Spring 2013

Health care is focus of national conference held on campus

UW-Stevens Point offered its resources to the Central Wisconsin community this year by hosting the Center for Small Cities National Conference. The conference was part of the UW-Stevens Point Healthy Communities Initiative, which aids in the university’s goal to provide partnership for thriving communities.

The Center for Small Cities National Conference brought academics, small city elected officials and health care professionals to UW-Stevens Point to discuss the development, needs and problems affecting small cities.  Led by co-directors Ed Miller from Political Science and Robert Wolensky from Sociology and Social Work, the conference will be included in the center’s published proceedings.

This year’s theme was health care for small communities. Local health facilities joined UW-Stevens Point including Aspirus, Marshfield Clinic, Ministry Health Care and Delta Dental in tackling issues that concern small communities.

The conference included keynote speaker Richard Cooper’s presentation titled “Who Will Care for Tomorrows Children (and their Parents)?”, as well as featured speaker Ira Moscovice’s “The Impact of Health Care Reform on Rural Health” and Patrick Remington’s “Can Rural Countries Rule in Health Rankings?”

The conference offered a wide range of topics including “Technology’s Impact on Health in Small Cities and Rural Areas: EMR, Social Media, and Telemedicine”,” Recruitment of Health Professionals in Small Cities and Rural Areas,” and “Mental Health.”

The Center for Small Cities National Conference is one way the College of Letters and Science strives to support a healthy community. The college will continue to leverage its resources in the future by teaming up with local, regional and national programs to follow their thriving community initiative.  

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