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Legislative summit set for Saturday

September 14, 2012
By ADELLE WHITEFOOT - Journal Staff Writer ( , The Mining Journal

MARQUETTE - The U.P. Episcopal and Lutheran faith communities are hosing a bi-annual legislative summit called "Finding Our Voice" on Saturday.

The event is designed to highlight health care issues faced by people who live in the U.P. Designed for people who are interested in social justice issues, it will feature two keynote speakers: Rob Collier, president of the Council of Michigan Foundations; and Dr. Tom Noren, chief medical officer of Marquette General Health System. State Rep. Ed McBroom, R-Vulcan, is also scheduled to attend the event to hear about the issues.

Four issues will be discussed in break-out sessions during the event. Break-out sessions are slated for health care reform and what it means in the U.P.; oral health care for all; creating a continuum of support for the elderly; and investing in youth through lifelong learning, ages 3-20.

Content experts Steve Peffers, Dr. Kevin Piggott, Dr. Larry Skendzel and Dr. James Hayward will be available in the break-out sessions to answer questions and help move the discussion forward.

The legislative summit will be held at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Marquette from 10 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. To participate in the event, contact Jane Cisluysis at 906-228-7160 or by email at

Adelle Whitefoot can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 243.



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