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Book Chat: The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down (Tuesday, April 4, 1:15 – 2:15 pm)

This session has reached its maximum attendance and is now closed. To be added to a waiting list, please contact Kari LaScala at kari@wisconsinliteracy.org.

The first 25 conference guests to sign up will join a session to discuss Keynote Speaker Anne Fadiman’s book, The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors and the Collision of Two Cultures.

The book, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, traced the dramatic conflicts that arose between a refugee family from Laos and their American doctors over the care of their seriously ill child. Spirit is frequently chosen by colleges, libraries, and communities for First Year Experience and All Read programs. The book continues to be taught at universities both as literary journalism and as a casebook for cross-cultural sensitivity in general; it is also widely read by medical practitioners who wish to offer more effective care to patients from other cultures. Note: Anne Fadiman has agreed to participate in this session if her travel schedule allows; however, we will not know much ahead of time. Please express your interest in attending without regard to her involvement.  

Sign up early. This session will be closed when the maximum 25 has been reached. Please indicate your choice for an alternative breakout session in case the Book Chat has reached its maximum prior to receiving your registration. To be considered for this session, show your interest in the appropriate question on the registration form.  We will let you know if you have been accepted.

Up Close with Dr. Winston Wong (Wednesday, April 5, 10:55 – 11:45 a.m.)
Winston F. Wong, MD, MS, FAAFP; Medical Director, Community Benefit, Kaiser Permanente, San Francisco, CA

The first 25 conference guests to sign up will join Dr. Wong in this session.

The son of Chinese immigrants, Dr. Wong has worked tirelessly to reduce health disparities for underserved populations and has extensively advocated on behalf of the uninsured and underinsured. He has extensive experience in developing partnerships with communities and organizations in advancing population health management and evidence based medicine. Most of the time in this session will be spent in dialogue with participants, talking about questions and issues YOU raise. If you are selected for the session, you will be invited to submit questions and ideas for discussion before the session, as well as bring your thoughts that day. 

Sign up early! This session will be closed when the maximum 25 has been reached. Please indicate your choice for an alternative breakout session in case Up Close has reached its maximum prior to receiving your registration.  Sign up in separate section on the Registration form.

The Lunch Bunch: Colleagues Networking and Luncheon Panel
Join us for lunch Tuesday and spend time with people doing work like yours.  Find your colleagues in nursing, public health or other fields at tables reserved for these health literacy stakeholder groups:

  • Hospital
  • Ambulatory Care
  • Pharmacy
  • Health Insurance
  • Public Health
  • Adult & Family Literacy
  • Research/University
  • Health Literacy

Enjoy the beautiful view from the Community Terrace while sharing notes with old and new friends in your field.  

After lunch networking, listen to an inspiring panel of patients and interpreters sharing their insights on how to improve the health care experience for those primarily speaking another language.