Facilitating Trauma-Informed Practice in Health Education
This session is supported by SAGE Publications.
Creating trauma-informed health education professionals that can be change agents in their classrooms, schools, and communities requires pre-professional training in college and ongoing continuing education in the workplace. This skill-building session will help to prepare participants to support other health educators in developing trauma-informed and trauma-sensitive practices integrated within a Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child approach.
1. Apply skills and strategies to facilitate trauma-informed and trauma-sensitive pre-professional and professional development programming integrated within a Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child approach.
2. Discuss the importance of self-care for personal well-being and to minimize potential impacts of vicarious trauma that can occur when engaging in trauma-informed work.
Dr. Amy Estlund, PhD
Amy Estlund earned a B.S. in Biomedical Sciences from Marquette University and an MPH in Behavioral Science from Emory University. She worked in health education, youth development, and program management in the non-profit sector for eight years in Atlanta and rural Georgia. She then transitioned to Community-Based Participatory Research at Saint Louis University, followed by clinical research at Washington University in St Louis School of Medicine. She completed her PhD in Public Health from Saint Louis University. Her research interests focus on sexual and reproductive health, school health and culture, health policy, and dissemination and implementation.
Tammy Wynard, MS
Health Sciences Chair, Assist Prof, Program Dir Trauma Informed Practices Graduate Certificate
North Central College
A creative public health and education advocate with experience in the areas of teaching, leadership, curriculum mapping, sexual health education, and trauma informed practices. Tammy?s research agenda focuses on the professional preparation of knowledge and skills related to trauma informed practices with those planning on working in the education, human service, and health disciplines, or those that are already employed. She is the founder and Director for the Trauma Informed Educational Practices for Children and Adolescents Certificate Program designed to create change agents in the community and schools related to trauma. Tammy earned an undergraduate degree in Community Health Education from Illinois State University and a graduate degree in School and College Health Education from Indiana University. She has enjoyed a diverse work experience as a Health Educator in both Public Health and School Health having worked for a large health department, in a hospital setting, and as middle and high school health education teacher. These hands-on, real world experiences lead Tammy to higher education where she began preparing the next cadre of health and education professionals, while continuing to consult with community leaders on how to create positive change so children and families can thrive.
Sarah Benes, EdD, MPH, CHES®
Associate Clinical Professor
Sarah Sparrow Benes, EdD, MPH, CHES, is an Associate Clinical Professor in the School of Health Sciences at Merrimack College. Dr. Benes teaches a variety of undergraduate- and graduate-level courses in health sciences, does service projects in local communities, and conducts research on health education and physical activity in schools. Dr. Benes was the program director for physical and health education programs at Boston University for six years before coming to Merrimack College. She has numerous publications in refereed journals and has written chapters examining health education; she has also made more than a dozen presentations on skills-based health education and related topics at state and regional conferences. Sarah is currently serving on the Board of Directors of SHAPE America and is the former vice president of health education for the Massachusetts Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. Dr. Benes consults with school districts on health and wellness issues, with a focus on skills-based curriculum development and implementation. She is a certified health education specialist, a certified Mental Health First Aid instructor, and certified yoga instructor. Sarah received a bachelor’s degree in athletic training from the University of Connecticut, a master’s degree in education from Boston University, and a doctorate in curriculum and teaching from Boston University, and a Master's in Public Health from UMASS Amherst. She lives in Natick, Massachusetts, with her husband, two daughters, and yellow Labrador retriever. She enjoys spending time with her family on nature walks and enjoying the sights and sounds of the Northeast.
Kevin Lorson, PhD, MA
Professor, Health & Physical Education Program Director
Wright State University
Dr. Kevin Lorson is a Professor of Health and Physical Education at Wright State University. Kevin is the Principal Investigator for the Health and Opioid Prevention Education (HOPE) Curriculum and the Health, a K-12 health education curriculum for opioid prevention. He also leads the Health, Opioid Prevention, Education and Supports (HOPES) in Schools Project to develop whole child supports in school districts. He has received awards from the Ohio Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance; Ohio Society of Public Health Education; and the Ohio Department of Higher Education for his efforts to improve student health and well-being.