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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
  • 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.
  • March is Red Cross month, and Dean Conner is joined by Matt Ochsner from the American Red Cross for this month’s episode of Bengal Health Chat. Beyond blood drives, the American Red Cross in our region serves a variety of functions for much of Idaho, Montana and East Oregon.
  • Occupational therapists Amanda Henscheid and Catie Canavan join our host, Dean Theresa Conner, to explain the role of occupational therapists and share stories about ISU OT students as they complete their degree program.
  • This annual program, Give Kids A Smile, will be held February 4, 2023 and Colleen Stephenson explains the event in this edition of Bengal Health Chat, hosted by Dean Theresa Conner.
  • In this month's episode of Bengal Health Chat, Dean Teresa Connor welcomes Dr. Melody Weaver from ISU’s School of Nursing to talk about her journey of becoming an NP. They also discuss the future for the profession and the role nurse practitioners play in Bannock County, Idaho, and in the US.
  • Paula Phelps has a passion for serving the underserved through women's health and primary care, lifestyle medicine, and mental health first aid. Paula talks with Dean Teresa Conner about the healing effects of lifestyle medicine in this month’s episode of Bengal Health Chat.
  • On this episode of Bengal Health Chat, Dean Teresa Conner welcomes Dr. Diane Ogiela, an associate professor in the ISU Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders.