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  • 9 Nov 2023 9:19 AM | Maggie Gruennert (Administrator)

    APA/APAF Fellowships provide psychiatry residents with the experiential learning, training and professional development they need to be leaders in the field of psychiatry.

    In addition, APA/APAF Fellows get exclusive opportunities to be a part of APA leadership councils and network with APA members from around the country.

    Applications are now open, the deadline to apply is March 15, 2024

    Learn more & view open opportunities here

  • 10 Oct 2023 9:59 AM | Maggie Gruennert (Administrator)

    Analytic Candidate Sees Changes Afoot in Psychoanalysis

    Dr. Himanshu Agrawal, A psychoanalyst in training, is adamant that the cost of psychoanalytic treatment and training is a threat to the profession. Read more here. (featured on pages 9 & 12)

  • 29 Aug 2023 9:44 AM | Maggie Gruennert (Administrator)

    Congratulations to WPA Member, Steven Moffic, MD on receiving the Abraham Halpern Humanitarian Award from the American Association for Social Psychiatry, to be presented at the annual APA meeting next May in New York.  

    The Abraham L. Halpern Humanitarian Award is bestowed by the American Association for Social Psychiatry for extraordinary achievement in advancing human rights. Recipients have championed causes of importance directly or even indirectly to the best practice of psychiatric medicine. Advances in ethics and professionalism, medical education, civic action, reform of legal jurisprudence, significant advances in medical practice and/or treatment, leadership taken at a political, societal or cultural level – anywhere that one person’s efforts have made all the difference in the world and thereby contributed to improved mental health care and psychological wellness.

  • 14 Jun 2023 8:43 AM | Maggie Gruennert (Administrator)

    Wisconsin Health News; June 13, 2023

    Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., introduced legislation last week that would require federal surveys to collect information about sexual orientation and gender identity.

    Baldwin said the measure could prove critical in closing mental healthcare access gaps facing LGBTQ+ populations, who have disproportionate rates of self-harm and suicide. 

    “It’s hard to claim with great reliability how much greater risk gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender children and adults are at risk for suicide,” she said at Politico’s healthcare summit last week. “It is really important that we get that data because it helps us make our arguments for greater resources and greater services.”

    Baldwin touched on other healthcare topics at the summit too. While pleased the U.S. didn’t default thanks to a deal raising the debt-ceiling, she is concerned about its spending constraints. The new law provides “arguably level funding” for the next two years, and costs are set to rise, Baldwin noted. 

    “We are experiencing, as a nation, a mental health crisis,” she said. “Whether it's our ability to close healthcare disparities or fund basic research in cancer and Alzheimer's, I’m concerned about how we are going to rise to the challenges."

    She noted lawmakers are discussing supplemental funding.

    Baldwin also said filibuster reform is a “near-term goal,” saying legislation that would guarantee access to abortion would pass if it didn’t need to clear a 60-vote threshold. 

    “We have half the nation with fewer rights than their parents and grandparents had,” she said. “We have to have the goal of having sufficient votes in the United States Senate to reform the filibuster, followed on by passing this legislation.”

  • 16 May 2023 1:23 PM | Maggie Gruennert (Administrator)

    Wisconsin Psychiatric Association President Dr. Tony Thrasher discusses the state's growing rate of suicides and a bill to fund training for staff at gun shops and ranges to recognize risk signs.

    Watch the full interview here!

  • 15 May 2023 8:30 AM | Maggie Gruennert (Administrator)

    WPA joins organizations representing mental health advocates, county human service agencies and providers across Wisconsin’s 72 counties in a sign on letter urging the Joint Finance Committee to fully fund the proposal in the 2023-25 budget bill.  WPA along with these organizations are committed to strengthening mental health and substance use services for children and adults throughout Wisconsin.

    Read the full letter here. 

  • 19 Apr 2023 11:34 AM | Maggie Gruennert (Administrator)

    WPA and more than 400 other national, state, and local medical, public health, and research organizations sing on urging Congress to support funding for gun violence prevention research. The letter urges support providing $35 million for the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), $25 million for the National Institute of Health (NIH), and $1 million for the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) for firearm morbidity and mortality prevention research as part of FY 2024 appropriations. This research is critical for developing a comprehensive, evidence-based approach to reducing firearm-related violence, including suicides, violent crime, and accidental shootings.

    Read the full letter here.

  • 24 Mar 2023 3:35 PM | Maggie Gruennert (Administrator)

    Congratulations to WPA's own Dr. Laurel Bessey! The highly competitive and prestigious Viste Award was established in 2006 in memory of Dr. Viste, a compassionate and passionate physician leader who exemplified commitment to patients, community and the profession of medicine. Nominations for this award must come from physician peers and the recipient must demonstrate activities and values that promote Dr. Viste’s exceptional legacy.

    Dr. Bessey, a psychiatrist with UW Health Wisconsin Psychiatric Institute and Clinic and the Associate Program Director for Psychiatry Residency, received multiple nominations highlighting her advocacy and leadership at the local, state and national level. The Foundation Board felt strongly that she was an outstanding physician to carry on Dr. Viste’s legacy and join the other notable recipients of this award.

  • 24 Mar 2023 3:32 PM | Maggie Gruennert (Administrator)

    WPA, along with other organizations representing thousands of WI physicians urge legislators not to cosponsor LBR 0589 - APRN Legislation as drafted.

    Read full memo here.

  • 24 Mar 2023 3:32 PM | Maggie Gruennert (Administrator)

    The WPA held the 2023 Annual Conference at the Edgewater Hotel, March 9-11. The conference theme "Bio-Psychosocial Formulations in a World Gone Wild: What Really is the “Social”. Topics included violence, advocacy, climate change, social determinates of health, burnout & wellbeing, health justice, ethics and more! The Annual Resident Vignette competition was held and residents from each Wisconsin residency program presented unique cases to take home the "Siggy" Award. Dr. Charlie Jaschek from University of Wisconsin took home the "Siggy" Award! The conference included a poster session featuring five posters. The Annual Membership Meeting celebrated WPA's accomplishments for the year, approved the slate of candidates for the 2023-2025 Executive Council and honored Dr. Angela Janis for her service as President of the WPA from 2021-2023. Thank you to all of our presenters, attendees and exhibitors who were able to join us!

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