Going Public

FRIDAYS AT 6:00 P.M.

Whether it's education and politics or arts and culture, nothing is off limits on KRCU's Going Public. Join KRCU's Marissanne Lewis-Thompson every Friday at 6:00 P.M.

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Mar 3, 2017

This week’s episode of KRCU’s Going Public, we’re diving back into our discussion on the health needs of Southeast Missourians with KRCU’s “Vital Signs” panel. We’ll talk about health literacy and how it creates a barrier when trying to navigate the healthcare system, alternative and affordable health care resources, and building trust among physicians and their patients. We’ll also discuss the ongoing problems with childhood and adult obesity in Missouri and the region’s high infant mortality rate.

Marissanne Lewis-Thompson/KRCU

In recent months, the topic of health care and the legislation surrounding it have been a hot button issue. But in rural communities where social and economic disparities create barriers for families, access to quality health care becomes even more of a challenge. So today we’re taking a step back and assessing what the health needs for Southeast Missourians are. To do that, I’m joined by KRCU’s “Vital Signs” panelists: Dr. Gloria Green who is the chairperson for the Department of Nursing at Southeast Missouri State University, Dr.

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Feb 24, 2017

This week’s episode of KRCU’s Going Public, with an unending cycle of poverty and unemployment, access to quality health care is a challenge in rural communities. KRCU’s “Vital Signs” panel is with us today to breakdown what the health needs are in Southeast Missouri, the economic and social factors that play a role in assessing health care, the lack of access to health resources, building trust among physicians and their patients, and much more.

Marissanne Lewis-Thompson/KRCU

Missouri became the 28 right-to-work state when Gov. Eric Greitens signed it into law earlier this month. The legislation prohibits employers and labor unions from requiring employees to shell out dues. But the new law hasn’t been without opposition from unions statewide. Mark Baker who is a business representative for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers is against the new law and says it’s an attempt to drive down wages.

Interview Highlights

 

On why he's opposed to the legislation

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Feb 3, 2017

Last weekend President Donald Trump issued an executive order banning refugees from 7 Muslim-majority countries. The end result was chaos and confusion. Especially for those who weren’t refugees. We’ll hear from Southeast President Dr. Carlos Vargas on how the university is addressing the ban for its international students. Then Missouri lawmakers gave final approval to right to work Thursday, capping off a long battle between organized labor and business-friendly legislators. Unions are wondering what’s next. Also, the state budget. We’ll get into that too.

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