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Rogers experts address back-to-school anxiety, veterans’ mental health, more in August

09/20/21 02:15:pm

Every month, Rogers psychologists, psychiatrists, and other staff members share their perspectives in the community by participating in media interviews, webinars, Facebook Lives, and other presentations. Here is what they spoke on in August:

Back-to-school tips

The start of the school year can cause anxiety and stress under normal circumstances, but it is especially challenging for kids and parents as the pandemic carries on. David Jacobi, PhD, clinical director of Sheboygan, and Amy Kuechler, PsyD, child and adolescent psychologist in Brown Deer, shared how to help children feel safe and prepared with morning show viewers of WDJT-TV (CBS 58, Milwaukee) and WITI-TV (FOX 6), respectively.

Matthew Kleban, MD, medical director of child and adolescent inpatient care in West Allis, also was interviewed for the evening edition of WDJT-TV (CBS 58, Milwaukee), and Amanda Heins, PsyD, a psychologist in Oconomowoc, participated in a Rogers’ Facebook Live.

The Ladish Co. Foundation Center opening

Pat Hammer, president and CEO; Kelly Piacsek, PhD, vice president of the Rogers Research Center; Matthias Schueth, executive vice president, Rogers Behavioral Health Foundation; and chaplain Michael Witte were among the speakers at the grand opening held on August 11. The opening was covered by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, BizTimes Milwaukee, and the Oconomowoc Enterprise.

Topics in the news

Mental health struggles remain prevalent as the pandemic drags on and new mask mandates were implemented or encouraged. Jerry Halverson, MD, chief medical officer, spoke to WDJT-TV (CBS 58, Milwaukee), saying, “It’s certainly very understandable for people to be dealing with these types of issues and help is out there.”

Many veterans experienced mental health struggles as they watched the fall of Afghanistan to the Taliban. Rae Anne Ho Fung, PhD, clinical supervisor in Brown Deer and West Allis, provided insight for WDJT-TV (CBS 58, Milwaukee) as did Josh Nadeau, PhD, senior clinical director in Tampa, for WITI-TV (FOX 6, Milwaukee).

Dr. Halverson also offered perspective on schizophrenia to WTMJ-TV (NBC 4, Milwaukee) following an altercation between police and a suspect. “I think it’s really important to have our public safety officials familiar with interacting with people with mental illness,” he said.

Additionally, Rogers experts recently discussed the following:

Dr. Halverson was one of a select group of local healthcare leaders who participated in a panel discussion with the Milwaukee Business Journal on telehealth. He discussed telehealth’s benefits and challenges and the continued need for accessible, high-quality care.

Ahead of WTMJ Radio’s (620 AM, Milwaukee) inaugural golf outing that raised nearly $5,000 for the Rogers Behavioral Health Foundation, Dr. Jacobi spoke with the station about Rogers’ levels of care and the new Sheboygan site. 

Martin Franklin, PhD, clinical director of Philadelphia, and Rachel Leonard, PhD, executive director of clinical services for the Regional Division, presented a CE program on “Examining co-occurring OCD and depression: Research and clinical strategies.”

Please contact Hilary.Dickinson@rogersbh.org if you have an upcoming speaking opportunity you would like included in Insight.

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