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Waukesha County Technical College to present ‘The Color of Care’ screening and panel discussion Oct. 18

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PEWAUKEE, Wis. (Monday, Oct. 10, 2022) – Waukesha County Technical College’s School of Health, along with  the Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility (IDEA) team, will host a special screening of "The Color of Care" documentary and panel discussion on Tuesday, Oct. 18. The event will be from 3 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. in the Richard T. Anderson Education Center at WCTC's main Pewaukee Campus.

“The Color of Care” chronicles how people of color suffer from systemically substandard healthcare. It traces the origins of racial health disparities to practices that began during slavery in the U.S. and continue today. Using personal testimony, expert interviews and disturbing data, the film reveals the impact of racism on health, serving as an urgent warning of what must be done to save lives. The film was produced by Harpo Productions from executive producers Oprah Winfrey, Terry Wood and Catherine Cyr, and directed by OSCAR®-nominated and Emmy® award-winning director Yance Ford, with producer Kate Bolger.

Local health experts and community leaders who will be participating in the panel include:

·       Lilliann M. Paine, MPH -- Public Health Strategist

·       Charlie Ann Rykwalder, MBA -- Associate Department Administrator, Business Operations -- Department of Pediatrics at the Medical College of Wisconsin

·       Dr. Kajua Lor, PharmD -- Founding Chair/Associate Professor, Medical College of Wisconsin School of Pharmacy

·       Caroline Gomez-Tom, MSW -- President of the City of Milwaukee Board of Health, and Enrollment Network and Accessibility Manager at Covering Wisconsin

·       Michael Gonzalez, Jr., MPH – Ph.D. Student, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

“‘The Color of Care’ documentary examines how healthcare disparities impact families during a public health crisis,” said WCTC Nursing instructor Amber Gonzalez Grant, RN, MSN, FNP. “In our panel discussion, we hope to bring awareness to the issue on a local level and learn how to address it.”

The event is free and open to all students, faculty, healthcare providers, nurses* and community members; registration is recommended:  

*WCTC is approved as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the Wisconsin Nurses Association (WNA), an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. This program awards two WNA nursing contact hours.

About Waukesha County Technical College

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