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2023 6th Annual Making Connections Conference and Retreat

April 13 – 15, 2023 | The Lodge at Gulf State Park, Alabama

This year’s focus is on relaxation and retreating away from your daily life!

We have been invited to partner with Mobile County Health Department to bring you a fun, revitalizing retreat at Gulf Shores State Park. We look forward to seeing all of you for our in-person CHW premier event in April!

Final Agenda

  • 3:00pm – 4:00pm Registration – Networking 101
  • 4:00pm – 4:15pm Welcome and Introductions
  • 4:15pm – 5:15pm REACH: Recognizing the Effectiveness of Adherence in Community Health w/ Tokie Dunn, MPA, CHW, Director of Community Prevention Programs, Mobile County Health Department
  • 5:30pm – 7:00pm Social Bash – Ultimate Appetizers and Fun
  • 7:00am – 8:00am Morning activity (yoga, jog, hike)
  • 8:00am – 9:00am Check-in and Breakfast - Welcome
  • 9:00am – 10:00am Laughter Therapy: Saving Your Sanity Through Laughter w/ Julie St. John, DrPH, MPH, MA, CHWI
  • 10:00am – 10:15am Stretch Break
  • 10:15am – 11:15am Incorporating CHWs in Public Health Emergency Response to Address the Disproportionate Impact on Agricultural Communities w/ Jean Paul Roggiero
  • 11:15am – 12:00am Round Tables
  • 12:00pm – 1:00pm Lunch 
  • 1:00pm – 2:00pm Burnout Prevention & Recovery w/ Tarah Keech
  • 2:00pm – 2:45pm Round Tables
  • 2:45pm – 3:00pm Stretch Break
  • 3:00pm – 4:00pm Community Health Worker Integration into Neurology Clinic Teams w/ Dr. Elaine Kiriakopoulos, MD, MSc
  • 4:00pm – 4:45pm Round Tables 
  • 4:45pm – 5:00pm Wrap up 
  • Group Dinner
  • 7:00am – 8:00am Morning activity (yoga, jog, hike)  
  • 8:00am – 9:00am Check-in and Breakfast 
  • 9:00am – 10:00am By Us, For Us: All phases of educational content creation for CHWs must include CHWs w/ Dr. Porsche Fisher, MA, MS, Doctor of Human Services (DHS)       
  • 10:15am – 10:30am Stretch Break
  • 10:30am – 11:30am CHW Story – Chris “Champ” Napier 
  • 11:30am – 12:00pm Questions and Closing  

For all conference-related questions, including how to claim a booth in our exhibit halls, email our Creator of Opportunities, Rebecca Albaugh, rebecca@rchwn.org.

We hope you leave feeling refreshed, educated, supported and connected!