April 16, 2015


Guests:  Sara Finger, Executive Director; Mike Murray, Policy Director, Wisconsin Alliance for Women's Health

The Wisconsin Alliance for Women’s Health recently held their 6th Annual Wisconsin Women’s Health Policy Summit.  On this program, Sara Finger and Mike Murray present an overview of the current legislative landscape for women’s health policy in Wisconsin and share tips on how Wisconsin citizens can affect policy.  They describe how the proposed State Budget addresses women’s health issues, and what the anticipated impact on Wisconsin women and girls is.

April 9, 2015


Guests:   Angela Russell, Health Equity Coordinator for Public Health Madison and Dane County; Colleen Butler, Director, YWCA Racial Justice and Restorative Justice Programs

“…many of our anti-discrimination policies focus on finding the bad apples who are explicitly prejudiced. In fact, the serious discrimination is implicit, subtle and nearly universal,” says New York Times columnist David Brooks. The stark disparities that separate the black and white communities in Dane County were well documented in the 2013 Race to Equity Report.

On this program, Angela Russell and Colleen Butler describe how unconscious bias presents itself, the differences between inequality and inequity, the layers of racism, and what we can do to change the pattern.

In preparation for the program, why not test your unconscious bias?  Take Harvard University’s Implicit Bias Assessment - https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/

April 2, 2015


Guests:  Tim Slekar, PhD, Dean of the School of Education, Edgewood College; Jed Hopkins, PhD, Associate Professor of Education, Edgewood College

What are the real issues in education today? Cost vs. Benefit? Private vs. Public? Accountability vs. Responsibility? Standardized testing or furthering knowledge? Career-readiness or developing inquiring minds? And why is the achievement gap so wide in Wisconsin?  These are some of the questions Tim Slekar, PhD and Jed Hopkins, PhD, take on in this stimulating and thought-provoking conversation.

To follow their ongoing conversations online, go to www.bustedpencils.com.

March 26, 2015


Guests: Dan Barlow, Manager, Volunteer Program, Independent Living, Inc. and Heather, Nadia and Aidan Wolowik, ILI Meals on Wheels Volunteers;  Barrett, Nathan and Lisa Allman, Chefs for Seniors 

March is more than Madness!  It is a month to highlight the growing need to make sure our senior population does not go hungry and has nutritious meals available. On this program, two options available to provide meals for seniors in their homes describe how their services work:  Chefs for Seniors - a new business that provides grocery shopping and customized meals prepared in homes by professional chefs and Meals on Wheels, a long time meal program where nutritional meals are delivered by volunteers. Two different approaches yet one common thread. “It’s all about relationships!”

For more information on Meals on Wheels or to volunteer, go to www.independentlivinginc.org.

Contact Chefs for Seniors at www.chefsforseniors.com.

March 18, 2015


GUEST: Lisa Masterson, M.D. and Bonnie Oleson

Women’s health was front and center Sunday, March 15, when Lisa Masterson, M.D., the Emmy-nominated co-host of the Emmy-winning syndicated daytime medical talk show, “The Doctors,” spoke at Mid-West Family’s Healthy Living Expo at the Marriott Madison-West. On this program, hear excerpts from Dr. Masterson's message.  Dr. Masterson, a specialist in obstetrics, gynecology, infertility, adolescent gynecology and family planning is a strong proponent of equal rights for women and all people having access to healthcare. She promotes everyone developing a life plan that works for them.

Also on the program is Bonnie Oleson, Events Planner for Mid-West Family, who shares highlights of the EXPO and describes her own family’s struggle confronting a family member dealing with addiction.

March 12, 2015


GUESTS: Pat Gallagher, Active Zone Leader; Bonnie Oleson, Events Coordinator, Mid-West Family Marketing; Brad Zaugg, owner, Zerorez Madison

Being and staying healthy is a top goal of all of us, but what works for you and your family? What are your choices?  In what ways do your living environment, the things you do, the foods you eat, the relationships you have, the healthcare you seek make a difference in how healthy and happy your life journey is?  Answers to these questions and an amazing array of things to do and learn will fill the Marriott Madison-West on Sunday, March 15, 10 am - 3 pm.  The EXPO is free to the public with activities and presentations for all ages!

