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Coming up on Connections: Tuesday, February 18

Feb 18, 2020

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First hour: Irish tenor and Paralympian Ronan Tynan

Second hour: Discussing possible changes to the state's Medicaid program

Acclaimed Irish tenor and Paralympian Ronan Tynan is coming to Rochester to speak and sing at two events. Tynan was born with phocomelia, a lower limb disability that caused both of his legs to be underdeveloped. At the age of 20, both of Tynan’s legs were amputated after a car accident. Since that time, he has used prosthetic legs and won Paralympic medals in track and field. He’s also a physician specializing in orthopedic sports injuries and has worked in the prosthetics industry. This hour, Tynan joins us to discuss his life and work, his career with the Irish Tenors, and more. We also talk with local being recognized for their work promoting inclusion. Our guests:

  • Ronan Tynan, Irish tenor, Paralympian, and physician
  • Lori VanAuken, executive director of Catholic Charities Community Services
  • Kathy Termine, director of developmental disabilities at Catholic Charities Community Services
  • Royce Rogers, brother of Alice Rogers, one of the first residents of Catholic Charities Community Services
  • Norm Silverstein, president and CEO of WXXI Public Broadcasting Council

Then in our second hour, the New York State Medicaid Redesign Team II is holding a public forum Tuesday afternoon to take questions and comments about possible changes to the state’s Medicaid program. This hour, we discuss the program, possible upcoming changes, and more. In studio:

  • Wade Norwood, CEO of Common Ground Health who serves on the Medicaid Redesign Team II 
  • Dr. Deborah Pierce, M.D., clinical associate professor of family medicine at the University of Rochester Medical Center