Community Engagement Conversations Part 2: 

Pursuing Justice in Public Health and Equity through Community Engagement

Thursday, March 4, 2021, 8:30-10:30am (CST)

Hosted by the Office of Economic Engagement in partnership with Beyond MU and the Institute for Women's Leadership

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Join panelists as they consider the broad and significant impacts that the pandemic has created, as well as exposed, across their various sectors. Learn about the approaches they are taking to respond to the public health crisis while advancing equity and justice through their efforts in community engagement. Whether addressing public health policies and procedures or leveraging more intentional and strategic programs to elevate opportunities through partnership, panelists will discuss the critical role that community engagement must play in current and future efforts to advance justice in public health and equity.

8:30 a.m.  Welcome and Land Acknowledgement - Dr. Dan Bergen, Grad '11, Executive Director, Community Engagement, Office of Economic Engagement

8:35 a.m.  Marquette University Trustee Remarks - Peggy Troy, Nurs ’74, President and Chief Executive Officer of Children's Wisconsin and member of the Marquette University Board of Trustees

8:40 a.m.  Remarks from Lead Sponsor, Ascension - Reggie Newson, Vice President of Government and Community Services and Chief Advocacy Officer, Ascension Wisconsin 

8:45 a.m.  Community Engaged Awards Presentation - Dr. Kimo Ah Yun, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs

9:00 a.m.  Examen - Rev. James Voiss, S.J., Vice President, Mission and Ministry

9:10 a.m.  Panel "Pursuing Justice in Public Health and Equity through Community Engagement" 

10:05 a.m.  Closing Prayer - Rev. James Voiss, S.J., Vice President, Mission and Ministry

10:10 a.m.  Closing Remarks - Dr. Dan Bergen, Executive Director, Community Engagement, Office of Economic Engagement

Panel Overview


Dora Clayton Jones

Dr. Dora Clayton-Jones, Grad ’99, Grad ’14, Assistant Professor, College of Nursing

Dr. Dora Clayton-Jones is an assistant professor at Marquette University in the College of Nursing and an adjunct faculty member for the Medical College of Wisconsin-Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute. She completed her PhD and MS degrees in nursing at Marquette University and earned her BSN from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Clayton-Jones is a community engaged scholar. The aim of her program of research is to advance health and health care equity for adolescents and young adults living with chronic illnesses. Using community based participatory research (CBPR) and qualitative research methods, she engages the community and recipients of interventions in developing, implementing, and evaluating interventions that optimize self-management behaviors. Dr. Clayton-Jones research interests include health equity, self-management of chronic conditions during adolescence and early adulthood, spirituality and health, transition to adult health care, community based participatory research, and qualitative research methods. Dr. Clayton-Jones is passionate about advocating for health equity. She teaches a course in the nursing PhD program, Health Equity and Disparity and integrates concepts of health equity in all courses she is assigned to teach. Dr. Clayton-Jones is president of the International Association of Sickle Cell Nurses and Professional Associates (IASCNAPA) and has been a member of IASCNAPA for 5 years. She serves as a national member of the American Society of Hematologists Sickle Cell Disease Coalition and serves on the Health Care Transition Committee. Dr. Clayton-Jones is a national member of the Sickle Cell Community Consortium and serves on the Legislative/Political Action Committee. In addition, Dr. Clayton-Jones is a Health Equity Leadership Scholar and an Arthur J. Schmitt Leadership Fellow. 


Agnes B

Agnes Berzsenyi, President & CEO, Women’s Health X-ray, GE Healthcare

Agnes Berzsenyi is the President and CEO, Women’s Health & X-ray, GE Healthcare. In this role, Agnes is responsible for driving the strategic and commercial direction for the Women’s Health & Xray portfolios, including mammography, bone densitometry, Xray and services. She is responsible for product innovation, commercial growth and customer collaboration to reshape the mammography experience for women all around the world with innovative products such as Senographe Pristina and Pristina Dueta, the industry’s first wireless remote that allows women to manage their own compression during their mammogram. Senographe Pristina with Dueta was named on top 100 list of best innovations of 2019 by TIME Magazine.

