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.

WISCONSIN’S VOLUNTEER OMBUDSMAN PROGRAM FOR LONG TERM CARE

Guests:  Julia Pierstorff, Volunteer Coordinator for the Ombudsman Program;  Dale Sankey, Volunteer Ombudsman
 
Volunteers are often called unsung heroes. This is certainly true of the volunteers who are part of the Volunteer Ombudsman Program within Wisconsin’s Board of Aging and Long Term Care. This ongoing program which currently serves residents in nursing homes in 30 Wisconsin counties, trains volunteers to personally visit nursing homes, socialize with the residents, and advocate for their wants and needs. The trained eyes and ears of these volunteers can make a significant difference in the lives of the residents and improve their nursing home experience.
 On tomorrow’s program, Julia Pierstorff and Dale Sankey describe the training volunteers receive, what is required of them, the challenges they may encounter, and how this program benefits the day-to-day lives of nursing home residents.
 Volunteers are always needed.  To learn more about becoming a representative of the Wisconsin Board on Aging & Long Term Care in the role of a Volunteer Ombudsman, call 800-815-0015.

THE REALITIES OF MENTAL ILLNESS

Guests:  Nancy Abraham, founder of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness); Dylan Abraham, living with schizophrenia; Lindsay Wallace, Executive Director, NAMI Dane County

NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) got its start in Madison, Wisconsin 40 years ago when a small group of families advocating for support for their children diagnosed with mental illness gave birth to what is now a national organization with chapters all over the country. Nancy Abraham was one of NAMI’S original founders after her son, Dylan, was diagnosed with schizophrenia.

On tomorrow’s program, Nancy and Dylan Abraham and Lindsay Wallace share their personal stories dealing with the issues of mental illness.

As Nancy looks back to those early days when Dylan was diagnosed after graduating from high school, Dylan describes the dynamics of living with schizophrenia over the decades and how through proper treatment and support his life became stabilized and productive. Recently retired, today Dylan is a remarkable spokesperson on helping people better understand the realities and complexities of mental illness.

Lindsay Wallace’s personal journey with mental illness provides additional insight into her leadership role at NAMI Dane County. She describes confronting mental illness today and NAMI’s current efforts to decriminalize it and divert individuals away from jail into community-based treatment.

This is the topic of NAMI’s 2018 Awards Banquet and Gala, Thursday, April 5, 5:30-8:00 pm at Monona Terrace: STEPPING UP: DECRIMINALIZING MENTAL ILLNESS IN DANE COUNTY, with keynote speaker, Judge Everett Mitchell. Anyone wishing to attend may purchase tickets at namidanecounty.org/banquet, or call 608-249-7188.