Last updated on July 2nd, 2019 at 09:55 am
Documentary film star, education reformist to visit Milwaukee
The star of the Sundance Film Festival success, Waiting for Superman, Geoffrey Canada will appear in Milwaukee on Friday, Oct. 22 as the closing keynote speaker for the 2010 Alliance for Children and Families National Conference at the Hyatt Regency Milwaukee, from 11 to 12:30 p.m.
Canada was named one of America’s Best Leaders by U.S. News and World Report for his conception and implementation of the Harlem Children’s Zone. Waiting for Superman examines how the American public education system is failing our nation’s children. The documentary was highlighted at the Milwaukee Film Festival earlier this month.
Canada will share models for reform that combine educational, social, and medical services that impact children from birth to college. He will also discuss the trend toward service integration and the impact his models for reform have had on child welfare.
Canada’s keynote presentation is open to the public. Tickets are $50 per person and can be reserved at www.nc10.allianceinfo.org.
The Harlem Children’s Zone, led by Canada, is a 97-block residential educational system, and has been named by President Obama as an “all encompassing, all-hands-on-deck antipoverty effort that is literally saving a generation of children.” The Obama administration is currently proposing to replicate the model in twenty cities across the country, naming each zone a Promise Neighborhood. Canada has become nationally recognized for his advocacy to reform urban education, inner-city poverty and the achievement gap among underprivileged children.
Harley-Davidson Museum honors area firefighters
Throughout the month of October, the Harley-Davidson Museum will honor firefighters in the community by featuring special displays surrounding firefighters, fire safety and by offering half price admission for firefighters.
Beginning on October 1, a special display of fighter bikes, photos and other artifacts will adorn the Museum lobby and special programming will be held on Sunday. Area firefighters will lead story time and interactive on-site demonstrations of fire equipment will also be featured every Sunday from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Demonstrations will include showing how the Fire Boat, Dive Rescue, Heavy Urban rescue, Ladder 2, hazmat and Engine #1 are used during a rescue.
All fulltime and volunteer firefighters will receive half price admission throughout the month of October as well.
On Sunday, Oct. 17 the Harley-Davidson Museum will host the Firehouse BBQ Cook at Motor restaurant from 1 to 4 p.m. Southeastern Wisconsin firehouses will create a dish using ingredients given to them in a mystery box. Guests can purchase tickets to sample and vote on the entries and the winning firehouse recipe will be featured on the Motor menu.
Nominate your Health Care Heroes
Do you know someone who is making a positive difference on the front lines of health care? BizTimes Milwaukee is accepting nominations for the 2010 Health Care Heroes Awards, honoring companies, individuals and organizations for their contributions to improving health care in southeastern Wisconsin.
Health Care Heroes Awards honor those who epitomize the spirit embodied in the word "hero" in the delivery of health care to the community. The goals of the program are to recognize excellence, promote innovation, encourage emulation of successful programs, educate the general public, contribute to the enhancement of the value and quality of health care and, ultimately, give recognition to those deserving.
Entries will be judged on accomplishments in the following categories:
- Corporate Achievement in Health Care – Honors a company that has successfully implemented an innovative health benefits plan or a company that has solved an acknowledged problem in health care administration. Judges will consider the uniqueness of a benefits plan, its popularity among enrollees, its cost-effectiveness, the complexity of the problem solved and the effectiveness of the solution or solutions.
- Advancements in Health Care – Honors a company, organization or individual primarily responsible for a scientific discovery or for development of a new procedure, device or service that can save lives or improve quality of life. Judges will consider the potential impact of the innovation.
- Community Service – Honors an individual or organization for leadership in focusing on solving a particular health care issue.
- Physician – Honors a physician whose performance on the job is considered exemplary by patients and peers. Judges will consider evidence of positive clinical outcomes, patient satisfaction and testimonials from peers and administrators.
- Nurse – Honors an individual from the nursing field whose performance on the job is considered exemplary by patients, peers and physicians.
- Elder Care – Honors a medical professional who provides health services for the elderly. This individual demonstrates leadership and expertise not only in their day-to-day medical care but also demonstrates compassion and acts as an advocate for the patient. This category includes individuals who are licensed health professionals employed with in-home care service providers, elder care service providers and hospices.
- Health Care Staff – Honors an individual who works in the health care field and is committed to providing quality comfort and care. Winners could include therapists, technical support staff, specialists, certified nursing assistants, activity assistants, caregivers, etc.
- Volunteer – Honors an individual who has done volunteer work for the good of one or more people or the entire community. Involvement can be past and/or present.
Nominees must perform their service in Milwaukee, Waukesha, Kenosha, Racine, Walworth, Ozaukee, Washington or Sheboygan counties.
Recipients of the Health Care Heroes Awards will be profiled in a special section of an upcoming issue of BizTimes Milwaukee and will be honored at a breakfast on Thursday, Dec. 9, at Boerner Botanical Gardens in Franklin.
To nominate a person or an organization for a Health Care Heroes Award, visit www.biztimes.com/hero.