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When: 3:00 PM
Where: UWL Student Union - Room 3310
1705 Badger Street
La Crosse, Wisconsin 
United States
Contact: WPHA Office

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Save the Date for November 1st at the UWL Student Union in Room 3310. Join WPHA afterwards for social hour to be determined. All are welcome!

  • Presenter: Brenda Rooney, Gundersen Health System- Moving Upstream: Variability of Obesity and Tobacco Use Across Census Tracks in Western Wisconsin

In terms of parking, the Union is very close to UWL's parking ramp.  The charge is typically $1 per hour and there are electronic pay stations in the ramp.

This Regional Meeting has been approved for 1.0 CECH for CHES/MCHES credits. There will be a sign in at the Regional Meeting - please bring a check written out to UW-La Crosse for $15.00.


Moving Upstream: Variability of Obesity and Tobacco Use Across Census Tracts in Western Wisconsin

Brenda Rooney, PhD, MPH, Epidemiologist, Gundersen Health System


Public Health has undergone many paradigm shifts over the past 100 or more years. One more-recent shift is to begin to examine how the environment in which we live, work and play directly influences our health, or indirectly influences the choices we make every day. Part of this involves looking more closely at social and economic data, or “social determinants” of health and how these vary across the population. By examining the variability of obesity and tobacco use by smaller units of geography – like census tracts - we can begin to understand how these risk factors may be related to social determinants and look for creative and new ways to intervene.

Dr. Rooney will examine how rates of obesity and tobacco use vary at the county and census tract level for patients from Gundersen Health System. She will share analysis of how they are related to social and economic variables at this smaller unit. This will lead to a discussion on possible interventions at the neighborhood level.


Learning Objectives:

1.       To understand the variability of several social and economic variables across the Coulee Region and how this variability may be related to tobacco use and obesity.

2.       To understand how exploration of the relationship of these risk factors to social and economic variables may help public health practitioners think differently and create new partnerships at the neighborhood level.

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