Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Friday, August 25, 2017

Health Policy Project heads to Fox Valley for Sept. 8 event

Sam Austin (MIPA '08) Sam Austin (MIPA '08)

The Evidence-Based Health Policy Project (EBHPP) at the University of Wisconsin–Madison is sponsoring a public discussion about community health on Friday, September 8 at UW–Fox Valley. State Representatives Dave Murphy, Mike Rohrkaste, and Amanda Stuck are hosting the event, which features six local groups working to improve health in the region.

The two-hour discussion – Community Health in the Fox Valley: How are Local Groups Sharing What They Know? – begins at 10 a.m. in James W. Perry Hall at UW–Fox Valley, 1478 Midway Road, Menasha. Participants will discuss how they build a vital base of knowledge and expertise through their work to addressing substance abuse, mental health, obesity, aging, and other health issues in the community. Scheduled panelists are:

  • Melissa Kraemer-Badtke, Safe Routes to School, East Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission
  • Maren Peterson, National Alliance on Mental Illness – Fox Valley
  • Bonnie Schmidt, UW–Oshkosh College of Nursing
  • Lynn Ann Clausing Rusch, Fox Valley Memory Project
  • Paula Morgen, ThedaCare
  • Sarah Wright, Weight of the Fox Valley

The program is free and open to the public. To ensure adequate seating and materials, online registration is requested.

The Evidence-Based Health Policy Project draws on the leadership and talent of academic, government, and industry experts to help policymakers address Wisconsin’s health challenges. It connects lawmakers, researchers, and others to advance Wisconsin's health by providing policymakers in both the public and private sectors with non-partisan, high-quality information for evidence-based decision-making and by increasing involvement of UW faculty research and teaching activities in topical issues of state public policy. Sam Austin (MIPA '08) is executive director of the EBHPP, and La Follette student Stephanie Marburger is the project assistant.

Created in 2002, the Evidence-Based Health Policy Project is a partnership of UW–Madison’s Population Health Institute, UW–Madison’s La Follette School of Public Affairs, and the Wisconsin Legislative Council. Grants from the Wisconsin Partnership Program at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health, the UW Institute for Clinical and Translational Research, and the UW–Madison Chancellor’s Office support the program, along with in-kind contributions.