Session Title: The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program: Building Awareness and Collaboration

In this Roundtable Discussion, participants will learn about the efforts of the Gateway Region YMCA in addressing chronic disease prevention – specifically diabetes prevention.  Learn the ins and outs of this evidence-based program and participate in a discussion on how to build awareness for chronic disease prevention programs in Neighborhoods & Communities, Worksites, Faith-based, Schools, Non-for-profits & Special Interest Alliances. We will also discuss possible collaboration efforts within each of the target audience groups.

Session Facilitators: 

   Joyce Hoth, MEd, Community Health Director, Gateway Region YMCA   

Session Objectives

  1. To learn about select community initiatives (YMCA’s DPP) and what they’re trying to achieve.
  2. To learn about successful strategies and best practices for addressing diabetes as a health priority.
  3. To discuss the sustainability of the program and share ideas for enhancement.
  4. To identify opportunities for collaboration with other attendees.

 Session Slides and Handouts:

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TitleAdolescent Health developments – A Roundtable Discussion

Our local adolescent population is faced with so many issues that can lead to risky behaviors.  Local rates of teen pregnancy, STI’s, substance abuse, mental health, body image, and family violence can be alarming and disheartening.   Learn about the concerns our youth are encountering and collaborate with other community partners to build positive assets among our youth.  Become familiar with the host of youth-oriented groups and coalitions in our area and what you can do to make a difference.     

Session Facilitators:
Katie Koetting, BS, Adolescent Health Coordinator, St. Clair County Health Department

Kelsey Saragnese, BS, Community Mobilization Coordinator, Teen Pregnancy & Prevention Partnership and Better Family Life, Inc., St. Louis, Mo.   

Session Objectives 

  1. To identify prominent health and wellness issues the adolescent population is currently struggling with.
  2. To share and promote the current agencies, coalitions, movements, etc. that are currently working to serve the adolescent population.
  3. To discuss and brainstorm possible solutions the community can implement to support youth that will decrease risk factors and increase protective factors.
Session Slides and Handouts:
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Session TitleHealth and Wholeness: the spirituality-health connection

Is greater community health a “ministry”? What is the role of faith in our overall health?  How are spirituality and health connected? How can faith communities develop – or partner - in health ministries? How do I talk to the members and/or staff or my church about the health-faith connection? This session will discuss these questions, share best practices, and provide additional resources to explore after the summit is over.

Session Facilitator(s):

The Reverend Margaret Anne Overstreet - Minister of Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (USA);  Certified Health Coach; Founder and Director of the Wellness Resource Center of Southern Illinois; Founder and Editor of 40 Days for Food Justice  

Session Objectives 

  1. To greater understand the role of faith in overall individual health, using the image of a “wellness wheel”;      
  2. To learn and process the steps to beginning health-faith conversations, partnerships and/or ministries in one’s personal community of faith; and,
  3. To connect with others who are seeking to promote individual and community health and spirituality, and to explore ways to continue the health-faith conversation.
Session Slides and Handouts
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Session TitlePrecious Loss: It takes a community to prevent infant deaths in St. Clair County

St. Clair County has an alarmingly high infant mortality rate during the first year of life. Learn about a program in Missouri that uses community resources to prevent these infant deaths and learn how you can collaborate with other community partners to prevent these tragic deaths in your own community.

Session Facilitator(s): 

Cynthia Price, MPH, Healthy Start Program Manager, Southern Illinois Healthcare Foundation

Dr. Pamela K. Xaverius, Associate Professor of Epidemiology & Director of MCH-MPH Program, College of Public Health and Social Justice, St. Louis University

Session Objectives 

  1. To recall and describe the incidence and causes of infant deaths in St. Clair County.
  2. To describe a best practice and successful community strategy to prevent infant deaths.
  3. To identify activities and opportunities to collaborate with other community partners to prevent infant deaths. 

 Session Slides and Handouts:

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Session Title: Building Livable Communities for All Ages

Efforts to make cities and communities around the country more livable for people as they age have been promoted under numerous titles—Livable Communities, Age/ing-Friendly Cities or Communities, Communities for All Ages, Lifelong Communities and more. Learn practical, hands-on approaches to address this topic in your community.  Learn what is working and best practices that can be used in your community to assure it is livable for all ages.

Session Facilitators:
Joy Paeth, Chief Executive Officer, AgeSmart Community Resources   

Session Objectives 

  1. To learn what is meant by "a livable community."
  2. To learn how to identify "a livable community."
  3. To learn about tools for assessing a community's "livability."   

