Community Wellness Hubs: A Public Health Solution
Includes a Live Event on 07/14/2022 at 2:00 PM (EDT)
How has access to parks and recreation influenced your personal health and well-being? How has it impacted your communities? Join NRPA for an exploration of the many ways parks and recreation influences health. Attendees will be guided through NRPA’s new Community Wellness Hub toolkit and its overall vision including key concepts, definitions and examples of health equity and systems change approaches across NRPA’s seven dimensions of well-being. Several agencies that have developed Community Wellness Hubs will join to share their lessons learned, the impact this work made on their community, and how they are sustaining their work moving forward.
Allison Colman (she/her)
Director of Health
National Recreation and Park Association
Allison Colman is Director of Health at the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA). For over a decade, Ms. Colman has led the development and implementation of evidence-based public health initiatives and built cross-sector collaborations to advance innovative, community-driven, systems-change strategies that improve community health and well-being. Her work lies at the intersection of public health, social justice, and social change, with the goal of ensuring that all people have the opportunity to truly thrive.
Ayanna Williams (she/her)
City of Ozark- Ozark Leisure Services
My name is Ayanna Williams, I am a 37 year old mother of 3. I have lived in Ozark, Alabama approximately 6 years. I have truly enjoyed being a part of the community, knowing people, and being able to be a part of all the great people who want to help and see the best for our community. I went to school at Troy University for Psychology with minor in Applied Behavioral Analysis and my goal is to go further for my Masters as a BCBA.
Carol Zernial (she/her)
Senior Vice President Social Responsibility and Foundation Executive Director
WellMed Medical Management
Carol Zernial, MA is a nationally recognized gerontologist who was named one of the nation’s Top 50 Influencers in Aging by Next Avenue, the digital journalism arm of the PBS System. Carol has been involved in the field of aging for over 25 years. She holds a master's degree in social gerontology.
Carol currently serves as Executive Director of the WellMed Charitable Foundation. She serves on the RAISE Family Caregiving Advisory Council under President Biden and is Past Chair of the Board of Directors for the National Council on the Aging. She is the co-host of the podcast Caregiver SOS on Air.
In 2021, Carol was selected as one of the Top 50 Corporate Social Responsibility Leaders by the National Diversity and Leadership Conference. In 2020, she received the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation/National Recreation and Park Association Innovation Award for Health Equity.
Carol was a delegate to the White House Conference on Aging in 2015 under President Obama and 2005 under President George W. Bush. She was named the Outstanding Professional in Aging in Texas 2008 for her work in evidence-based disease prevention and health promotion.
Shelly Strasser (she/her)
Director of Recreation and Community Services
West Allis-West Milwaukee School District
Vhelly has been in the field of Recreation for over 25 years. She is the Director for the West Allis-West Milwaukee Recreation and Community Services Department, where she has served in the role for the past 14 years. She leads a team of 14 full time staff and 300+ part time/seasonal employees in a community of approximately 64,000. Shelly is the current President of the Wisconsin Park and Recreation Association.