WAI’s Regional Milwaukee Office featured on WTMJ-TV

The work of the Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Institute Regional Milwaukee Office is featured in a segment on television station WTMJ-TV Milwaukee. Gina Green-Harris, MBA, director of WAI Regional Milwaukee Office, is interviewed in the segment. Green-Harris describes how the office opened in 2008 with a goal of increasing awareness, education about Alzheimer’s disease and particularly its impact on communities of color.

“There are many facets of how this disease impacts the individual but the effect on the family and the community is always traumatic, which is why it is so important that we understand this issue. It’s something that we can no longer hide. We have to own it and know that there are things that we can do,” Green-Harris said.

The interview was held in advance of a Minority Health Month event hosted by the WAI Regional Milwaukee Office on April 21, 2023. The 9th annual Breaking the Silence: Addressing Dementia in Communities of Color event was held April 21, 2023 and included a performance by The Amazing Grace Chorus, speakers discussing care and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, the history of the WAI Regional Milwaukee Office and its role in the local community, and an important talk by former Green Bay Packer Antonio Freeman.

The WTMJ-TV segment also included an interview with Therese Barry-Tanner, the producer of an independent documentary about Alzheimer’s disease called Determined. Barry-Tanner worked for more than ten years on a documentary showing the importance and impact of Alzheimer’s disease research, including in-depth coverage of the Wisconsin Registry for Alzheimer’s Prevention (WRAP) study and its volunteer participants and the work of Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Institute researchers. Read more about the documentary on the WRAP website.

Hidden Gems: Meet the Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Institute” aired April 20, 2023 on WTMJ-TV Milwaukee.

Read about the film Determined on its website