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AHW Announces the Return of Popular Conversations with Scientists Learning Series with ‘The Science of Mental Health’

February 20, 2020, Posted by AHW Endowment

AHW’s popular Conversations with Scientists learning series, which brings the research and knowledge of MCW experts to the public, returns this spring to bring you “The Science of Mental Health: Journey Inside Your Brain.”

The free, four-part series will explore topics in mental health on Wednesday evenings, April 22 through May 13, debunking myths and stigma surrounding topics such as anxiety, depression, suicidality, and addiction while explaining the science of what really happens in the brain around these conditions.

Join us for one (or all!) of our evening sessions that will explore critical topics that are making news and creeping into conversations about everything from education to health care to violence prevention.

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  • Supporting Healthy Minds

Accelerating Discovery: Understanding the Impact of Exercise on Chronic Pain

January 31, 2020, Posted by AHW Endowment

How AHW early-stage research funding is creating new knowledge on chronic pain that may benefit the lives of Wisconsin children today and for generations to come

Pain has a purpose. It serves as our body’s warning that something is wrong, allowing us to protect against further injury or care for a wound. As our body heals, the pain subsides.

But for some, pain is different. It lasts weeks, months, or years. It no longer serves a protective purpose and impacts the ability to perform the normal activities of daily life. This is chronic pain – a health challenge often talked about for the severe impact it has on daily life for adults who suffer. But left out of the conversation is another critical patient population: Children.

“One in four kids have chronic pain,” says Keri Hainsworth, PhD, associate professor of anesthesiology at the Medical College of Wisconsin and research director of the Jane B. Pettit Pain Management Center at Children’s Wisconsin.

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January 2020 Message from the Director

January 31, 2020, Posted by AHW Endowment

As we enter a new year, I want to take a moment to reflect on 2019 and look forward to what AHW has planned for 2020.

Since joining AHW as director in September, I have had the wonderful opportunity to travel throughout Wisconsin and meet with many of our partners to listen to what they see as our greatest health challenges. So far, I’ve visited 31 counties, crossing the state to Ashland, Eau Claire, and Kenosha while also crisscrossing the MCW campus to meet the incredible folks in our MCW departments and centers who share our passion for improving health statewide. I’ve enjoyed learning from those leading incredible health improvement efforts, and I’ve heard story after story of what AHW funding means to projects across Wisconsin. I am so inspired by both the work in progress and what lies ahead.

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