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'2018 Trauma In Our Community' Conference To Focus On Causes & Solutions

Jason Rieve
Tom Luljak and guests

For people under the age of 46, the most likely cause of death is trauma. In addition to the tremendous personal loss that results from trauma, the financial costs to society are staggering. Nearly three-quarters of a trillion dollars is lost each year because of the health care costs and lost productivity.

On June 20, UW-Milwaukee is sponsoring a conference that will focus on the causes and solutions to the problems that result from traumatic experiences.

On this edition of UWM Today, we meet two of the people responsible for this important gathering - Joshua Mersky and Dimitri Topitzes. They are the co-directors of the Institute for Child & Family Well-Being at UWM.

Mersky and Topitzes are both associate professors of social work in the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare.

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Tom Luljak is the vice chancellor of University Relations and Communications at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. In addition to directing the university's communication programs, Luljak serves as an associate lecturer in UWM's Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, teaching courses in corporate communications and sports marketing.