Session Slides and Handouts: 

  • Coming soon

Session Title: Making a difference in STI/HIV rates in St. Clair County through advisory group involvement

The rates of sexually transmitted and needle sharing infections and diseases in St. Clair County are alarming.  HIV and Chlamydia rates are the second highest in the State.  Significant changes in these rates are critical, but require involvement from a wide-range of community members and groups.  The Southwestern Illinois STI/HIV Advisory Group is on a mission to make changes that will not only impact the STI/HIV rates in St. Clair County but the overall health ranking of St. Clair County in the State of Illinois.   This session will discuss how neighborhood and community members, employers, faith-based leaders, school leadership, non-for-profit staff and special interest alliance group members can have an impact on the STI/HIV rates in St. Clair County.


Session Facilitators:
Tina Markovich, MBA, BS, HIV Program Manager, St. Clair County Health Department/Southwestern Illinois HIV Care Connect

Marsha Wild, RN, MS, Director of Communicable Disease, St. Clair County Health Department   

Session Objectives 

  1. To learn how to inform friends, family members, co-workers and the community that STI’s and HIV are a real problem in St. Clair County.
  2. To understand the impact they can have on the STI/HIV rates in St. Clair County.
  3. To become part of the movement toward decreasing the STI/HIV rates in St. Clair County over the next five years.  

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Session TitleBringing Light to the Topic of Suicide

Suicide is a taboo topic in many cultures, but in order to begin addressing this public health concern, light must be shed on the topic, the causes, and the resources available to those suffering. In addition, families, friends, teachers, coaches, members of the community must be educated about warning signs and what to do if they believe someone is suicidal. The topic of suicide and preventative measures affect the entire community. A death by suicide is devastating to everyone in the victims’ life. It leaves questions of why did someone choose suicide and oftentimes, many survivors lacked the knowledge and education regarding warning signs. Neighborhoods and communities need to know that there are people out there suffering and what to look for. Other groups could help bridge the gap between mental health issues, substance abuse, and providing resources for those most at-risk, as well as those left behind after a suicide.  QPR (Question, Persuade and Refer) has been one of the St. Clair County Suicide Prevention Alliances prevention strategies aimed at educating residents community-wide on how to question, persuade and refer a person at risk of suicide for help.

Session Facilitators: 

Debbie Humphrey, R.N. B.S.N. MBA is the Associate Director of the St. Clair County Mental Health Board

Dr. Olivia Johnson, National POLICE Suicide Foundation, and Member, St. Clair County Suicide Prevention Alliance

Tom Smith, Co-Founder & President, Karla Smith Foundation  

Session Objectives 

  1. To understand the prevalence and suicide-health risk for St. Clair County
  2. To recognize warning signs of suicidal ideations and risk factors that increase suicide risk
  3. To learn about suicide prevention strategies and QPR
  4. To network with local agencies, organizations, and resources to build collaboration and to assist in expanding the outreach of QPR and suicide prevention strategies 

 Session Slides and Handouts:

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Session TitleExploring the Connection Between Violence, Trauma, and Substance Use and Prevention Strategies

St. Clair County has a high incident of violence, trauma and opioid and heroin use-addictions. Psychological trauma is experienced by various types of violence, victims of crimes, domestic violence, and abuse.  Over the last few years, the definition of psychological trauma has been broadened to include traumatic experiences such as physical abuse, sexual abuse, and verbal abuse.  There is evidence that victims who survive trauma and abuse have higher rates of mental illness and substance abuse than the general population.

Session Facilitator and Panelists: 

Evan Krauss, MSW, United Way, Director, East Side Aligned (Facilitator)

Melanie Nagel. BS, Drug-Free Communities Partnership, Coalition Coordinator II, Chestnut Health Systems (Panelist)

Kristin Grant, Prevention Specialist II, Chestnut Health Systems (Panelist)

Chris Norton, Chestnut Health Systems (Panelist)

Emma Melvin, Director of Wellness Recovery Services, Chestnut Health Systems (Panelist)  

Session Objectives 

  1. To understand the prevalence of violence in St. Clair County and the impact of violence and trauma in increasing risks of mental health issues and substance use; 
  2. To learn about violence, mental health, and substance use prevention strategies; and,
  3. To network with local agencies, organizations, and resources to build collaboration and to assist in expanding the outreach of current violence, trauma and substance use treatment and prevention coalitions. 

Session Slides and Handouts:

  • Coming Soon

Breakout Session Objectives

At the breakout sessions, you will…

  1. Learn about a community program and what it’s trying to achieve.
  2. Learn about successful strategies and best practices for addressing the health priority.
  3. Discuss the sustainability of the program and share ideas for enhancement.
  4. Identify opportunities for collaboration with other attendees.
  5. List concrete action steps for you and/or your organization to address the health priority.