Badger Café: Our Aging Population: Building a Culture of Health

February 8 - 5:30PM - 7:30PM
CASE, Multipurpose Room, 1307 New York Avenue NW, Suite 1000, Washington, DC

Badger Café takes top UW experts around the world for timely talks on a variety of topics. Join Dr. Linda Scott, the new dean of the University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Nursing, and Pat Polansky, codirector of the Center to Champion Nursing in America, a joint initiative of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and AARP, as they discuss how the approach to health and wellness care will need to adapt to our aging population. Don’t miss this poignant conversation and your chance to meet the new dean.


5:30 p.m. Welcome and registration
6–7 p.m. Program
7:30 p.m. Event concludes

Refreshments will be served.

This free event is open to all, but registration is required!

Questions? Contact Ericka Balgord at 608-308-5344.

The UW–Madison School of Nursing, the Wisconsin Alumni Association® (WAA), and the WAA: Washington, DC Chapter are proudly hosting this event.

About Dean Linda Scott

Dr. Scott is the eighth dean of the University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Nursing. Before coming to the UW, she was the associate dean for academic affairs for the School of Nursing at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Scott has also served as an associate professor of health systems science and UI–Chicago’s director of graduate studies, PhD studies, and urban health. Her program of research focuses on the impact of fatigue and sleep deprivation on nurses and their patients. Dr. Scott is a board member and fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, a board member of the International Network for Doctoral Education in Nursing, and a member of numerous professional organizations, including the American Nurses Association and the Sleep Research Society.

About Pat Polansky

Pat Polansky is codirector of the Center to Champion Nursing in America, an initiative of AARP, the AARP Foundation, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. She directs education, leadership, and communications and outreach strategies for the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, an effort to transform health care through nursing. Polansky served as assistant commissioner for the Division of Aging and Community Services (DACS) in the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services, where she oversaw programs that increase access to services for the state’s 1.5 million older adults, improve their well-being, and allow them to live independently in their communities. She oversaw 12 federal grants and led New Jersey’s efforts toward long-term care reform. Before joining DACS, Polansky was executive director of the New Jersey Board of Nursing, was cofounder of a healthcare consulting firm, and worked in hospital executive management roles for more than 20 years. She also held nursing positions at both the staff and supervisory levels and is a registered nurse in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

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