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Coming up on Connections: Monday, October 25

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First hour: Candidates for Rochester City Council, part 5

Second hour: How to support medical professionals struggling with mental illnessElection Day is a little more than a week away, and voters across the City of Rochester are considering the candidates for Rochester City Council. There are 12 candidates running for five at-large seats. This is our final discussion with the candidates. This hour, we hear from Jayvon Johnson, who is running on the Republican and Conservative Party lines, and Miguel Melendez, who is running on the Democratic and Working Families Party lines. Our guests:

  • Jayvon Johnson**
  • Miguel Melendez

*Note: Ann Lewis, Willie Lightfoot, and Victor Sanchez declined our invitations to appear on the show.
**Jayvon Johnson was slated to join the conversation, but did not appear at WXXI for the interview.

Then in our second hour, research shows the rates of mental illness and suicide are up among physicians. Dr. Ronald Epstein and colleagues are exploring how mental illness affects health care practitioners and the barriers to getting treatment. We discuss the research and talk about how the pandemic has increased rates of burnout among medical professionals. Our guests:

  • Ronald Epstein, M.D., professor in Family Medicine, Psychiatry & Oncology at the University of Rochester Medical Center
  • Chris Burleigh, R.N., nurse manager in the Medical Intensive Care Unit at Strong Memorial Hospital 
  • Jefferson Svengsouk, M.D., professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Rochester Medical Center
Evan Dawson is the host of "Connections with Evan Dawson." He joined WXXI in January 2014 after working at 13WHAM-TV, where he served as morning news anchor. He was hired as a reporter for 13WHAM-TV in 2003 before being promoted to anchor in 2007.
Megan Mack is the executive producer of "Connections with Evan Dawson" and live/televised engagement programming.