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Thursday, October 25, 2018 | Lansing Center

Opening Keynote: Be Nice. Take Action.
Christy Buck, LBSW | Executive Director Mental Health Foundation of West Michigan

Having an understanding of mental health is essential to all aspects of life! Participants in this session will have a greater understanding of an action plan that they can implement daily to change, improve, and save lives. This action plan includes four steps:

  1. Apply NOTICE to recognize signs and symptoms of a mental health disorder.

  2. Apply INVITE to start a caring conversation and get help.

  3. Apply CHALLENGE regarding stigma and provide info and resources to get help.

  4. Apply EMPOWER to help someone who is struggling.


Closing Keynote: Challenges to Health Equity: Insights from Implicit Bias, Racial Anxiety, and Stereotype Threat
Denise Evans, MM, MA | Project Coordinator Strong Beginnings – Healthy Start


This will help engage public health professionals in learning through dialogue about improving community health by addressing; cultural identity and self-awareness and how these and other areas help to improve the health and well-being of our community. We explore implicit bias, racial anxiety, and stereotype threat from a public health approach and use interactive approaches to keep participants engaged through small group dialogue as well as various interactions focusing on hidden bias and the root causes of inequities


Thursday, October 19, 2017 | GVSU DeVos Center, Grand Rapids


Recording of Opening Keynote now available here!

Beyond the Field: The Business Case for Advancing the Emotional Wellness of Difference Makers

Shannon Cohen, MPA, CPS, BA Principal/Founder Shannon Cohen, Inc.


Data proves there is a talent retention, employment engagement, organizational performance, and economic cost associated with burnout. Public health leaders are challenged to lead well in the midst of a changing political climate, expanding human need, and increasingly complex wicked problems. This interactive plenary session will help leaders identify and adopt individual and organizational self-care processes that prioritize the emotional well-being of difference makers within our teams and organizations.