Mel's Blog 
People Who Rock & People Caught Not (Naught?) Being Naughty
In which Melanie gets downright "gritty" about grit research, Nathan Gibbs-Bowling, and the Presidential campaign and also learns a thing or two from john a. powell (which she generously shares!) and offers at least two guaranteed laughs and hug-worthy moments.

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Community Health Workers (CHWs): Building Healthier Communities
Learn from CHWs at The Science of HOPE
We know it, communities see it first hand, and research proves it over and over again: community health workers are basically rock stars. 

You may know them by a different name; perhaps they are  promotores(as) de salud, or community health advisors, or community health representatives. Whatever the title, we can typically agree that these are community members with a dedicated commitment to building healthier and happier communities.

Want to take a moment to learn more about CHWs & the amazing work they do? Check out the Community Health Worker Task Force Report convened by Healthier Washington. We promise it's worth the read.

Want to take time to learn about CHWs,  from CHWs and how they effect change in their communities?

Come to the Science of HOPE, and e specially check out the two workshops featured at the conference led exclusively by CHWs:

Authentic Voices in Advocacy:  Three Skills, Three Stories
South Kelso Community Health Advocates check out a new Kelso ballot box
"We are moving closer to justice and will have our impact when our communities can speak for themselves without fear." 
- Michelle DiMiscio, CHW

What are three important elements in advocacy? As problem solvers, community organizers and allies, we invite you to identify the advocacy in your own story. 

Together with the Children's Alliance, Community Health Workers from across the state welcome you to a powerful dialogue where you can walk away with the knowledge of how to a better advocate in your work and community.

Stories of Strength Despite Barriers: The Power of Social Connection 

Salishan Community Health Advocates coordinate a community bike derby
Social connections are all about the bonds we make and keep in our communities. 

The more connected we are the healthier we are. Research shows positive social connection has a direct impact on our health. Positive social bonds are associated with lower blood pressure, stronger immunity, decreased risk of chronic disease and increased resilience. Social connection is especially important for advancing equity in our communities.
This workshop invites you to recognize and rely on social connection as a strength.  In the spirit of popular education, we believe you bring the wisdom, and we learn in community.  You will walk away having had the opportunity to share stories, lessons learned, and make valuable connections. 

Don't Miss Out on The Science of HOPE

The conference is only 12 days away. Are you getting excited? We hope so! The conference offers two full days of high quality keynotes, workshops and skill-building symposiums to encourage an asset-focused learning community around health equity. Together, we will learn from the nation's leading scientists, practitioners and researchers about key health equity issues.

We can't tell you how excited we are for learning and connecting with hundreds of our closest friends. From policymakers, to community health workers, to educators and local public health leaders, the list is varied and filled with incredible people doing incredible work. We promise you will leave ready to engage neighbors, community and youth in hopeful, future-oriented action.

If you haven't signed up yet - we have good news!  It's not too late to register ! The bad news? It's getting down to the wire. 

See the topical agenda online , read about the amazing keynote speakers , and most importantly, get excited!
ACEs & Resilience Initiative Mapping
The Mapping Room

We need your help in creating a comprehensive map of ACE & Resilience initiatives happening throughout the state and nationwide! 

The Science of HOPE
A Few of Our Presenters At-A-Glance
Laurence Steinberg, PhD 
Adolescence Expert, Author & Professor of Psychology at Temple University

Moshe Szyf, PhD
Leading Geneticist & Molecular Biologist at McGill University

Shawn Ginwright, PhD
Author, Activist, & Professor at San Francisco State University

Stephany Cuevas, Ed.M
Harvard Doctoral Student, Communities, Culture & Education

Craig Weber
Author, Consultant & Speaker

Chris Soderquist
Consultant & Trainer

Suzette Fromm-Reed, PhD
Community Psychologist & Associate Professor, National Louis University

James Caringi, PhD
Associate Professor at University of Montana & Coordinator of Qualitative Research at NNCTC

Chan Hellman, PhD
Associate Dean & Professor at University of Oklahoma

Mona Johnson, PhD
Director of Student Support, OSPI

Christopher Knaus, PhD
Professor of Education at University of Washington, Tacoma

Kathy Burgoyne, PhD
Senior Director of Applied Research, Foundation for Healthy Generations

Josue Guadarrama, MA
Counseling psychology Doctoral student, Washington State University

Robert Anda, MD, MS
Principal Co-Investigator of original ACE Study, Author, Consultant & CDC Senior Scientific Consultant

Amy Hill, MA
Documentary Filmmaker, Public Health Consultant, StoryCenter

Cathy Fromme, PhD
Principal of TrustWorks

Greg Williamson, MA
Assistant Director for Partnerships & Collaboration, WA State Department of Early Learning

Laura Porter
Senior Director - Learning Institute, Foundation for Healthy Generations

Robbi Kay Norman
Public Policy Consultant & Co-Principal of Uncommon Solutions

Bill Wright, PhD
Sociologist & Associate Director of Providence Center for Outcomes Research & Education

Learn More About The Science of HOPE

The Science of HOPE
1) Practitioners, educators and others in "helping roles," can build skills and acquire the tools to be more effective, and stay well while doing good

2) Support decision-makers in systems and organizations in critical decision making

3) Build the skills & acquire the tools to engage neighbors, community, and youth in hopeful, future-oriented action

Together, we will address the most complex problems of health equity.  Register Now!

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Continuing Education 
Clock Hours
Are you an administrator, principal, counselor, or teacher in the K-12 system?

By attending The Science of HOPE conference, you are eligible to receive 16.5 clock hours approved by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI). 

Just let the registration desk know when you arrive and they will provide you with the necessary paperwork.  Register here.