First positive case of COVID-19 confirmed in Barton County
The Barton County Health Department reported the first confirmed positive case of coronavirus disease 19 (COVID-19) in Barton County. Testing was confirmed on Monday, March 30 at 11 a.m.
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Psychologist to speak on mental health and physical well being
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Dr. Andi Kinlin will speak on the topic, “How does physical health affect mental well being?” at the next meeting of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) support group. The meeting will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 13, in the Thelma Harms Room, in the basement of St. Rose Ambulatory and Surgery Center, 3515 Broadway.
Mary Radenberg, president of the local NAMI support group, said Dr. Kinlen is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in private practice at Sandstone Bridge Center LLC in Great Bend, where she began working in the fall 2013. Her education includes bachelor’s and master’s degrees in psychology at Mississippi State University and an additional master’s degree in psychology and a PhD in clinical psychology from Oklahoma State University. Her training at OSU centered on working with children, though she has been trained to work with individuals across the lifespan. Dr. Kinlen also participated in the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) program through the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. She went on to work as a Licensed Psychologist at Prairie View in McPherson for seven years.
Dr. Kinlen was recently elected as the president for the Kansas Association for Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health (KAIMH) and is working toward her Infant Mental Health Endorsement certification.  
Great Bend’s NAMI is a free support group for individuals living with mental illness and their family members. It meets from 7-9 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month in the Thelma Harms Room, in the basement of St. Rose Ambulatory and Surgery Center, 3515 Broadway. For more information contact Radenberg by calling 620-617-1690 or