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Appalachian Health Summit

Each year Live Healthy Appalachia (LHA) brings experts in various health fields to Athens, Ohio to further the professional development of local physicians, nurses, health educators, and interested community members. Since its inception, LHA has hosted six Appalachian Health Summits with topics ranging from lifestyle medicine to diabetes prevention. This year, LHA’s seventh summit will focus on Trauma-Informed Care (TIC).

  • This year’s Appalachian Health Summit will focus on how trauma-informed (TIC) practices support healthy communities. Presentations will define trauma and address the demand for TIC in rural communities, share best practices, and explore linkages between trauma and long-term health outcomes in rural Appalachia. Participants will leave with tools and strategies for implementing TIC practices in professional and personal settings as a means of improving the long-term health and well-being of the communities they serve.


    8:00am-8:45am – Registration & Free Health Screens
    8:45am-9:00am – Welcome & Introduction: Heidi Fischer, LHA Executive Director
    9:00am-9:45am – Summit Keynote: An Interactive Overview of Trauma Informed Care, Jennifer Schwirian, LISW, Clinical Director, Appalachian Behavioral Health
    9:45am-10:00am – Break
    10:00am-11:00am – Exploring Trauma and Health: Dawn Graham, Assistant Professor of Social Medicine (Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine)
    11:00am-11:30am – Lunch Served
    11:30am-12:45pm – Lunch Panel: Local Providers Sharing TIC Best Practices, Moderated by Rebecca Miller, Senior Director of Public Relations (Ohio University College of Health Sciences & Professions)
    - Mandy Wright, Athens County Children Services School Outreach Supervisor
    - Nick Tepe, Athens County Public Libraries, Director
    - Jen Seifert, Executive Director, Survivor Advocacy Outreach Program
    - Jenny Stotts, Executive Director, Athens CASA/GAL Program
    12:45pm-1:00pm – Break
    1:00pm-2:00pm – Long Term Effects of Trauma on Health and Wellness: Geneva Sanford, Grant Medical Center Trauma Services
    2:00pm-2:15pm – Break
    2:15pm-3:00pm – Trauma Release Exercises with DJ Fuller (TBC), Certified TRE Provider, Owner of Seasons Holistic Arts and Co-Owner Athens Yoga, ERYT-200, RYT-500, YACEP
    3:00pm-3:15pm – Closing Remarks & Evaluations

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