7th Annual Gathering Event Program

Session Join Links and Speaker Handouts

Below you can find brief session descriptions and Zoom links for each session.

To view the full agenda and session descriptions, including speaker bios and additional information on their work, please view the event program.

View the event program

Join us for the opening session where we will welcome attendees, introduce the vision and themes for this event, share the event acknowledgments and group agreements, provide an overview of More Resilient Minnesota and the Tribal NEAR and Community Wisdom Project, and orient attendees to the upcoming sessions, webpage, and join links for the event. (View session handouts)

Zoom Link — Meeting ID: 898 9714 9058 — Passcode: 951487


Choose one session below:

  • Connecting Indigenous Cultural Practices to Community: Hear from a panel of leaders in a variety of fields who are integrating indigenous cultural practices into healthcare, workplace wellness, language revitalization efforts, and community work. Speakers include Ashlee Jallen and Sarah Andersen from the Native American Community Clinic, Kortni Bidinger from Lower Sioux Indian Community, and Jaylen Strong from the Bois Forte Heritage Center & Cultural Museum. (View session handouts) Zoom Link — Meeting ID: 815 9058 3610 — Passcode: 194928
  • Empowering Youth Voice: Youth Leading City’s Mental Wellness Strategy Development: Learn how young people in St. Louis Park evaluated measures of youth wellbeing in their community and used this data to drive their city’s investment in mental wellness. Speakers include Will Driver, Margaret Ganyo, Dr. Daniel Philippe, and Connor Sullivan. Zoom Link — Meeting ID: 852 5475 7188 — Passcode: 1234
  • Grounding our Work in Community Voice: Creative Evaluation and Research Methods: This one-hour presentation is designed to focus on alternative forms of data collection beyond the traditional survey, interview, and focus group approaches. Wilder Research staff will present approaches to collecting data from community members, including community engagement methods like bead voting, dot voting, and harvest boards. The presentation will include descriptions of these approaches, step-by-step guidelines for carrying out these methods, and detailed examples of previous projects that have utilized these methods. This presentation has been designed for coordinator staff who have minimum to extensive experience with collecting, analyzing, and utilizing public health data. Speakers include Melissa Adolfson, Jackie Aman, and Kyla Goux from Wilder Research. (View session handouts) Zoom Link — Meeting ID: 817 7810 6582 — Passcode: 134426

Choose one session below:

  • Coming Together Around Issues that Matter: Coalitions and efforts across the state are addressing major public health issues. Learn how different initiatives, including the 80×3 Initiative at the Greater Twin Cities United Way, the Minnesota Suicide Prevention Taskforce, and the Lung Mind Alliance with the American Lung Association, have acted on the idea that we are stronger when we work together. Speakers include Meghann Levitt from the Minnesota Suicide Prevention Taskforce, Reba Mathern-Jacobson from the Lung Mind Alliance with the American Lung Association, and Jamie Bonczyk and Leo Howard III from the 80×3 Initiative at Greater Twin Cities United Way. (View session handouts) Zoom Link — Meeting ID: 857 5653 7875 — Passcode: 975354
  • Community Engagement – The Power of Stories: During the pandemic, Lowell Johnson and Karen Johnson of the Crow Wing Mental Health Alliance attended a 100 Cups of Coffee workshop sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Health and FamilyWise Services. They decided to implement the project, changed the name to 100 Community Conversations, trained ten interviewers, and held 105 one-on-one interviews with people who are marginalized in Crow Wing County. “Marginalized” was defined as people with lived experience of mental illness, addiction, disability, incarceration, black and brown skin, or being in the LGBTQ+ community. Sometimes family members of these people were interviewed. The interviewers had an experience of empathy stretch during interviews. The idea surfaced that maybe they could increase empathy and compassion in their community by telling some of these stories. This resulted in the publication of a book and video series, Bold Yet Seldom Told: Crow Wing Community Stories. Speakers include Karen and Lowell Johnson from Crow Wing Energize. (View session handouts) Zoom Link — Meeting ID: 863 3382 9164 — 121755
  • Parent Leadership Matters! Parent Leadership Panel: Parents from around the state are taking the lead on strengthening their communities and changing systems. Join this session to hear from several of these parent leaders. FamilyWise Services Prevention Initiative Directors will be facilitating this panel of Parent Leaders: Tonya Long, Levi Chapman and Lana Morrow. (View session handouts) Zoom Link — Meeting ID: 847 8480 5534 — Passcode: 1234

For over 15 years partnerships have been growing between Indigenous Persons/Communities and The Center for Mind-Body Medicine (CMBM). CMBM has been teaching an evidence-based model worldwide for 30 years, focusing on population-wide trauma relief. The foundations of this model arise out of numerous wisdom traditions. Many individuals have woven this work into culturally specific settings with a natural synergy. With the support of dozens of funders over the years and with more than 800 persons from more than 25 tribes trained, the movement to further spread the work continues.

This presentation will overview the model, history of the work, science of stress/trauma, and opportunities to support others to learn and creatively share the practices within their families, workplaces, and communities. The positive impact that occurs intergenerationally is a central tenet of the learning experience. The approach supports learning and healing for children, adolescents, adults, and elders.

Objectives: Explain the practices and basic science of stress and trauma; practice mind-body tools for enhanced awareness and self-expression.

Keynote speakers include Donna La Chapelle and Dr. Joanna Riegert from the Center for Mind-Body Alliance. (View session handouts)

Zoom Link — Meeting ID: 862 8467 1442 — Passcode: 752963 (This is the same as the closing session)

Join us for the closing session where we will share FamilyWise Services’ 2024 Family Wellbeing Index, share a participant photo slideshow and survey, create a word cloud, and offer closing words. (View session handouts)

Zoom Link — Meeting ID: 862 8467 1442 — Passcode: 752963 (This is the same as the keynote session)