MON AM News: U.S. Supreme Court abortion decision complicates OB-GYN field, expert says; Evers touting tourism growth figures

— The dean of the UW School of Medicine and Public Health says the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent abortion decision is “threatening to undo all the progress that we’ve made” in expanding OB-GYN residency training. 

Dr. Robert Golden, also the vice chancellor for medical affairs at UW-Madison, said the state’s obstetrics and gynecology rural residency training track has been “a wonderful way to attract bright young physicians” into the field that’s focused on women’s reproductive health. 

Speaking during a recent Competitive Wisconsin event held at Western Technical College in Mauston, Golden said some of the program’s top students interested in OB-GYN had been hoping to complete residencies in Wisconsin. 

“Quite frankly, they’re seriously reconsidering that and looking at competitive programs in Illinois and in California because of the Dobbs decision,” referring to the U.S. Supreme Court this summer ruling the right to abortion is not guaranteed.

That’s of particular concern, he explained, because dozens of counties in Wisconsin don’t have any OB-GYN doctors. 

“We also are struggling in recruiting across the full continuum, not just with nurses and doctors, but with other vital members of the health care family, because they aren’t so sure they want to  move into a state that is among the most polarized politically and where women’s health is really endangered,” he said.

Beyond recruitment and training for health care workers, the court’s decision is also raising troubling questions for existing practitioners, Golden said. He said he’s heard from gynecological oncologists who are worried about “moral and legal dilemmas” arising from diagnosing aggressive cancers in women who are also pregnant. 

“What are the safeguards for providing the kind of quality care and safe care that they need?” he said. 

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— State officials have announced $12 million in ARPA funding for efforts to improve home- and community-based services for elderly people and those with disabilities.

And the seven-day average for new COVID-19 cases has seen little movement in recent weeks, according to the latest figures from DHS. 

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— Gov. Tony Evers is touting new tourism figures showing visitor spending in September was 5.9 percent higher than in September 2019. 

According to the guv’s office, that’s the largest percentage increase over 2019 figures for any month since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. The announcement references preliminary figures from the U.S. Travel Association and Tourism Economics. 

State Tourism Secretary-designee Anne Sayers notes “there’s no better benchmark to beat than the record-setting 2019,” when the state saw $22.2 billion in economic impact from tourism. By comparison, the figure was $20.9 billion in 2021, marking a 21 percent increase from 2020 when tourism took a significant hit due to the pandemic. 

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— DATCP says more cases of the deadly strain of avian flu have been identified in backyard flocks in Marathon and Waukesha counties. 

The agency has found highly pathogenic avian influenza in domestic birds in 18 Wisconsin counties so far this year, according to a release. DATCP is continuing to recommend bird owners practice biosecurity measures such as disinfecting equipment and isolating new birds from existing flocks for at least 30 days. 

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— The Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation is now accepting grant applications for research projects with commercial potential. 

According to a release, one of the two Accelerator Challenge Grants focuses on technologies and applications that promote mental health or wellness, or detect, prevent or treat mental health disorders. The other focuses on technologies for processing and handling large amounts of data. WARF will award three or four grants from a $100,000 pool for each challenge.

“We’re excited to support a new generation of technologies focused on our emotional, psychological and social well-being, as well as technologies that help turn data into actionable information,” WARF CEO Erik Iverson said in a statement. “We look forward to seeing how UW-Madison researchers take on these challenges.”

Applying project teams must include a principal investigator at UW-Madison or the Morgridge Institute for Research in Madison. Applications are due Dec. 15. 

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— Dozens of startup founders are slated to present at the upcoming Early Stage Symposium, being held this week at the Monona Terrace in Madison. 

The Wisconsin Technology Council says 24 companies have been chosen to make presentations as part of the Tech Council Investor Networks track on Wednesday, while 15 others were selected for the more fast-paced Elevator Pitch Olympics on Thursday. 

The keynote speaker for this year’s conference is Bobby Franklin, president and chief executive officer of the National Venture Capital Association. 

The two-day event will also feature the “Excellence in Entrepreneurial Education” award being presented to gener8tor co-founders Joe Kirgues and Troy Vosseler, as well as a number of panels and other speakers. 

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