For Hub City Times
MARSHFIELD — Over the past 50 years, much of the country’s population — and especially in the Midwest — has been moving away from rural areas, opting for urban and suburban settings instead. This trend causes a negative ripple effect across rural communities and industries. As the population declines, businesses face a reduced available workforce, funding for school districts decreases, fewer classes are offered to students, and access to quality health care grows restrictive.
To address these issues and help provide solutions, UW Colleges and UW-Extension are partnering with northern Wisconsin communities, organizations, and government agencies to host Preserving Pathways: A Neighborhood Conversation Series. The series of three roundtables will focus on the topics of education on May 30 in Rice Lake, health care on May 31 in Marshfield, and the economy on June 1 in Marinette.
The discussion on health care takes place at Marshfield Clinic and is open to the public. Reserve a seat at this free event by visiting uwcxroundtables.com.
UW Colleges and UW-Extension Chancellor Cathy Sandeen will facilitate the discussion, and panelists include:
—Matthew J. Jansen, M.D., Division of Education medical director, Marshfield Clinic.
—Susan Schueler-Sheveland, Wood County Human Services outpatient clinic manager.
—Amber Canto, FoodWIse state coordinator, UW-Extension.
—Judee Richardson, director of curricular and academic development for UW Flexible Option, UW-Extension.
—Patti Thwaits, WisPACT Coordinator, UW-Marathon County.
Contact Public Information Officer Emily Campbell at firstname.lastname@example.org or 608-262-2282 for more information.