We look forward to hosting you virtually on September 21 and 22, 2021 for the Resilient Iowa Workshop.

2020 was a year that brought about significant challenges for Iowans. We experienced unprecedented fear and isolation attributed to the Covid-19 pandemic; we witnessed widespread civil unrest connected to issues surrounding diversity and social justice; and we felt the physical, emotional and financial devastation that the August 10th derecho brought.

Now, it’s time to heal and celebrate our resiliency.

Resilient Iowa is an annual event that brings together diverse, statewide partners to share best practices in addressing the impact of trauma on health and wellbeing. Participants actively collaborate and discuss promising strategies for mitigating the impact of trauma and promoting resiliency. This event is designed to celebrate state and regional successes and promote networking across disciplines, settings and regions.

Please join us on September 21st and 22nd for this virtual event, as we come together to celebrate our collective work to promote resiliency and mitigate trauma. This year’s theme is “Healing Iowa – Actions that move the State from reactive approaches to proactive communities to enhance resilience.” We invite you to share in these collaborative conversations regarding Iowa’s efforts to heal and move forward.

In the interest of public health, this year’s event will be held completely online. There is no fee to participate, and all are welcome to join.

Alyssa Caldbeck, Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant, Drake University Head Start
Annette Koster, Program Director, Buena Vista, Crawford, Sac, Early Childhood Iowa
Dawn Sickelka DCAT and CPPC Coordinator for Lyon, Sioux, Plymouth, Cherokee, Ida and Buena Vista counties, Iowa Department of Human Services
Deb Gimer, Healthy Child Care Iowa Professional Development Coordinator, Iowa Department of Public Health
Holly Hanson, Ryan White Part B Program Manager, Iowa Department of Public Health
Kim Schroeder, Child Care Consultant, Mid-Sioux Opportunity, Inc.
Nicole Audas and Chandler Grosenheider, AmeriCorps Members
Rhonda Rairden-Nelson, Project LAUNCH Director, Iowa Department of Public Health
Steve Onken, Chair and Associate Professor, University of Missouri – Kansas City