Issues & Eggs - Previous Years
ISSUES AND EGGS 2019
6th Annual Issues and Eggs Breakfast Forum
"Aging Not Your Issue? It Will Be." March 1, 2019
Summary of Program LWVGT's sixth annual Issues and Eggs Breakfast Forum
featured a program on end-of-life decisions, caregiving and healthcare
and positive aging.
- Mindy J. Fain MD, a geriatrician, who is on the UA medical faculty
- Lisa Reams, Vice President of Programs and Services at Pima Council on Aging
- Sarah Super Ascher, Senior Director of AZ End of Life Care Partnership for United Way of Tucson and Southern AZ
- Moderator: Jan Lesher, Chief Deputy County Administrator, Pima County
- There is an improvement in quality of health care provided to
older adults. Hospitals have stepped up to provide a broader range of
service for seniors.
- End of Life care provides many options for people to consider,
but first there must be open communication to family of the desires of
- Our community has a variety of resources for those of us who are aging. PCOA has a hotline that is helpful to many.
ISSUES AND EGGS 2018
5th Annual Issues and Eggs Breakfast Forum
Presentation: Health of Our Children in Poverty: Why we Must Care"
Our children are our future. How we invest in their emotional,
psychological, and physical health is essential so they can recognize
their potential and realize their dreams. Four health policy and program
experts provided information on how the lack of health care coverage
affects our children; they highlighted successful programs; and shared
what we can do as concerned community members. Bruce Dusenberry
served as the panel moderator and panelists included Mimi Coomler
/ Tucson Medical Center, Dr. Tatyana Farietta-Murray
/ Cenpatico Integrated Care, Dr. Francisco Garcia
County, and Dr. Nancy Johnson
/ El Rio Community Health Center.
ISSUES AND EGGS 2017
4th Annual Issues and Eggs Breakfast Forum
"The Impact of Poverty on Academic Achievement K-12"
, Friday, March 3, 2017
Many factors contribute to the academic achievement of students in our community.
Throughout our history, education has been seen as a child's ticket out
of poverty. However, with the rate of poverty increasing, evidence
suggest too many children from low-income families are falling
significantly behind their peers academically before they complete the
4th grade. This is of particular concern to all who live in Arizona and
count on a well educated population to fuel a thriving economy. In 2014,
when the poverty rate for the United States was 14.8%, the rate of
poverty in Arizona was 21.2%. Tucson was rated the 5th poorest city of
its size in the country in 2015. The Federal Poverty Rate for a family
of four in 2016 was $25,300.
, Principal, Holaway Elementary School
Dr. Mary Joudrow
, Advanced Program Manager, PCC Desert View Campus Dr.
, Superintendent, Flowing Wells School District
, Program Manager, Pima County End Poverty Now Initiative
- Identified the facts and consequences of poverty on academic achievement.
- Introduced highly effective local program models in our schools and others designed for the parents of poor children.
- Discussed the ways in which state education policies impact poor children.
- Described local efforts to end poverty.
- Provided examples of how we can all become involved.
Southwest Gas Corporation
Thomas R. Brown Family Foundation
Desert Diamond Casino
PICOR, Cushman-Wakfield Commercial Real Estate
ISSUES AND EGGS 2016
3rd Annual Issues and Eggs Breakfast Forum
“What is JTED's Link to Arizona's Economy?”
, March 4, 2016
The voter-approved Joint Technical Education District (JTED) in Southern
Arizona has helped thousands of high school age people acquire the
skills needed to succeed in life. For the past ten years, students in
thirteen school districts in and around Pima County have benefited from
the specialized education the district provides. But JTED is now
threatened after reduced funding the past few years from the Arizona
“The League of Women Voters has always had strong positions on education
and we support the efforts of JTED and the work it does,” Judy Moll,
president of the League of Women Voters of Greater Tucson. Panelists
highlighted the link between business and education and the role JTED
has played. Business leaders, elected officials, educators and members
of the public attended the discussion on how the innovative,
tuition-free educational opportunity benefits the community.
Moderator - Bruce Dusenberry
, chairman of Horizon Moving Systems
Steven D. Holmes
, Superintendent, Sunnyside Unified School District
, CTE Medical Assistant Instructor, Empire High School, Vail Unified School District
, Assistant Superintendent and COO Pima County JTED
, CEO, British Car Service and Governing Board Chairman, Pima County JTED
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ISSUES AND EGGS 2015
2nd Annual Issues & Eggs Breakfast Forum
"Are Arizona's College & Career Ready Standards the Answer?
… Common Core: Facts vs. Myths”, March 13, 2015
Common Core has become a controversial subject throughout the country.
The League's objective in hosting this forum is that the audience will
gain a better understanding of the facts and myths associated with the
topic and why these standards were developed by the National Governors'
Conference in collaboration with private businesses and top state public
school officials across the country. Business organizations have been
strong proponents of the standards and have been instrumental in their
implementation in Arizona and elsewhere.
View the Event Video
- Mike Varney, President and CEO of the Tucson MetroChamber of Commerce
- Dr. William McCallum, UA professor & lead writer Common Core mathematics standards
- Dr. H.T. Sanchez, TUSD Superintendent of Schools
- Brittany Betterton, teacher Elvira Elementary, Sunnyside District and a Rodel Exemplary Teacher of the Year
- Bruce Dusenberry, Moderator and president Horizon Moving Systems, community activist
ISSUES AND EGGS 2014
1st Annual Issues & Eggs Breakfast Forum
“Jobs Won’t Grow on Cacti … Without Help”
, April 11, 2014.
Speakers from business and education discussed the connection between
education and jobs. With 2500 local high tech, healthcare, and other
technical positions currently open, the region’s employers find it
difficult to fill key positions from the local unemployed talent pool
and have to rely upon national recruitment and also import costly
Many of the region’s unemployed lack the required basic job skills such
as critical thinking, communications, and problem solving. Employees
must have 21st century skills to enter the competitive job market and
meet the demands of regional employers. There is a need for a unified
regional strategy to address talent recruitment and retention. We must
have long-term plans for job growth including tapping into the pool of
local retirees from industry and the military.
Additionally, the community has to come together to focus on our
strengths including the region’s already established industries. Local
leaders must let local employers know they value and appreciate their
Education is critical to the overall health of our community. It is
essential that school systems and society are in partnership. Citizens
need to feel a sense of ownership for what happens in our schools. The
data on students who have effective teachers in the primary grades is
clear. It sets the stage for continued success throughout their academic
careers and into their lives after high school.
We need a system and culture of purpose that includes values, beliefs,
fidelity to excellence, and respect (across all strata) from parents to
administration, and Boards that trust and protect the school districts.
Tucson Medical Center (TMC) was highlighted as a local business with a
culture of on-going education. There is investment and support in core
staff and emphasis on specialized critical skills. TMC invests time in
its employees. There is an educational mission and culture. TMC has
encouraged problem solving within its staff and has invested 117,000
hours in training, nursing orientation, and education.
In conclusion, we must focus on the whole spectrum of job growth. Tucson
needs to have more patience and think long-term about job development
and growth. Developing and implementing workforce strategies is a key to
job stability and growth. The importance of 21st century education to
prepare our workers for necessary adaptation in the workplace cannot be
over-estimated. We all must be community ambassadors who emphasize the
positive strengths of our region.
- Daisy Jenkins, opening speaker
- Bruce Dusenberry, moderator
- Omar Mireles
- Dr. John Pedicone
- Julia Strange