Welcome to Community Conversations 2018-2019!
Community Conversations is a monthly meeting of community members to discuss important topics of the day. We meet the 3rd Wednesday of every month, September -November, and January-April. Lunch is provided with the opportunity for a free will donation to cover those costs. Please Register here.
Our next (and last of the year) Conversation on Wednesday, April 24, will be "Gun Violence Prevention: Dispelling Myths, Understanding Science, Strengthening Prevention Programs and Policies."
Gun Violence is a major health/public health burden in our communities across Wisconsin. Firearm related suicides and homicides account for hundreds of deaths each year in Wisconsin, costing our communities, and taxpayers millions of dollars. Many firearm related injuries result in permanent disabilities, such as paralysis, costing hundreds of thousands of dollars each year in health care.
Injury Science is critical to dispel myths, advance our understanding, and develop comprehensive strategies to prevent injuries and deaths. All sectors of civil society need to convene and rationally discuss this challenging burden, just like we do for other diseases such as cancer and heart disease.
Our speaker will be Dr. Stephen Hargarten of the Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Hargarten has been an active emergency medicine practitioner, injury control researcher, and educator for nearly 40 years. His roles as Professor and Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine and Director of the Comprehensive Injury Center have uniquely positioned him to advance the science of injury and violence prevention and control at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Additionally, his expertise in applying the public health model to unintentional injury and violence prevention has helped to advance the discussion of injury as a biosocial disease at a national level. Under Dr. Hargarten's direction and leadership, the Comprehensive Injury Center (CIC) was established with funding from the CDC in 2001 as an interdisciplinary, interdepartmental collaboration. The work of the CIC has balanced scientific research, reflecting areas of expertise of faculty and staff, with important core programs to research the causes and conditions of these injuries; to translate the knowledge gained from research by developing, implementing, and disseminating programmatic and policy interventions to prevent, treat, and care for those who are injured; and to educate future injury and violence prevention leaders.
We welcome all who want to make a difference.
Lunch is provided. Free-will offering is appreciated.
Registration is not required, but encouraged.
In an effort to strengthen our community, Community Conversations looks to engage citizens in thoughtful, theological, non-partisan and non-political discussion about local economic and social issues. We invite anyone who is interested in making a difference.”