May 15, 17-20, 2010

students on a platform overlooking a field

CHE's 2011 Placed-Based Workshop explored a diverse set of "Landscapes of Health," around the state of Wisconsin. Originally conceived as a tour that might introduce students in the health sciences to the range of populations and issues in the state, the workshop became an exploration not just of people and place, but the very concept of the word health.

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Itinerary of 2011 Place-Based Workshop, "Landscapes of Health in Wisconsin"

Curt Meine

Monday May 16: This year's workshop returned to a more familiar format of four days and three nights away from Madison. We loaded up the bus early Monday morning and met Curt Meine on the way to Badger Army Ammunitions Plant. We spent several hours with Joan Kenney and staff discussing issues of persistent chemicals and remediation on a tour of the facility. Our next stop was the nearby International Crane Foundation, where we explored the intersection of human and wildlife health with the foundation's staff. After a quick lunch we headed north to Wautoma to visit a rural health clinic, La Clinica. The staff of La Clinica gave us an inside tour of their site and the issues it faces on a day-to-day basis. At the end of a very full day, we retired to the Central Wisconsin Environmental Station for enjoyable evening of discussion and camaraderie.

students walking into a building

Tuesday May 17: Our second day began with a drive to the Sokaogon Chippewa Community in Crandon. Our hosts generously spent the morning recounting their fight against a proposed mine in the region and the health and cultural impacts of landscape change. Our next stop was south on the Menominee Reservation where Mike Dockry and his colleagues at the College of the Menominee Nation introduced us to the landscape and health issues the area faces. In the evening we enjoyed a meal and entertainment with members of a local drum, and spent the evening at the Menominee Convention Center.

a bottle of slurry

Wednesday May 18: Day three began with a drive to Appleton where we visited the Paper Discovery Center for a discussion about PCB remediation in the Fox Valley with the center's staff and former paper mill managers. From there we continued on to Milwaukee, where we were met by UW-Madison's Judy Leavitt at Lake Park for a discussion about the history of public health in Milwaukee. Our afternoon continued across the street at the Linnwood water treatment facility, where the fabulous staff showed us the ins and outs of protecting public water supplies in the good land. Our day ended in downtown Milwaukee with Dr. Paul Hunter of the Milwaukee Department of Public Health.

students walking into a building

Thursday May 19: Our final day was spent in Milwaukee getting a firsthand look at issues of social justice and environmental health. Our first stop was at the 16th Street Community Clinic, where after an introduction to the area, we joined 16th Street Clinic's Ben Gramling on an extensive tour of the Menominee and Kinnickinnic River valleys. After a meal at the awesome La Fuente, our next stop was at Walnut Way on Milwaukee's north side where Nicole Lightwine and Sharon Adams gave us overview of the community center and their work to restore the financial, ecological, and human health of the area. After a very full four days, the group returned to Madison with a great deal to reflect on.