Agnes is the Executive Sponsor for GE Girls, a company-wide program that engages middle school girls in STEM education. She also is a member of the Board of Trustees for the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. She recently was recognized with a career achievement award from Rose-Hulman. In 2016, Agnes was named a “Woman of Influence” by the Milwaukee Business Journal and was included in the “Women to Watch” list by The DBusiness Journal, an honor for the top 100 business leaders throughout the country.

Agnes was born in Mateszalka, Hungary and holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering, Production Engineering and Management from the University of Magdeburg, Germany, and a Masters in Mechanical Engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, USA. She is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt and Quality Leader. She is fluent in Hungarian, English and German.

Agnes lives with her husband and two daughters in Shorewood, WI.

M Jessen

Mary Jessen, Director Community Benefit, Ascension Wisconsin

Mary Jessen is the Director Community Benefit for Ascension Wisconsin. Her role includes identifying and reporting Community Benefit activities and guiding the strategic direction of community health improvement. Ms. Jessen has a Master's of Nursing/Nurse Midwifery from the University of Southern California and has provided care to vulnerable populations for nearly 20 years in Milwaukee as a Certified Nurse Midwife. She helped create a unique clinic experience for underserved families at St. Joseph Hospital in Milwaukee that focused on the social determinants of health. She has previously worked as the Administrative Director of Population Health Management for Wheaton Fransiscan Healthcare in which her role was to help integrate population health management in ambulatory care. 

Mary's work with underserved families prompted her to obtain a PhD in Public Health at the UWM Zilber School of Public Health. She is scheduled to graduate in May of 2021. Her focus of research is on the associations and impacts of racism on health and healthcare disparities in maternal/infant outcomes. Additionally, she has been an instructor at the UWM College of Nursing where she taught population health, systemic racism, cultural diversity and leadership with a focus on health equity to both graduate and undergraduate students. She sits on both the Wisconsin Maternal Mortality Review Team and the Milwaukee Fetal/Infant Mortality Review Team.

 Daniel Guzman

Daniel Guzman King, Council Member for the Oneida Nation

Daniel Guzman King is serving his 2nd term as a Council Member for the Oneida Nation. The Council Member serves as a member of the Legislative Operating Committee; responsible for developing and amending new laws, codes and policy for the Oneida Nation.  Daniel will be promoting the Nation’s interest on a tribal, local, state and national level as he has liaison responsibilities to the Oneida Nation’s Airport Hotel Corporation, Community Development Planning Committee, Finance Committee, Quality of Life Committee, Environmental Resource Board, WI Tribal Conservation Advisory Council, Southeastern Wisconsin Tribal Services, and Health Division. In 2019 the Councilman was also selected to served on the Great Lakes Area Tribal Health Board, which is a regional board advocating for health care system improvements on behalf tribal communities in the midwest.

Councilman Guzman King is an activist for positive change for the Oneida Community.  Daniel stood on the front lines at the Standing Rock Indian Reservation to fight for tribal land and water rights that would impact all of Indian Country and understands the importance of exercising the Oneida Nation’s sovereignty.  Daniel will continue building a sustainable Nation by supporting reacquisition of the Oneida land base, protecting water resources, enhancing the local food system, supporting a sustainable healthcare system, promoting economic diversification, supporting an optimal education system, strengthening the intergenerational relationships amongst the Oneida community, and promoting the Oneida Language and Culture.

Councilman Guzman King is of the Turtle Clan.  His loving family includes his grandparents, the late Peter “Buzzy” and Martha (Skenandore) King; his mother, Joyce King; brother, Lorenzo Guzman; aunties, Louise Cornelius, Margaret King, Susan Reiter and Kathy King; uncle, Peter King Jr.              


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