KQED’s ‘The California Report’ Set to Air Second Season of ‘Health Dialogues’
The California Report, a daily statewide news and public affairs program produced by San Francisco-based KQED Public Radio, will run a second 16-part series of the statewide call-in show "Health Dialogues." Made possible through a grant from The California Endowment, Health Dialogues will cover health care issues pertaining to the state's "most underserved people" -- children, low-income residents, minorities, people with disabilities, immigrants and rural and migrant workers. The hour-long shows, airing the second Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m., will discuss topics ranging from the "state of hospital solvency to health literacy to drug abuse treatment policies and programs." Most programs will begin with an in-depth news story on a certain topic, after which host Scott Shafer will moderate a discussion with experts and listeners, who can call in on a toll-free number. KQED, through funding from the California Endowment, has also allocated funds to partner radio stations throughout the state to produce "their own complementary local news stories, public affairs programming and outreach efforts." The first program, which will air Wednesday, Jan. 9, will focus on "The Fate and Future of California's Hospitals," including a discussion on hospital closures, led by Rachel Kagan of the University of California Petris Center on Health Care Markets and Consumer Welfare. More information about Health Dialogues and upcoming episodes is available at the KQED home page, www.kqed.org/radio (KQED release, 1/2).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.