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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.

Have a topic you would like to see WPHA do a Virtual Session on? Let us know!


Upcoming WPHA Connection Virtual Sessions:

Wednesday, June 17, 2020 | 3:00pm-4:00pm - REGISTER TODAY!

Plan to spend 1 hour with others across the state for a COVID-19 Self-Care Session! All sessions are virtual, so no need to schedule travel time.  This month we will have Dr. Keely Rees help us to Center Yourself During Uncertain Times. There will also be time to connect with other WPHA members, ask questions, and share thoughts and ideas. 

Centering Yourself During Uncertain Times
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


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



SAVE THE DATE | Wednesday, July 29, 2020 | 3:00pm

Details & Registration Coming Soon!







WPHA Connection Virtual Session Archive:

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."

Listen to the Recording

Additional Resources:

Have questions for Sarah? Send her an email!

Subscribe to the La Crosse YMCA's Stead Heads Open Hearts YouTube Channel

The channel features Mindful Minutes (1-2 min. mindful pause), Dinner Table Resilience Series (3-4 with tips, topics, skills & strategies to build resilience in ourselves and others), and recordings of Friday Steady Heads Open Hearts webinar series (1 hour webinar on different strategies for building resilience).
Stead Heads Open Hearts live webinars every Friday at 12:00pm. Zoom info on the La Crosse YMCA facebook page

Sarah is also hosting webinars about trauma-informed practices as communities begin to re-open!

Recording of Part 1 of the "New Normal": Trauma-informed Practices for Re-opening Webinar
Zoom Information for Part 2 of The "New Normal": Trauma-informed Practices for Re-opening Webinar can be found Here



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