Join us for Community Conversations held at English Lutheran Church every third Wednesday. The upcoming Conversation is with Heather Quakenboss and Diana DiazGranados. We will meet from noon until 1:00 p.m. and a box lunch is served (with a free will offering for the lunch).
If possible, please pre-register with the “Register Here” button on this page so we know how many lunches to prepare. These monthly conversations are sponsored by the Interfaith Leaders’ Coalition and hosted by English Lutheran Church.
The theme for this conversation is “Better Together”. Better Together is a collaborative community project to improve behavioral health in our community. Over the last year, Better Together has created a 4-strategy plan to: improve resilience and social connectedness in youth, increase the capacity of informal supports, improve system integration, and improve awareness and attitudes about mental wellness.
Every person in our community could “be the one” person that helps someone. This Community Conversations' session will look at the Better Together strategies and give you some information, skills, and tools about mental wellness and how you can help someone who may be having a mental health crisis.
Diana DiazGranados MSW, MPH is the Project Evaluator and certified Mental Health First Aid trainer for Better Together. Her degrees are from Columbia University, School of Social Work and School of Public Health. She started her career as a community health volunteer in the US Peace Corps in Lesotho, Southern Africa. Diana has worked on a variety of public health issues including adolescent reproductive health, HIV prevention, human trafficking, disease outbreaks, disaster relief, and post-war trauma. She has a passion for making implementation research and project evaluation practical and user-friendly.
Heather Quackenboss, MS, has been passionate about mental health ever since she can remember. While it was never called mental illness, looking back, she saw how it affected people in her life and how important mental wellness truly was, and is. Heather has worked with people throughout her career in a variety of places: The Federal Medical Center in Rochester, Lakeview Health Care, Coulee Council on Addictions, schools, La Crosse Community Foundation, and the general community. In each, she has witnessed how important relationships are as a foundation to learning, helping, and growing. Heather works as the Project Coordinator for Better Together and has an MS in Therapeutic Recreation from the University of Wisconsin in La Crosse.
We welcome all who want to make a difference.
Lunch is provided. Free-will offering is appreciated.
Registration is not required, but encouraged.
In an effort to strengthen our community, Community Conversations looks to engage citizens in thoughtful, theological, non-partisan and non-political discussion about local economic and social issues. We invite anyone who is interested in making a difference.”