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WPHA Connection

A series of Virtual Sessions are being offered to WPHA members and non-members to provide time to connect with other public health colleagues across the state.  Sessions are virtual, so no need to schedule travel time.  Each month will provide an opportunity to connect with other WPHA members, ask questions, and share thoughts and ideas. Recordings and relevant resources discussed are available within one week of the Virtual Session.

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Upcoming WPHA Connection Virtual Sessions:


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WPHA Connection Virtual Session Archive:


July 29, 2020
Ripple Effects: Cultivating Compassion for Ourselves and Our Communities  with Robin Lankton

This hour will include a lovingkindness meditation practice. Robin will share a guided meditation to cultivate compassion for ourselves, those around us and our world. During a time when suffering is so present in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, increased stress, and blatant expressions of racism and violence, dedicating space for the care of ourselves and others is something we can do to create positive ripple effects in the world and give ourselves a gift of fortitude to sustain us.


About Robin Lankton 
Robin is the Director of Population Health at UW Health and President-Elect of WPHA. Her role within the Office of Population Health including Community Health Improvement, Population Health Care Model and Accountable Care Organization programs. Robin earned her Bachelor of Arts in Women Studies and Psychology and a minor in Spanish from the University of Michigan. She completed her Master of Public Health in Community Health Sciences and Bixby Certificate in Population and Reproductive Health from the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and is a Certified Health Education Specialist. Her areas of interest include collaborative partnerships, systems change, addressing inequities and supporting the conditions for all people to have the best opportunity to be healthy and thrive. 


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June 17, 2020
Centering Yourself During Uncertain Times with Dr. Keely Rees

This hour together will provide you with a simple tool that can allow your mind & body the deep restoration it needs during stressful days on the computer, juggling work, and family. Centering is at the core of all the Contemplative Practices. I will introduce the Contemplative Tree of Practices and demonstrate a Body Scan tool that you can use at work, home, or in between. We all need simple practices that have lasting effects during times of uncertainty. Giving yourself permission to pause, allows for great self-empathy & compassion. This has a lasting effect on those around you as well. Our homes, workplaces, and communities are in greater need of compassion and it can start with you. 


About Dr. Keely Rees
Dr. Keely Rees is a Full Professor in the Department of Health Education and Health Promotion at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Her research and work in the health field provide the foundation for advocacy, policy, and women's health in a variety of public health settings. Keely's career has focused on the well-being of people and organizations.  As a teacher, personal coach, workshop facilitator, mother, and wife, Keely has an extensive background in personal and organizational health. She loves working with educators, health professionals, teens, young adults, and professionals of all ages and experiences. Her work is grounded in compassion and enthusiasm for individuals and communities.  Keely recognizes how we are all a work in progress and the need for connection and empathy is evident in our homes and workplaces


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This session was supported by the Region V Public Health Training Center




May 13, 2020
Self-Care Session with La Crosse Area Family YMCA, Mental Health Director, Sarah Johnson, MS, LPC, NCC
This Virtual Session provided 30 minutes of focused self-care time.  Sarah Johnson, Mental Health Director at the La Crosse Family YMCA lead attendees through a mental "check-in", shared the various stages individuals might be going though in regards to the COVID-19 pandemic and lead us through a meditation exercise to help focus and build resilience in ourselves.  Finally Sarah left us with some words of wisdom moving forward.

"There is nothing to fix.  There is nowhere to be.  There is nothing to know. Good night, my love."

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2020 VIRTUAL Public Health Conference