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Local and National experts to address the connection between 
the business community and child health

The Economics of Child Health Summit, an event focusing on the connection between Milwaukee-area businesses and child health, will take place Tuesday, November 1, 2011 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee.

The goal of this Summit is to help business leaders in the Milwaukee area understand the importance of investments in child and family health as well as provide them with tools and strategies to improve both community health as well as their bottom line.  The event is made possible by a grant from the Jane Bradley Pettit Foundation and is supported by Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.

Business owners understand that nurturing their employees’ family health is the right thing to do, but they don’t always understand that by doing so they will be running a more efficient, profitable company,” says Dr. Veronica Gunn, MS, MPH, FAAP, Medical Director, Community Services at Children’s Hospital and Health Systems and summit coordinator.  “Sick children impact employers’ health insurance costs, employees are distracted and less productive at work when their children are sick, and today’s children are their future workforce.  These are all financially sound reasons to keep the community’s children healthy.”

Leaders in the medical and business fields will be speaking at the Summit, both to explain the importance of child and family health, and to provide attendees with strategies and tools to improve child and family health while improving or increasing business.

Leading the Summit are:

Local Speakers

Mary Isbister, president of GenMet in Mequon.  Ms. Isbister will discuss business’ role and the ROI of early childhood investments for businesses

Dr. Raymond Zastrow, MD, FAAFP, QuadMed.  Mr. Zastrow will focus on workplace and family wellness.

Gregory Thornton, Ed.D., Superintendent of Milwaukee Public Schools.  Mr. Thornton will be the Summit’s closing keynote speaker.

National Experts:

David Erickson, Ph.D., editor of the Community Development Investment Review, and manager of the Center for Community Development Investments at the Federal Reserve Bank in San Francisco.  Mr. Erickson is the Summit’s keynote speaker.

Dr. Robert Anda, MD, MS, Co-Principal Investigator of Adverse Childhood Experiences Study (ACE).  Dr. Anda will address the long-term consequences of adverse childhood health experiences.

Moderator – Thelma Sias, Vice President, Local Affairs, We Energies. 

For more information about this Summit and how to register, please visit  The Economics of Child Health Summit has been made possible through the generosity of the Jane Bradley Pettit Foundation.

About the Jane Bradley Pettit Foundation

The Jane Bradley Pettit Foundation has supported initiatives that enhance the quality of life in the Greater Milwaukee community. The Foundation’s most visible gifts have been the Bradley Center Sports and Entertainment complex, the Lynde and Harry Bradley Technology and Trade School, the Milwaukee Art Museum and the Pettit National Ice Center; however, the Foundation’s support has reached almost every institution – large and small – in this community with significant direct support to people, programs and policy. For more information, visit

About Children’s Hospital and Health System
Children’s Hospital and Health System is the region’s only independent health care system dedicated solely to the health and well-being of children. Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, the health system’s flagship member, is recognized as one of the leading pediatric health care centers in the United States, named one of America’s Best Children’s Hospitals by U.S.News & World Report. Other health system entities include Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin-Fox Valley, Children’s Hospital and Health System Foundation, Children’s Medical Group, Children’s Physician Group, Children’s Specialty Group, Children’s Service Society of Wisconsin, Children’s Health Education Center, Children’s Research Institute and Children’s Community Health Plan. In 2010, the health system invested more than $105 million back into the community to improve the health status of children through medical care, advocacy, education and pediatric medical research. For more information visit the website at

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