Advancing Community Wellness Hubs Through Partnerships

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To address today’s evolving public health challenges, park and recreation professionals are becoming stewards of community wellness hubs — trusted gathering places that connect every member of the community to essential programs, services, and spaces that advance health equity, improve health outcomes and enhance quality of life. These wellness hubs look different in every community and are most successful when they build authentic and meaningful partnerships that work towards shared goals. Join us to learn more about the crucial role of community wellness hubs, the diversity of programs and services being offered, and the types of partnerships that can propel these models forward to create even greater impacts. 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Define the community wellness hub.
  2. Gain a clear understanding of why centering health equity is crucial to advancing community health and well-being.
  3. Learn about several partnership models being piloted within community wellness hub strategies, and partnership building approaches that are leading to successful, long-term relationships.

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Allison Colman (she/her)

Director of Health

National Recreation and Park Association

Allison Colman is the Director of Health for the National Recreation and Park Association on the Health and Wellness team.  Allison joined NRPA in 2015 and oversees the out-of-school time portfolio, including NRPA’s Commit to Health campaign and efforts to reduce childhood hunger through the USDA Child Nutrition programs. Allison also manages NRPA Parks for Inclusion initiative. Prior to joining NRPA, Allison worked in the recreation field facilitating health and wellness programs across all populations.  Combined with her work in other non-profits and organizations, Allison has extensive experience in public health and wellness program management and preventative health initiatives.   

Tiff Cunin (they/them)

Senior Program Manager, Health and Wellness Team

National Recreation and Park Association

Tiff Cunin (they/them) is the Senior Program Manager on the Health and Wellness Team at the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), where they manage various portfolios of work including healthy aging in parks and youth mentoring. They have more than 10 years of experience in physical activity and public health and are passionate about bridging innovative interdisciplinary approaches with public health practice to optimize health and well-being for our most vulnerable populations through physical activity, recreation, and play.

Tiff is also a PhD student in the Translational Health Sciences program at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Science. Their research is focused on knowledge translation that supports the development and implementation of evidence-based programs to improve health outcomes among transgender and gender non-binary older adults.

Additionally, they are an active member of the American Public Health Association’s (APHA’s), LGBTQ+ Health Caucus, GLMA (Health Professionals Advancing LGBTQ Equality), and WPATH (World Professional Association for Transgender Health).

Tiff is an outdoor enthusiast who loves to backpack, surf, snowboard, hike, camp and more. Tiff has lived all over the world, but currently calls Silver Spring, MD home, where they live with their partner and two cat children, Hobie and Sprinkles. 

Maureen Neumann (she/her)

Senior Program Manager

National Recreation and Park Association

Maureen Neumann is a Program Manager for the National Recreation and Park Association. As a part of the Health and Wellness team, she focuses on healthy out-of-school time programming and inclusive practices in parks and recreation. 

Bailee Hutchinson (she/her)

Branch Manager

Altus Public Library

Bailee Hutchinson is the Branch Manager of the Altus Public Library in Altus, Oklahoma. Bailee is passionate about libraries,  community engagement/partnership, and how the library is an important piece to a thriving community. 

Bailee’s background includes five years working in the mental health field in addition to the last five years working in libraries where she honed her skills in library leadership, marketing, and community engagement.  While working as Branch Manager Bailee helped plan, organize, and implement fundraisers for library programming, create a community StoryWalk®, oversee collection development, and more. 

Bailee currently serves as President-Elect of the Association of Rural & Small Libraries, Active member of the Oklahoma Library Association, and serves on the board for the Altus Rotary Club. 

Elesha Kingshott (she/her)

Founder and Principal Consultant

Kingshott Consulting, LLC

Elesha Kingshott works with organizations to ensure they have the strategy, financial resources, political support, and partnerships to achieve their goals. Elesha has worked to create mutually beneficial partnerships for public health and development programs at the local, state, national, and international levels for more than 15 years. Through this work, Elesha has created joint funding strategies, established multi-sectoral partnerships, and led the strategic planning for public-private partnerships. And, she has secured more than a half a billion dollars for health and development projects. Elesha has a Master of Public Health degree with a concentration on Health Policy and Financing from Johns Hopkins University and a Master of Social Work degree with a concentration on Nonprofit Management and Community Organization from the University of Maryland. She is a trained facilitator and project manager.

Erik Pearson (he/him)

Program/Facility Coordinator

City of Bloomington, Indiana - Parks and Recreation

Erik Pearson is a born and raised Hoosier having lived in Bloomington, Indiana all his life. After receiving his undergrad from the Indiana University-School of Public Health in 2015, Erik joined the City of Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department at the Banneker Community Center. As a historic building in Bloomington, Banneker originated as the Banneker School for "colored" students in 1915 and was later purchased by the City of Bloomington in 1954 after de-segregation to become a community center. Since that time Banneker has offered youth and family programs and events aimed at bringing people together and connecting residents to valuable resources and experiences. As the Program/Facility Coordinator, Erik oversees all programming and facility operations including after school programs, summer camps, family events, and community partnerships. 

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