On this program, Bonnie Oleson and Pat Gallagher describe the highlights of what to expect at this first-ever Healthy Living Expo. Plus, hear the story behind Empowered Water and how it becomes a powerful cleaning solution without harmful toxins or chemicals from Brad Zaugg.

For more on the HEALTHY LIVING EXPO, go to madisonhealthexpo.com.

March 6, 2015


GUESTS:  Janet Bollig, Medical Social Worker and Outreach Manager;  Ridley Usherwood, Grief Coordinaor, and Rachel Schneider, Hospice RN - Home Health United

Hospice is a benefit for those faced with a life-limiting illness that is covered by Medicare and many insurance companies.   Knowing about hospice and the levels of care that precede it can make the difference in living out your life on your own terms.

On this program, Janet Bollig, Ridley Usherwood and Rachel Schneider describe the the stages of care, the difference between palliative and hospice care, the importance of advanced planning and, in the end, how hospice care can add quality and dignity to the remaining time you have.

Hear more on this topic at Mid-West Family's HEALTHY LIVING EXPO, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Sunday, March 15, at the Marriott-Madison West. It is free to the public with activities and presentations for all ages!  Go to madisonhealthexpo.com for more details.

More care information can be found on www.homehealthunited.org.

February 26, 2015


Guests:  Tracy Flood, MD, PhD. UW-Madison Statewide Obesity Initiative and Joe Ring, Executive Vice President Land Services, Park Towne Development

"Most medical conditions must be prevented outside of the clinic walls," says Dr. Tracy Flood who is Director of Data for the Wisconsin obesity Prevention Initiative at the University of Wisconsin. That's why she became a neighborhood doctor, collaborating with city planners and advocates to map healthy neighborhoods and open up green spaces.

On this program, Dr. Flood is joined by Joe Ring, who has led the development of Conservancy Place, where people can walk out their front doors and enjoy 650 acres of walking, hiking and biking trails and plenty of green space. Hear more about the work being done to bring people together to build neighborhoods that promote healthier living and reduce obesity.

February 19, 2015


GUEST:  Mark Miehe, Independent Financial Advisor, Midwest Financial Group  

We may have focused on love as we celebrated Valentine's Day, but as wonderful as it sounds, we can't live on love - alone.  On this program, we look at how money issues and financial management can impact loving relationships.  It takes income and financial planning to realize the hopes and dreams of a lifetime together. 

Mark Miehe, founder and president of Midwest Financial Group, Inc., talks about the importance of good communications and understanding the components of a solid financial plan that match the values and aspirations you have for your life.  Learn about the roles disability insurance, long-term care insurance, 401Ks, regular and Roth IRAs, and investing to maintain purchasing power without losing to inflation play in creating a sound financial plan that works for you.

For more information, go to www.midwestfinancialgroup.com.

February 12, 2015


Guest:  Scott Wieland, Employee Benefits Specialist, Midwest Financial Group

While February 15 is the deadline to sign up for health insurance on the federally-facilitated Health Exchange - the only option where tax subsidies are available - that is only one option for obtaining health insurance. You may not be eligible for subsidies, so you are purchasing on the open market, not the Exchange. You may be a small business or a non-profit agency and wondering what health plans are available for you. You might decide not to provide coverage but want to help your employees obtain it. Or you might be just confused. What is the best plan for you? Should you select a silver plan, a bronze plan? All kinds of questions!

On this program, Scott Wieland shares his wealth of knowledge and hands-on experience with individuals, groups, and employers - people he has helped clarify their health insurance options and make the best choices for them.

Also, if you’re buying health insurance through the Exchange, don’t forget.  Go to www.healthcare.gov before February 15.

For more information, contact scott@midwestfinancialgroup.net, 608-807-4775.