Mike Walker, assistant director of the Docking Institute of Public Affairs at Fort Hays State University, recently participated in several reports and presentations.
Walker completed a report titled "Medicaid Beneficiary Photo Identification Requirement Study" for the Kansas Health Policy Authority.
He presented "Labor Availability Assessment Methodology and Review of St. Joseph Labor Study Findings" to the St. Joseph Area Chamber of Commerce. The study included a seven-county area in Kansas and Missouri.
Walker also presented "Identifying Public Issues" to the Kansas Environmental Leadership Program held in Hays. His presentation outlined ways to determine if issues are emerging as major public concerns and provided key elements of an issue-evolution model.
In Topeka on Jan. 18, Walker participated in the Kansas Transportation symposium sponsored by the Kansas Department of Transportation. The department sought input to help develop a future state transportation plan.
Walker and Dr. Brett Zollinger, director of the Docking Institute, presented "Difference in Available Labor Force Characteristics: Metropolitan, Medium Micropolitan, and Small Micropolitan Patterns" at the Rural Sociological Society annual conference in Louisville, Ky. Their presentation compared the findings of labor research in Wichita, Hays and McCook, Neb.
Walker and Leslie Paige, grants facilitator for the Docking Institute and the Graduate School, recently facilitated strategic planning for the city of Great Bend.