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Milwaukee - Marquette University College of Nursing to Host Mental Health Forum

Marquette University College of Nursing will host its fourth annual Health Care Forum, "Access to Mental Health Care Services in our Community," Monday, May 6, from 7:15 a.m. to 9 a.m. in the Alumni Memorial Union, located at 1442 West Wisconsin Avenue. The discussion will focus on access to mental health care services in the Milwaukee community, and will feature a panel discussion with the community leaders who help provide those services every day. The forum is free and open to the public.

"We have convened a panel of local health care experts and leaders who are working hard every day to advance mental health care services in Milwaukee to discuss this important issue," said Dr. Margaret Callahan, dean of the College of Nursing. "This forum is meant to be a resource for the community in addressing access to mental health care services and understanding the significant challenges individuals in our community are facing."

Dr. Brenda J. Bowers, R.N., senior vice president of organizational change and leadership performance at Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare, will moderate a panel of experts representing multiple perspectives on mental health care in Wisconsin:

• Bevan K. Baker, F.A.C.H.E., Commissioner of Health, City of Milwaukee
• Kristina Finnel, M.S.W., A.P.S.W., president and CEO of Mental Health America of Wisconsin
• Meg Kissinger, investigative journalist at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
• Dr. Jon Lehrmann, chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin; co-division manager of the Mental Health Division at the Zablocki Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Paula Lucey, M.S.N., R.N., Grad '88, former administrator of the Behavior Health Division of Milwaukee County; chair of the Consortium for Health Wisconsin Partnership Program at the Medical College of Wisconsin
Sue Schuler, M.S.N., R.N., Nursing's Voice Project Consultant, Wisconsin Center for Nursing

Registration is available online. A complimentary continental breakfast will be provided. Parking is available in the 16th Street Parking Structure, located between Wisconsin Avenue and Wells Street.
Members of the media who wish to attend the event should contact Lynn Sheka, associate director of university communication in the Office of Marketing and Communication, at or (414) 288-6712.

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