The US has some of the best healthcare in the world, but we do not enjoy the best health overall.  Worse yet, health in America is very unequally distributed.  Wisconsin is, unfortunately, a good example of this:  our overall health gets only a “C” grade, and we get “D” and “F” grades for health disparities by race/ethnicity, educational attainment, and urban/suburban/rural locations.  Dr. Swain will discuss what really drives these poor outcomes and these large disparities, and how people of faith can help move us towards better health for everyone.

Geoffrey R. Swain, MD, MPH, is a public health physician and an Emeritus Professor at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health.  He is also a former member, past President, and now friend of UCN.

Dr. Swain started his career as a practicing Family Physician, but spent most of his career in Public Health teaching and practice, retiring after over 15 years at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health, and for 14 years prior to that as at the Medical College of Wisconsin.  Dr. Swain also served for 26 years as Medical Director for the City of Milwaukee Health Department, and before that teaching in a family practice residency program.

Sunday service timeline:

9:50 – Join for informal conversation (optional)
10:00 – Service begins
11:00 – Coffee hour

 

Rob Ricigliano is a Systems & Complexity coach with The Omidyar Group. In that role he supports social change organizations and initiatives. Rob constantly explores how to use systems and complexity thinking in accessible and practical ways.

Prior to joining The Omidyar Group, Rob worked on peacebuilding in complex environments and violent conflict zones around the world - from Iraq and Afghanistan to Cambodia, Colombia, and South Africa, among others. In that role he worked with leaders of governments, non-governmental organizations, armed groups, and political parties. He co-founded the Alliance for Peacebuilding and the Master of Sustainable Peacebuilding program at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM). He also serves as an Emeritus Board Member on the Alliance for Peacebuilding. He wrote, Making Peace Last: a toolbox for sustainable peacebuilding (2012).

Sunday service timeline:

9:50 – Join for informal conversation (optional)
10:00 – Service begins
11:00 – Coffee hour

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