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On October 16 th the Coulee Region Long Term Care Workforce Coalition hosted theMake our Voices Heard 2006 Candidates' Forum at UW- La Crosse Cleary Alumni & Friends Center. Congratulations goes out to the Coulee Coalition who hosted the only candidate forum in WI related to the long term care workforce. Candidates from the 3 rd congressional district and Assembly Districts 91, 92, 94, 95 & 96 attended. In total 12 our of 14 invited candidates attended the forum.



An audience of over 100 consumers, providers, direct care workers, and other interested individuals listened as the candidates opening remarks, answer prepared questions, and closing remarks. Additionally one question from the audience was put to the candidates' consideration.

Dr. Joe Heim, UW-L Political Science professor and a represenatative from the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin, moderated the forum. The forum was sponsored by AgeAdvantage, Bethany Lutheran Homes, Franciscan Skemp, Independent Living Resources, La Crosse County Aging Unit, Trempealeau County Long Term Care Coalition, WI Council on Developmental Disabilities, and Workforce Connections, Inc.

The coalition plans to maintain contact with future elected officials, especially following up with those who supported the legislative priorities of the coalition.