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New Chapters in Community Health

New Chapters in Community HealthMadison Public Library, The Wisconsin Book Festival and the All of Us Research Program at UW-Madison are joining forces to present a virtual author event series focused on a range of community health issues. 

The series, titled New Chapters in Community Health: Healthier Communities for All of Us, will include four author events featuring compelling stories and engaging discussion about important health issues. The events, which are free and open to the public, will especially focus on issues impacting those who are often underrepresented in health research, such as Black, Latinx, 65+ and rural communities. As part of the partnership, copies of each book will be distributed for free to the first 100 attendees who sign up. During the event, there will be a link at the bottom of the screen, fill out the form, and a book will be sent to you.

Author Events:

  • All of Us book event authorsThe Hospital by Brian Alexander | March 30, 7 pm
    • The Hospital: Life, Death, and Dollars in a Small American Town examines a small-town, rural hospital’s struggle for survival, as well as the patients who utilize its services. 
  • Like a Mother by Angela Garbes | April 27, 7 pm
    • In Like A Mother: A Feminist Journey through the Science and Culture of Pregnancy, Garbes provides a rigorously researched and compelling look at the physiology, biology, and psychology of pregnancy and motherhood, informed by in-depth reportage and personal experience. 
  • The Problem of Alzheimer's by Jason Karlawish | May 24, 7 pm
    • Rich in science, history, and characters, The Problem of Alzheimer's takes us inside laboratories, patients' homes, caregivers’ support groups, progressive care communities, and Jason Karlawish's own practice at the Penn Memory Center to examine Alzheimer's journey from its beginnings to its recognition as a crisis. 
  • The Beauty in Breaking by Michele Harper | July 20, 7 pm
    • The Beauty in the Breaking is the autobiographical story of Michele Harper, a female, African American emergency room physician who explores how a life of service to others taught her how to heal herself.

Accompanying Events:

Madison Public Library’s Community Engagement team will offer additional virtual programming pulling in health experts, business owners and other key community leaders to continue the discussion and expand on other health-related topics. 

  • BIPOC Genealogy 101--Back by Popular Demand! | June 14, 6-8 pm (registration open now!)

    • Love watching "Finding Your Roots" but not sure where to start on your own ancestry research? Presenter Marcus Simmons will give you the foundation you need to start looking, from practical tips for exploring resources like and Ancestry Library, to the ethical and emotional questions you'll want to consider about what you find. Centering the experience of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, this virtual session will concentrate on searching U.S records, but best practices covered will also be applicable to international and adoptee-related records. 

  • Take Pride in Your Care | June 24, 6-7 pm (registration open now!)

    • Join Jacqueline Boyd, founder of The Care Plan and featured guests from OutReach LGBTQ+ Community Center to hear how members of the LGBTQ+ community can advocate for their best (health)care experience! We'll talk about the importance of chosen family within the LGBTQ+ community, some challenges people who identify as LGBTQ+ can face when seeking healthcare, and share tips and advice for finding the right provider for your needs. Whether you are a caregiver or seeking care for yourself, you'll learn advocacy in a medical setting, and learn more about inclusive local resources for health and wellness. 

About the All of Us Research Program at UW-Madison
The University of Wisconsin-Madison is actively engaged in recruiting and enrolling participants in the All of Us Research Program, an historic health research effort. The mission of the All of Us program is to accelerate health research and medical breakthroughs, enabling individualized prevention, treatment and care for all of us. The program seeks one million or more people across the United States to build the most diverse biomedical data resource of its kind, to help researchers gain better insights into the biological, environmental and behavioral factors that influence health. For more information or to participate, please visit, AllofusBadgers on Facebook, or @allofusbadgers on Twitter and Instagram