What’s Your Connection?
We all face tough times. Ongoing stress from tough times can lead to poor health and other challenges as the brain adapts to survive. Yet, science shows that caring relationships can change these outcomes.
Put down your smart phone and spend 15 minutes non-electronic time with a child
Share a meal or cup of coffee with friends
Contact a friend to ask how they are doing
Offer an encouraging smile to a parent whose child is throwing a tantrum at the store
Play a rule-based game with a young child
Introduce yourself to someone you’ve seen before in your neighborhood but never said hi to
Connect with a young parent and make a plan to do something (shopping, take a walk, lunch)
attend a Workshop
Our interactive, evidence-based workshops explains how stress impacts the brain and why relationships improve individual and community well-being. Attendees will leave with practical ideas for taking action in their work, faith, neighborhood and friend networks.
Watch a recorded webinar featuring the 20-minute Connections Matter presentation.
Request a general or an education-specific Connections Matter workshop in your community by clicking here.
If you are in North Carolina or West Virginia please use this form to request a Connections Matter workshop.
The following trained presenters will deliver presentations in your area:
Nola Aigner - Polk County Health Department, Polk County
Gladys Alvarez – Orchard Place Child Guidance Center, Polk County
Carrie Ausdemore - Boys Town of Iowa, Pottawattamie County
Tracy Beck - First Unitarian Church of Des Moines, Polk County
Jamie Beskow, RN BSN - Lee County Health Department, Lee County
Ana Coppola - Polk County Health Department, Polk County
Lisa Cushatt – Central Iowa ACEs 360 Coalition, Polk County
Dionne Daedlow - Cedar County Community Partnerships for Protecting Children, Cedar County
Kaci O'Day-Goldstein - Iowa Foster and Adoptive Parents Association, Polk County
Lana Herteen – Blank Children’s Hospital, Polk County
Lindsey Hornbaker – Child Abuse Council, Scott County
Tony J. Raymer – Polk County
Claire Richmond - Healthy Homes Des Moines, Polk County
Patricia Russmann – Promise Partners, Pottawattamie County
Dr. Amy Shriver - Blank Children's Hospital, Polk County
Shelley R. Smith - Families Making Connections, Floyd, Mitchell and Chickasaw counties
Ashlee Swinton – Youth Justice Initiative, Polk and Dallas counties
Michelle Walters - Building Families, Hamilton, Humboldt, Wright counties
Sarah Welch – Prevent Child Abuse Iowa, Polk County
Dana Yerington - CPPC & Iowa State University Extension, Muscatine County