2016 Program Details

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Agenda - Friday, April 21, 2017

8:00AM – 4:00PM

Preliminary Program – subject to change
8:00amRegistration Opens
Coffee & Networking
8:30amWelcome and Opening Remarks
9:00amCreating Civility: The Three A’s – Awareness, Authentic Conversations and Accountability
Deb Center
12:00pmLunch and Networking
12:45pmWorking off Stress: Inspiring Healthy Coping Skills through Authentic Practice
Josh Scott
2:00pmPeacemaking and Communicating Ethically
Darius Smith
4:00pmProgram Closure and Networking

REGISTRATION FEE: $105 per person

GROUP DISCOUNT: Groups of 7 can attend for the same price as 6 attendees. Discount is applied automatically on the registration form when all 7 people are registered together at the same time.

No refunds will be processed after this date.

Location & Commuter Incentives

Lowry Conference CenterCity Park Recreation Center

10455 N Sheridan Blvd
Westminster, CO 80020
(303) 460-9690
Directions & Map

Carpool/Bike/Transit/Walk for Prizes

We are incentivizing alternative transportation to limit our parking presence, as well as to encourage environmental responsibility. All participants who carpool, use transit, and/or walk or bike to this event will be entered into a drawing to win prizes, including:

carpool bike transit walk for prizes


9:00 a.m. - Creating Civility:  The Three A's - Awareness, Authentic Conversations and Accountability

9:00 a.m. - Creating Civility: The Three A's - Awareness, Authentic Conversations and Accountability

Deb Center
Colorado Center for Nursing Excellence

Incivility and bullying have escalated to unprecedented levels in our workplace and society causing profound costs to individual and organizational health and resiliency. According to Bob Waller, former Board Chair for the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, “Everything starts with civility. Unless we take action to protect and nurture civility, none of the other necessary changes will take root.” Unfortunately, many leaders do not have the tools or skills to turn this around and create a civil environment. During this highly interactive session, Deb will explain the cost of incivility in order to grow leader awareness, ability to hold authentic conversations and build accountability for civility. Participants will practice using several tools essential for creating civility in their personal and professional lives.

Ms. Deb Center is the Education Program Director and Project Director at the Colorado Center for Nursing Excellence.

Deb Center’s Biography

12:45 p.m. - Working off Stress: Inspiring Healthy Coping Skills through Authentic Practice

12:45 p.m. - Working off Stress: Inspiring Healthy Coping Skills through Authentic Practice

Josh Scott
Colorado School of Public Health

Workplace stress is often cited as the number one factor affecting employee well-being. From culture change to individual tactics, there are many strategies for addressing this issue. However, there are two things that we know for sure; doing something is better than nothing, and doing nothing will perpetuate how employees are feeling — hopeless. Through effective modeling, leaders empower individuals to take action towards managing stress. During this interactive workshop, we will practice simple, healthy coping skills and increase individual awareness of leadership impact on employees’ stress.

Mr. Joshua Scott is Director of Continuing Education for the Center for Health, Work and Environment; Director of Education for Health Links Colorado, and an instructor in the Colorado School of Public Health for the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health.

Joshua Scott’s Biography

2:00 p.m. - Peacemaking and Communicating Ethically

2:00 p.m. - Peacemaking and Communicating Ethically

Darius Smith
City of Denver

How has your constructed personal identity changed through time as a result of your family background, culture, life experiences, professional responsibilities, and age? Darius tells his story of self-determination through his Navajo and African-American experience and how he facilitates resolution of civil rights discrimination complaints by utilizing the Indigenous form of “Peacemaking”. Darius draws from deep cultural connections – making sense of cultural intersections and how that plays out in social, economic, professional and systems areas. He’ll share his common sense interview techniques of how he uses motivational interviewing when working with the community and how ethical communication is the key to true dialogue. Darius makes these methods relevant to enable public health workers to “dialog across differences in order to take it to the workplace and the community.”

Mr. Darius Smith is the Director of the Anti-Discrimination Office at the City of Denver.

Darius Smith’s Biography

CHES Credits

The Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE), including its chapters, is a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. An Application is pending for this program to be designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES) to receive up to 5.5 total Category I Continuing Education Contact Hours (CECH). Maximum Advanced-level continuing education contact hours available are 5.5.

Lunch Choices

Lunch Choices: (must be selected at time of registration)
  • Roasted Turkey on Multigrain Bread – roasted turkey breast, goat cheese, pesto aioli, and crisp watercress on multigrain bread.
  • Hummus Wrap in Spinach Tortilla (Vegetarian) – Layers of hummus, tomatoes, lettuce, artichokes, grilled zucchini and squash, red peppers and onion in a spinach tortilla, with tzatziki sauce on the side. 
  • Seared Wild Salmon Salad (Gluten Free) – seared wild salmon salad with fresh dill on a cucumber-tomato-fennel salad.
  • Quinoa and Vegetable Salad (Vegetarian and Gluten Free) – quinoa and vegetable salad with garbanzo beans, fresh basil, sweet corn, diced tomtoes, red bell pepper, and kalamata olives dressed with a fresh lime and virgin olive oil vinaigrette.

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LIFE Participant Quotes

  • “I loved every single workshop. I enjoyed continuity between the [different workshop sessions], and the inspiration factor in [the speakers’] presentation!”

  • “The topics were excellent this year!”

  • “I will view this opportunity to each year continue to learn, grow and integrate new knowledge for effective leadership.”

  • “[What I liked best was] the forum for networking, reconnecting with classmates, and adding more skills to practice.”

  • “It was great!”

  • “What did I like best?
    Networking, and being around so many positive, motivated people.”

  • “It really rejuvenates me and refreshes my memory on things I learned in my RIHEL class, plus it adds great new knowledge/skills. I hope I’llhave the opportunity to continue to come.”

  • “There were things I heard in the presentations that were very significant to helping me with things I am working on right now.”

  • “I liked the entire event.”

  • “As usual, great, relevant topics presented by engaging, caring people.”

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