Healthy Futures Conference

Healthy Futures: Redefining Prevention is a conference for prevention and treatment professionals, school and district staff, nonprofit administrators and programs, community organizers and anyone else who is interested in learning and sharing about innovative community responses to youth substance abuse, mental health, and other barriers to health and success for youth and families. TOGETHER!'s focus on cross-sector collaboration towards equity, community mobilization, and systems change extends to Healthy Futures, where we bring representatives from different fields, including and amplifying youth voices, to learn from each other and coordinate their approaches to solving problems in our community, together. Join us in April 2019 at the Great Wolf Lodge in Grand Mound for an invigorating, inspiring, and innovative conference!

The conference will feature speakers focused on one of four topic areas:

  1. Educational Equity: All people deserve equal access to education, but inequality is built into the system. How do we, as educators, social workers, prevention specialists, and support staff, work to correct these inequalities? How do we change the systems that allow some students to succeed while others slip through the cracks? What elements are necessary in an equitable education system? What role does trauma play in educational equity?
  2. Addiction in Context: Science has proven that addiction does not happen in a vacuum. Environmental factors like ACEs, toxic stress, lack of resiliency, lack of supportive relationships or community, all increase the likelihood of substance abuse and addiction in young people as they grow into adults. What can the world of prevention learn from this research? How can we incorporate this new understanding into our approach to preventing substance abuse and addiction?
  3. Building Community Resiliency: Resilient communities save lives. What innovative partnerships are you building that strengthen your community? How do community involvement and community relationships impact the youth you work with? What strategies can we learn and incorporate into our work that will strengthen ourselves and the communities we work with?
  4. Health and Wellness: Health is a lot more than what happens at the doctor’s office, especially in a world where healthcare is becoming less and less accessible. How are you making healthcare accessible to your community? And, how can we take care of ourselves in the midst of compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma?

 

 

For sponsorship or tabling opportunities, please contact Katie Hatam at khatam@thurstontogether.org, or by calling 360-493-2230 ext. 109