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WPA President's Message, January 2020

Friday, January 24, 2020  
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John Schneider, MD, FAPA

Happy New Year.  In addition to the transit of the occidental calendar, the Year of the Rat, Chinese New Year begins on January 25, 2020.  The Rat is the first of all zodiac animals, associated with the earthly branch, midnight hours and is yang, representing the beginning of a new day.

Despite the chaos of the world now, we do stand on the precipice of a new day.  To guide psychiatry and the care of our patients forward, we need to embrace the core skills of advocacy and engagement.  In that respect, there is still time to sign up for Doctor Day.  You can learn to make a difference in the legislative process and how to make your voice be heard.  New this year, there will be a complimentary WPA/Psychiatry Dinner and get-together in Madison on the night prior, Tuesday, January 28, 2020, from 7:00-9:00 pm at The Coopers Tavern. RSVP here.

For Doctor Day proper, we will meet at the Monona Terrace Convention Center on Wednesday, January 29.  This year’s event will include morning policy breakout sessions along with several keynote presentations and a brief on the priority issues for the day.  After lunch we will meet at the State Capitol for a group picture before we tour and visit with our legislators and their staff

Please also note, in coming attractions our WPA 2020 Annual Conference, Autism Spectrum Disorder Across the Lifespan, please plan on joining us on March 5-7, 2020 at The Edgewater, Madison, WI.  From a review of the program and the execution by the program chairs, I’m anticipating this will be an educational and rewarding conference.

Finally, as we are about to enter a new election cycle for state offices in Wisconsin, please seriously consider a donation to the WPA Political Action Committee (PAC).  Through our PAC, we have a unified voice for Wisconsin psychiatrists to work in supporting policies and public officials who understand mental health issues and appreciate the important role of psychiatry in today's health care market.  WPA supports candidates with a stated or demonstrated positions on mental health issues, service on relevant legislative committees, leadership positions in the state legislature or other governmental offices, support from other medical specialties and other factors.