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Community Forum Series
The WRVO Community Forum series brings together experts to discuss timely topics of regional significance. We invite you to join us for these lively events as part of the audience. Opportunities for audience members to ask questions follow each forum presentation. These events are recorded for broadcast on WRVO radio and for download as podcasts for playback on any of your devices.
Upcoming Community Forum Events:
"The State of Mental Health Care in New York State"
St. Elizabeth's Medical Center
Sister Johanna and Rose Vincent Conference Rooms
3 p.m. - Tuesday, April 22
The forum will explore the current situation for mental health care particularly in upstate New York. What impact does the state government, federal programs like the Affordable Care Act, and non-profits have on mental health care in the community. We will discuss the needs and future of mental health care in the region – and how government funding and the social, demographic and economic situation are changing both.
Shawn Johnston, Licensed Master Social Worker, St. Elizabeth Medical Center
Linda Nelson, New York State Office of Mental Health Central New York Field Office Director
Matthew Shapiro, National Alliance On Mental Illness New York State
Catherine Loper, WRVO News Director will moderate.
This forum is sponsored by the Health Foundation for Western and Central New York.
Past Community Forum Events:
Health forum: "Health care for veterans & the military"
September, 2013, Jefferson Community College, Watertown, NY
Health forum: "How do changes in government funding of healthcare affect upstate New York?"
June, 2013, Lake Ontario Event and Conference Center, Oswego, NY
Living Longer, Living Better: Creating and Sustaining the Academic-Clinical-Business Partnerships that Drive Innovation for Aging in Place
October, 2012, IMPARA/Menorah Park, Dewitt, NY
What's Powering Your Computer Screen?
November, 2011, SUNY Oswego Metro Center, Syracuse
Culture Under Siege in Pakistan
October, 2011, City Hall Commons, Syracuse
The Green Economy
November, 2010, SUNY Oswego Metro Center, Syracuse
WRVO has also hosted community forums on public education funding, the science of hydrofracking, how veterans reintegrate into central New York, a debate between those running for mayor of Syracuse in 2009, higher education in the new economy, and federal stimulus in central New York. A list of panelists and more information on our archived community forum discussions is also available.