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Upcoming Event

Got the blues? Strategies for changing your color (09-15-2020)

Got the blues? Strategies for changing your color (09-15-2020)


Everyone feels the blues on occasion.  For some, the blues linger and may blossom into deeper depression and/or anxiety.  For some, the blues are situational and short-lived. For others, the blues may ebb and flow with political, personal, or social tides.  Join this session in exploring the different shades of blues and some strategies for changing your mood to a new color.

Presenter: Joanna Woodbury and Carolyn Wesolowski

Joanna Woodbury

Joanna Woodbury is an experienced Certified Social Worker and has worked in HIV care since 2007. Joanna joined Froedtert and the Medical College in 2010 and serves as the Social Services Program Manager overseeing social work, mental health and pharmacy services provided in the Inclusion Health and Infectious Disease Clinics. Joanna also provides social services for Froedtert and the Medical College’s PrEP and Inclusion clinics. Joanna is a leader in HIV care and prevention social work and is responsible for the development and expansion of social services both at Froedtert and the Medical College and F&MCW’s community partners. Joanna holds Professional Certificates in Motivational Interviewing and Servant Leadership and has been recognized as a State of Wisconsin leader in HIV care. Joanna has a strong passion for leadership, medical social work, HIV care and prevention, and LGBTQ affirming healthcare.

Carolyn Wesolowski

Carolyn is a proud Milwaukee native with a love of urban exploration both at home and beyond. She has a Master’s in Community Counseling from Marquette University with a focus on trauma-informed counseling and care. Carolyn’s work has primarily focused on supporting people living with HIV in a social services capacity, which led her to her current role as a Linkage to Care Specialist with the Medical College of Wisconsin. She finds herself incredibly fortunate to share in the vibrancy of so many lives in such a profound way. Her work and passions also support the Froedtert Inclusion Health Clinic and the broader LGBTQ+ community.


ASL, Captions, and Trans/Queer-led

Events will have an ASL interpreter and AI-generated closed captioning.  Please reach out with any access needs. Support focused groups are trans and queer led.


ABOUT events

FORGE and Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin, Inclusion Health Clinic have created a series of events for trans+/non-binary community members, loved ones, and supporters, to come together for support, connection, learning, and empowerment.  Participants will have the opportunity to find community, feel less isolated, and learn new skills and information.

Initiated in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, many topics focus on medical and mental health issues, coping strategies, access to public benefits, links to resources, where/how to access support, creative expression, and some time to have some fun.

Sit back. Or lean in.

If you miss the live events, many will be recorded!  (Recordings available at: https://www.youtube.com/c/FORGEForwardTrans)


Thank you to our funders:

This project is funded by the Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Additional funding support for this event provided by Victims of Crime Act Subgrant No. 2015-VO-01-15356 awarded by the Wisconsin Department of Justice Office of Crime Victim Services under a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice Office for Victims of Crime. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication/program/exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime.


September 15, 2020 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm America/Chicago