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Alcohol Abuse Will Be Addressed at First Wisconsin Idea Forum

RELEASED: April 1, 2009

EAU CLAIRE — The Wisconsin Idea Forum, the first in an ongoing series of programs that connect important regional and state issues with University of Wisconsin resources, will be held from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. May 14 at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

"Addressing Alcohol Abuse through Public Policy: Finding Common Ground," will be the topic of the inaugural forum. The forums are designed to engage diverse groups of stakeholders in public policy discussions and action planning around Wisconsin's most complex social, environmental and economic challenges.

There will be interactive video satellite sites at UW-Green Bay, UW-Madison, UW-Milwaukee, UW-Stevens Point and UW-Superior.

The focus of the forum will be on the scope of alcohol abuse as a significant Wisconsin public health issue, and the policies that have been enacted and/or proposed to solve the problem.

The day-long conference is designed for state lawmakers, community leaders, business people, health and human service providers, university staff, students and others interested in the topic.

"The Wisconsin Idea Forum taps into the UW System's long-standing tradition of leveraging the university's resources to benefit the citizens of Wisconsin," said UW System President Kevin P. Reilly. "We are excited by this new effort to convene diverse voices and stakeholders for such substantive, far-reaching policy discussions.I look forward to seeing the findings of the first forum on alcohol abuse, as well as other similarly weighty topics in the future."

UW-Eau Claire Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich will open the program and President Reilly will introduce the Wisconsin Idea Forum initiative. Presenters and topics include:

  • Patrick Remington, M.D., M.P.H, "Working Upstream to Reduce the Public Health Burden of Alcohol Abuse in Wisconsin."
  • Tom Oliver, Ph.D.," The Role of Public Policy in Reducing Harm from Alcohol Use."
  • D. Paul Moberg, Ph.D., "Evidence-based Policies and Practices to Reduce the Harm Caused by Alcohol Use in Wisconsin."
  • Richard Brown, M.D., M.P.H., "Getting Involved and Making a Difference."

The cost to attend is $49 for registrations received by May 1 or $69 for registrations received after May 1. Student scholarships are available.

For more information on the forum, contact Nikki Andrews or call 715-836-5606.

To register, obtain additional program information, or to request reasonable accommodations for disabilities, please contact Continuing Education at 715-836-3636, toll-free 866-893-2423, use the Wisconsin Relay System (711), or visit



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