Health

Behavioral Screening and Intervention

Richard Brown, Professor, UW-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health, discusses ways that general healthcare professionals can deliver systematic behavioral screening and intervention (BSI) services to promote healthier behaviors and to better recognize and treat mental health disorders, including addiction.

Community Support to Individuals with Disabilities

Paul White, Director, Community TIES, UW Waisman Center, offers families and their community support teams practical strategies for working with people with disabilities.

Education and Support for Adolescents with Autism

Leann Smith, Assistant Clinical Professor, Lifespan Family Research, Waisman Center, focuses on strategies to help families care for adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Smith discusses the findings of the Transitioning Together Study, an education and support program.

Medication and Behavior Issues in Disabilities

Maria Stanley, Director, Waisman Center Clinics, UW-Madison, discusses behavioral issues that commonly occur in children and adolescents with developmental disabilities and autism spectrum disorders. Stanley provides a brief overview of common behavioral issues and discusses when medications should be considered.

Issues in Genetic Engineering & Food

Tom Zinnen, Biotechnology Specialist, UW-Madison & UW-Extension, discusses how genetic engineering can create disease-resistant crops. Zinnen talks about citrus greening, a disease that is ravaging orange orchards around the world, and how genetic engineering is providing ways to control it, and genetically engineered Golden Rice, which by adding Vitamin A, can help to reduce cases of blindness.

Microbes and Diet, Digestion, and Disease

Greg Richards, Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, UW-Parkside, discusses the countless ways microbes help us thrive and survive. Beneficial microorganisms ferment foods such as cheese and yogurt, help with the digestive system by synthesizing vitamins and helping with the absorption of nutrients, and aid our immune systems to fight off diseases.

Affordable Care Act Forum

Carol Koby moderates a panel discussion about the Affordable Care Act and understanding the Federal Health Insurance Marketplace with Lori Compas, WI Business Alliance, Kerry Arent, Appvion, John Meurer, Medical College of WI, José Araujo, Partners for Community Development, and Bill Hanna, WI Dept. of Health Services. Donovan Slack, USA Today/Gannett provides the keynote presentation.

Contraception, Religion and the Affordable Care Act

Matthew Bowman, Senior Legal Counsel, Alliance Defending Freedom, and Frances Kissling, Founder, Catholics for Free Choice, join panel moderator Mark Brown, Senior Fellow, WIPPS, to debate policy questions relating to the Affordable Care Act. This discussion focuses on the federal mandate requiring health care insurance to cover the cost of contraception and its impact on religious freedom.

Prevalence Trends and Risk Factors for Autism

Maureen Durkin, Professor, Population Health Sciences & Pediatrics, UW-Madison, presents an update on trends in the prevalence of autism spectrum disorder. Durkin looks at risk factors including pregnancy complications, parental age, birth order, gene mutations, socioeconomic status and comorbid disabilities.

Children with Down Syndrome in Preschool Programs

Joan Ershler, Director, Waisman Early Childhood Program, UW-Madison, discusses strategies focusing on the needs of Down Syndrome children in early education programs. Ershler offers research based suggestions for meaningful inclusion and good teaching practices for young children.

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