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Bengal Health Chat
Second Monday of Every Month at 7:30pm

Bengal Health Chat, sponsored by the College of Health at Idaho State University encompasses all things related to health for Idaho and beyond in a short monthly broadcast. Hosted by Teresa Conner, dean for the ISU College of Health, Bengal Health Chat airs the second Monday of each month at 7:30 p.m. on KISU-FM. Bengal Health Chat brings you relevant information from engaging health professionals who share their expertise on a wide variety of health related topics including health professions education for ISU students, health solutions for Idahoans and emerging technologies impacting the world of health and wellness. The show brings focus to the synergy between each of these areas and how they ultimately impact our entire communities.

Latest Episodes
  • Dr. Dannielle Pierotti has worked in many areas of the country building her nursing and professional experience. Dr. Peirotti discusses the importance of healthcare access, nursing representation, changes in the nursing profession, nurse advocacy, and nursing challenges. This future of nursing discussion includes nursing education accessibility, resource needs, collaboration, and nursing educational technological advancements.
  • Dr. Rachel Hulse And Dean Teresa Conner discuss the work that Medical Laboratory Scientists do, in order to keep communities healthy. They also talk about best practices to reduce your chance of getting sick.
  • Bengal Sports Dietitian, Natalie Christensen talks with Dean Teresa Conner to address campus food insecurity and how it affects student athletes. Christensen is a certified specialist in sports dietetics and works closely with student athletes. She teaches them how to optimize their performance by focusing on the foods they eat.
  • Lesa Crawford joins Dean Theresa Connor this month on Bengal Health Chat for a conversation about student food insecurity. Crawford is the Student Care and Assistance Coordinator at Idaho State University. She manages Benny's Pantry and the Bengal Meal Share Program. These services help students overcome barriers so they can be successful in their education goals.
  • Join host Dr. Teresa Conner for this episode of Bengal Health Chat, where she sits down for a discussion with Dr. Char Byington, Department Chair of Nutrition and Dietetics here at Idaho State University. Dr. Byingon provides dietary guidance for the holiday season and throughout the year.
  • For this episode of Bengal Health Chat, join host Dr. Teresa Conner as she sits down with Dr. Melody Weaver, the immediate past president of the Idaho Rural Health Association, Joseph Chacon, MPH student, Dr. Diana Schow, an Outstanding Educator recipient from the National Rural Health Association, and Rylee O'Neill, Idaho AHEC Director.
  • Idaho is home to countless opportunities for outdoor recreation, from hiking to white water rafting to rock climbing and everything in between. But what happens when someone gets hurt in the wilderness, far from an urgent care facility or emergency room? Dr. A.J. Weinhold from ISU’s Family Medicine Residency program and Darin Jernigan, co-chair for the Health Occupations Department in the College of Technology explain tips that anyone recreating in the outdoors should know, and share expert advice as wilderness medicine professionals.
  • Idaho is one of several states that doesn’t require hearing screenings for newborns. This can mean that deaf or hard of hearing babies don’t get immediate access to the care that could help improve their condition or even reverse their hearing loss. Dr. Kristina Blaiser and Kat Ross explain how important family support is in early intervention, along with a project they developed to bring families and providers across Idaho together in order to respond to the needs of families with children who are deaf and hard of hearing.
  • Chrissa Peterson from the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics at Idaho State joins Dean Teresa Conner for a discussion on diet and nutrition, but it’s one that is fun and very interesting.
  • Maggie Mann, district director for Southeastern Idaho Public Health joins Dean Teresa Conner for a discussion on the social aspects that can influence a person’s health such as education, socioeconomic status, and access to transportation, among others.