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Trauma-Informed Care offers Milwaukee children a new approach for finding hope and healing

Over the past few decades, a culture developed that seemed to place a higher value on bureaucratic outcomes of health care than on fostering positive human connections. The effort to make a sweeping shift in the practice of behavioral health has come to be known as trauma-informed care. Put simply, trauma-informed care is a concept and practice used in professions ranging from child welfare to criminal justice that is grounded in behavioral science and recognizes that traumatic experiences can powerfully shape an individual’s behavior for years or even decades. A NEW APPROACH TO HUMAN SERVICES TAKES HOLD Health and...

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Tangled web of politics ensnares Wisconsin with Foxconn, Terry Gou, Donald Trump, and China

To assist the explanation, this infographic details the relationships between Wisconsin, the United States, Taiwan and China, as well as Foxconn, Gou, and Trump. To assist the explanation, this infographic details the relationships between Wisconsin, the United States, Taiwan and China, as well as Foxconn, Gou, and Trump. China’s relationship with Taiwan Taiwan was annexed by China’s Qing dynasty in 1683, but it lost control of the island to Japan in 1895. It was part of the Japanese colonial empire until that country’s defeat in World War II. The Republic of China took over after the war, but when...

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Wisconsin remains highly vulnerable to measles outbreak with fifth highest rate of vaccine refusal

The United States declared measles eliminated in 2000, thanks to a sustained public health effort built around near universal use of a safe and effective vaccine. But less than two decades later, measles is back, and at a level not seen for a quarter-century, meaning a generation of healthcare workers have little experience with the disease. Measles is re-emerging as a public health threat thanks in part to a worldwide surge in the disease, as well as sustained concerns that vaccines are unsafe or unnecessary. These fears, including those rooted in falsified and debunked research, have propelled a rise...

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The dilemma of distance complicates health care options in rural Wisconsin

The same aspects of rural life that are attractive to many Wisconsinites — solitude, space, smaller communities — can often make getting the health care they need a challenge that ranges from mere inconvenience to life-threatening. Long distances between medical facilities and the people they serve, as well as struggles to attract and retain healthcare professionals in rural areas, are stark manifestations of this quandary. Four broad obstacles help define the difficulty of accessing rural healthcare. UW-Madison faculty and health professionals based in rural Wisconsin described these barriers in the documentary. Recruiting and keeping rural doctors and nurses A...

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Resettlement process in Wisconsin can limit educational dreams for refugees

Refugees who make a new home in Wisconsin carry with them hopes and dreams as diverse as their backgrounds. But many find upon arrival that their education and career goals do not necessarily align with the government’s refugee resettlement program. The paramount and singular goal of refugee resettlement in the United States is for refugees to secure rapid economic “self-sufficiency,” as measured by employment and transition off support services. The way the federal government defines this goal significantly limits how refugee resettlement providers are able to support higher education opportunities for refugees in Wisconsin. College education for refugees, as...

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Stealth Depression: A lack of mobility compounds economic disadvantage for 53206 residents

While Wisconsin’s unemployment rate hovers near historic lows, one Milwaukee neighborhood’s chronic economic misery continues to weigh heavily on the prospects of thousands of its residents. The 53206 zip code on Milwaukee’s north side embodies the kinds of longstanding problems that can plague disadvantaged urban communities: acute poverty, high unemployment, mass incarceration, a dearth of local jobs and little room for economic mobility. The neighborhood’s troubles have drawn increasing attention in recent years, and a 2016 documentary explored how high incarceration rates in the zip code affect the lives of its residents. One important issue contributing to and compounding...

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