease and interventional cardiology. Dreiling works in the Heart Center at LMH, which was ranked No. 1 in heart attack care among 949 hospitals by the American College of Cardiology.
Kirsten Flory is chairwoman of the 2011 Go Red For Women Luncheon & Expo. She can answer questions about the Feb. 11 event as well as tips about how to be more heart healthy. Coeli Baker, development director for the American Heart Association, also will be participating. February is American Heart Month, and the goal is to raise awareness about America's No. 1 killer. Flory received a bachelor's degree in communications from Kansas University and works for KU Credit Union. She is married to Dale Flory, and they live in rural Baldwin City with their two children.
Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger, of Lawrence, is responsible for regulating all insurance sold in Kansas and overseeing the nearly 1,700 insurance companies and more than 94,000 agents licensed to do business in the state. Praeger was president of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) in 2008. She serves as chair of the NAIC Health Insurance and Managed Care Committee, vice chair of the International Insurance Relations Committee, a member of the Executive Committee for International Association of Insurance Supervisors (IAIS) and a member of other NAIC Committees and task forces.