Boys and Girls Town foster home youth care specialists Abigail Seifert (front) and Shakta Williams serve turkey, ham, green bean casserole and stuffing to foster youth during Thanksgiving dinner in Columbia on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 22.
During the holiday weeks, foster children at the Boys and Girls Town Columbia wait in anticipation for the chance to spend the holidays with their relatives or foster parents. Yet as the days pass, some of the young people have to deal with the disappointment of not having a home to go to for the holiday.
A shortage of rural health care professionals throughout the state has health systems connecting with patients in remote areas through telehealth.
At the University Hospital in Columbia, telehealth coordinator Samuel Woodard thumbs a remote which sends a camera at the far end of the room spinning around to face him. His co-workers at the Missouri Telehealth Network offices across town appear on the screen.
“Hey Katie, how’s it going? We’re just going over the equipment, showing him how the telehealth unit works.” Woodard says.
Missouri Telehealth Network coordinator Samuel Woodard holds up an otoscope, a tool used for examining the inside of an ear canal, which is able to provide a live feed to a television screen on Sept. 20 at the University Hospital in Columbia.
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A stethoscope rests on top of a telehealth unit during a demonstration on Sept. 20 at the University Hospital in Columbia. The stethoscope is able to provide a live audio feed of a patient’s heartbeat to doctors in distant sites.
In September, the state awarded grants to eleven rural Missouri hospitals to improve broadband internet connections speeds. The connection would be used for telehealth, a way rural towns access physicians in bigger cities electronically. KBIA’s Lee Jian Chung brings us the first of a two part series on the expansion of telehealth services in Missouri.
This week: A volunteer in Columbia is using video games as an opportunity to teach kids about math, science and technology. Plus, the fourth installment of My Farm Roots, a series from Harvest Public Media in which we hear Americans’ stories and memories of rural life.
This week on the show, a club at Benton Elementary teaches math, science and technology to students using video games. Plus, we’ll introduce you to the new principal of Shepard Boulevard Elementary in Columbia.
Columbia’s Thomas Benton Elementary School received 50 iPads at the beginning of the school year. The technology’s been used in classes such as Art, Music and P.E. KBIA’s Lee Jian Chung looked at how these tablet computers are being introduced into schools and whether or not it could replace the chalkboard.