SSM HEALTH AT HOME: THE REBRANDING OF HOME HEALTH UNITED

Guest: Janet Bollig, Medical Social Worker and Outreach Manager, SSM Health at Home

Home Health United has provided care to the communities it has served for over 30 years. Last year, Home Health United changed its name to SSM Health at Home. Why? “So patients and customers can see how the services we offer fit into the larger picture of their healthcare needs,” explained Janet Bollig, Medical Social Worker and Outreach Manager. “Only our name and logo have changed.”

On this program, Janet Bollig takes us back to the 1870’s and the Sisters of St. Mary who provided loving care to the people who were sick. It is from that history that SSM Health at Home emerged. The conversation continues to include the breadth of services offered today; what is the difference between home health and home care? How does palliative care differ from hospice? And why having Advance Directives in place is critically important to maintaining control of our lives.

ADOPTION, ADDICTION, HEALING AND HELPING: A PERSONAL JOURNEY

Guest:  David Bohl, Addiction Counselor and author

At seven days old, David Bohl was adopted into a loving family. Even as he was embraced and doted on by parents who told him he was special because he was adopted, he felt confused about who he was. Why had someone relinquished him? What was wrong with him? This feeling was reinforced when, at the age of six, he shared the exciting news that he was adopted with his friends. They were not impressed. Instead, their faces showed pity and embarrassment. David knew then he was right. He was different, bad, and he withdrew.

In his teenage years, David discovered that alcohol was a great coping mechanism to relieve his internal shame. His love affair with alcohol flourished. It accompanied him through high school, college, work, and into his family life. It kept him going – until it didn’t.

On this program, David Bohl describes his incredible journey and how he came to terms with his identity and the recognition that alcohol was destroying him. Recovery was a complicated process, but as with everything else, he pursued it with vigilance. What was his nemesis became his passion.

Now 13 years sober, today he is helping others confront their pain and addiction. David went back to school to earn a Masters of Addiction Studies degree and is a licensed Addiction Counselor in Wisconsin, Illinois and Minnesota. Currently, he is an independent consultant with Beacon Confidential, LLC in Milwaukee.

David B. Bohl has shared his story in his memoir, PARALLEL UNIVERSES: THE STORY OF REBIRTH.

PUBLIC HEALTH RISKS OF CLIMATE CHANGE

Guest:  Jonathan Patz, MD, MPH, Director, UW Global Health Institute….

It is the politics of climate change that is unsettled – not the science, says Professor Jonathan Patz, MD, MPH who is an expert on global health and the impact climate change is having on it. Professor Patz is Director of the UW Global Health Institute. He served as co-chair of the Health Report for the first U.S. National Assessment on Climate Change in 2000 and has been a lead author for 15 years on the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

On this program, Dr. Patz talks about the specifics of the growing threat climate change is having on public health: the impact of rising temperatures; air pollution which is causing the death of 7 million people every year; insect-born diseases and the rise of the zika virus, and water sources and food supplies threatened which have put 850 million people at risk for malnutrition – a number that will continue to grow.

Jonathan Patz also shares his views on what the U.S. pulling out of the Paris Climate Accord will mean.

WISCONSIN ALZHEIMER’S INSTITUTE WRAPS ITS WORK AROUND ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE

Guest:  Jane Mahoney, MD, Professor, UW Division of Geriatrics and Director, Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Institute

The Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Institute was founded in 1998 and is within the UW-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health. It is separate from the Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center which was established in 2009 at UW with a grant from the National Institute on Aging. Both programs are under UW’s School of Medicine and Public Health’s major Initiative to End Alzheimer’s and demonstrate UW’s recognition as a premier Alzheimer’s research center.

On this program, Dr. Jane Mahoney describes the breadth of the Institute’s outreach in Wisconsin and their primary research, the WRAP study, which is the world’s largest longitudinal research study on adults whose parents were diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. The goals are to identify Alzheimer’s early – before symptoms appear – and understand biological, health, and lifestyle factors that increase or decrease risk.

You will hear an overview of where the vast research community is today on identifying the causes, effective treatments, and hopefully a cure for Alzheimer’s disease. Learn, also, what you can do to decrease your risk of developing this devastating disease.

KEEPING YOUR CAREER ON TRACK

Guest:  David Noer, PhD, Organization Development Consultant; Honorary Senior Fellow, Center for Creative Leadership; Professor Emeritus of Business Leadership, Elon University; Author

You’ve done everything right so far: You have a great education in a field with high potential. You are bright, talented, motivated, and your professional value has been embraced. You are employed in a position with a promising future for career advancement. What could possibly go wrong? “Career derailment,” says David Noer.

In his latest book, Keeping Your Career on Track: Avoiding Derailment, Enriching the Work Experience and Helping Your Organization, David Noer describes real-life examples of 99 derailment hazards that can blindside talented employees and lead to termination, demotion, career plateauing, and removal from the fast track and succession planning charts.

On this program, David Noer vividly describes some of the potentially career-ending pitfalls he has encountered. You’ll hear about: Derailment by Zipper; Derailment by Suicidal Meeting Behavior; Derailment by Feedback Immunity; Derailment by the Need to be Right…to be Nasty…to be Busy; Derailment by Diversity Adversity; Derailment by Communication Constipation…and more.

For additional background and books by David Noer, including Humanistic Consulting: It’s History, Philosophy and Power for Organizations, go to davidnoer.com.