Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

News: MacRitchie

What do broadband access, green spaces, and stable housing have in common? They all influence a person’s health. Together, they have a greater impact on health than medical care or health behaviors such as going to the gym. The La Follette School convened legislators and staff to discuss how these social, economic, and physical environment factors—often called social determinants of health—affect Wisconsin families’ health.

More than 150 people celebrated the start of another academic year at the La Follette School’s annual Hill Fest picnic September 3. Director and Professor Susan Webb Yackee welcomed everyone, including 52 incoming graduate students.

The La Follette School welcomed Bonnie MacRitchie as a senior outreach specialist in late August. MacRitchie will help develop and implement the School’s outreach activities and events for policymakers, partners, and the public. Her projects include the Family Impact Seminars, Committee Connect, conferences, and symposia.