May 29, 2014


Guest:  Jerry Halverson, M.D., adult psychiatrist and Medical Director of Focus and Adult Services, Rogers Memorial Hospital

Graduating from high school or college is a major transitional event.  Add to that depression, bipolar or other mood disorder, and the lives of young adults suffering from these conditions can become paralyzed with fear, stress and uncertainty.  These conditions are common but treatable.

On this program, adult psychiatrist, Dr. Jerry Halverson, and Medical Director for FOCUS, a new residential treatment program at Rogers Memorial Hospital designed to help young adults ages 18-30, describes how evidence-based therapy combined with basic life skills education can change the lives of young people and help them become enthused about living again.

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May 22, 2014


Guests:  Sandra Bonnici-Hoecherl, Associate Director of Education, Madison Children's Museum; Dolly Ledin, Adult Role Models in Science Coordinator (ARMS); Steve Goldberg, Co-Chair, Summer Palooza

What can we learn from kids? How can we turn their natural instinct for fun into learning experiences that will help them throughout life?

On this program, Sandra Bonnici-Hoecherl, Dolly Ledin, and Steve Goldberg share the creative ways our community is stimulating children to have fun learning!

From the diverse programs at the Madison Children's Museum to UW students and volunteers learning to mentor young children to "have fun with science," to Summer Palooza - the family festival inaugurated last year as the Rotary Club of Madison's gift to the Madison community - the community is coming together to maximize the benefits of play.

Enjoy Summer Palooza this year on Saturday, June 14 - Father's Day weekend from 10 am to 3:00 pm, downtown Madison at Rotary Centennial Plaza in front of the Children's Museum.

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May 13, 2014


Guests:  Melinda Heinritz, Strategic Partnerships Director, Madison Community Foundation/A Fund for Women and Christine Lidbury, Executive Director, Wisconsin Women's Council

On this Mother's Day weekend, we turn our attention to women and girls in Wisconsin - how their status compares to the rest of the country and what support they are receiving to enhance their basic life skills, education and leadership development.

While more women than men are graduating with advance degrees, they are still significantly in the minority in CEO positions and elected office. What is being done to change that?

On this program, Melinda Heinritz and Christine Lidbury update us on the demographics of women in Wisconsin, the growing gap in education levels and wages, and the support women and girls are receiving to stay in school, gain higher paying job skills, develop businesses, and advocate to attain leadership roles in the community, business and government.

May 6, 2014


GUESTS:   Sharyl Kato, Director and Child and Family Therapist, The Rainbow Project, Inc. and Elizabeth Hudson, head of the Wisconsin Office of Children's Mental Health and member of Fostering Futures - integrating trauma-informed care into Wisconsin communities.

The traumatic event is over, but the person's reaction to it is not. Chronic early trauma - especially when the personality is forming - can have a major impact on brain development and a child's course of life.

On this program, Sharyl Kato and Elizabeth Hudson share findings from the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study. They describe how Wisconsin is investing in prevention programming, trauma-informed intervention and mental health and substance abuse services to improve the physical and mental health, socioeconomic status, and educational achievements of those who encounter trauma in their lives.

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