Mel's Blog
What IS Hope?
In which Melanie shares what hope is to a NASA engineer, a penguin and what it could be to you and health equity. She also offers a dance it out option and a special gift just for dedicated readers.

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HOPEtivist Update!
TUNE IN! Sarah Stewart to be interviewed for Kick Butts Day.
In January we featured HOPEtivist Sarah Stewart, a senior at Mercer Island High School getting the attention of legislature with a plea to raise the age to obtain smoking and vaping products to 21. 

Sarah is still at it and will be featured on King 5 News today, March 16, between 4:00 - 4:30 p.m. for Kick Butts Day! 
Tune in. It should be good!
Happening in Healthland
Harvard confirms: Relationships are key to a happy life.
Okay, we gave away the punchline of the article. That being said, we promise  this Washington Post article is still worth the read! 

Robert Waldinger, Harvard psychiatrist currently running the more than 75-year-long study "wants people to realize that the commercial projection of a good life - wealth, fame, career success - won't bring them health or happiness. It's the work they put into maintaining connections with other human beings that will." Learn more lessons from the longest study on happiness, here.
The Science of HOPE
Meet the Keynote: Dr. Chan Hellman
Chan Hellman, PhD is one of the country's leading researchers on hope. 

Specializing in research, evaluation, measurement and statistics, Dr. Hellman's  current research is focused on the application of positive psychology to nonprofit organizational effectiveness. In particular, he is interested in how nonprofit organizations impact client hope and how hope is associated with positive goal attainment and well being among those living in at-risk environments such as homelessness, family violence, or substance abuse. 

As keynote, Dr. Hellman will not only share his fascinating research, but will also offer useful tools for us all to put to use. Because, hope is an amazing predictor of well-being in many categories! And as Chan will inform us, "hope is a social gift." 

So, let's have hope, share hope, and be hope.

Dr. Hellman is an Associate Dean in the College of Arts & Sciences, Professor in the Department of Human Relations and Founding Director of the Center of Applied Research for Nonprofit Organizations. His publications have appeared in various scientific journals and books. Additionally, he has presented his research at over 100 national and international conferences! Learn more about some of his amazing work centered around hope, below. 
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
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 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.