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Experts to Discuss Public Policies to Address Alcohol Abuse in Wisconsin

Editors: For more information or to arrange for interviews with presenters, contact Nikki Andrews or call 715-836-5606.

RELEASED: April 24, 2009

Wisconsin Idea Forum imageEAU CLAIRE — Medical and public policy experts will lead a discussion in May in Eau Claire about the scope of alcohol abuse in Wisconsin and the policies that have been enacted and/or proposed to solve the problem.

"Addressing Alcohol Abuse through Public Policy: Finding Common Ground" — to be held from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. May 14 at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire — will be the inaugural Wisconsin Idea Forum, the first in a series of programs that connect important regional and state issues with University of Wisconsin resources.

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

UW-Eau Claire Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich will open the program and UW System President Kevin 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.

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, e-mail ce@uwec.edu, use the Wisconsin Relay System (711), or visit their Web site.

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