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Health Communication speaker series set for spring semester

RELEASED: Feb. 10, 2011

EAU CLAIRE — Members of the greater Eau Claire community and the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire campus community are invited to attend a free Health Communication speaker series on campus this spring.

The first session will feature Dr. Rachel Sullivan, a nurse practitioner who specializes in pediatric rheumatology. Sullivan will host an open forum for students and community members from 12:45-2 p.m. March 10 in Room 104 of the Nursing Building. The forum will be connected through interactive television to Ministry Saint Joseph's Hospital in Marshfield, Room 119 South, for nursing students and faculty at UW-Eau Claire's Marshfield site as well as community members in that area.

Sullivan, a nursing leader in pediatric rheumatology, implemented a program for children with juvenile arthritis to increase physical activity. Her program included an innovative Web-based education treatment component. Sullivan worked closely with children and their families to eliminate misconceptions surrounding exercise and healthy lifestyles for children with juvenile arthritis.

Sullivan also will lead a forum for UW-Eau Claire faculty from 2:15-3 p.m. March 10 in Room 104 of the Nursing Building. This faculty forum will be connected to Room 119 South at Ministry Saint Joseph's Hospital through ITV for faculty located in Marshfield.

Dr. Kara Jacobsen will lead the second Health Communication speaker session. A faculty forum will run from noon-1 p.m. April 7 in Room 104 of the Nursing Building. A forum open to students and community members will follow from 1-2 p.m., also in Room 104 of the Nursing Building. Both events will be connected through ITV to Room 119 South at Ministry Saint Joseph's Hospital in Marshfield.

Jacobsen is a nurse practitioner who practices at an upper Midwest urban pediatric hospital-based clinic. She recently completed a multidimensional project to address childhood obesity. Her project integrated several communication strategies including addressing problems in medical documentation, helping providers and staff understand new standards of care, and creating patient education materials to help them understand their weight issues and provide ideas for improvement. The project improved the clinic's compliance with the recommended standards for addressing childhood obesity.

The third speaker in the series will be Dr. Theresa Brown, author of "Critical Care: A New Nurse Faces Death, Life, and Everything in Between" (2010). A forum open to students and community members will occur from 1-2 p.m. April 28 in Room 104 of the Nursing Building. The forum will be connected by ITV to Room 119 South at Ministry Saint Joseph's Hospital in Marshfield. Brown's faculty forum will run from 9-11 a.m. April 29 in a location still to be determined.

Brown, who has worked as a professor of English at Tufts University, now works as a nurse in Philadelphia. She writes a regular column for the Well blog at the New York Times. Her writings help public audiences recognize the unique skills and perspectives nurses bring to healthcare and to understand the experience of nursing. Her work as a healthcare communicator helps promote the professionalism and valuing of nurses.

The Health Communication speaker series is supported by funding from the UW-Eau Claire Office of Research and Sponsored Programs.

Seating is limited for all sessions. Community members, students and faculty who want to attend the forums can reserve a seat by contacting Charlotte Sortedahl at sortdeck@uwec.edu.

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