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Extension Educator Contributes to New Learning Community

Later this month, University of Minnesota Extension Educator Ellie McCann will share her expertise with a new learning community of Minnesotans interested in building resilience and promoting mental well-being. She will do so via a webinar hosted by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) from 10 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, September 26.

MDH launched the Mental Well-Being and Resilience Learning Community in May 2017. Community members’ goal is to learn from each other about effective well-being strategies and practical implementation steps. To achieve this goal, MDH hosts a monthly, interactive statewide webinar and facilitates local discussions.

headshot of Ellie McCannThe webinars profile innovative strategies to promote mental well-being and resilience, emphasizing community-based and community-driven initiatives. Ellie’s work, as well as many others in Extension’s Center for Family Development, is closely tied to mental well-being and resilience. “I am grateful to MDH for starting this learning community, and I strongly urge my colleagues to join!” she said. “Together, we can learn and grow in our work much more effectively than on our own.”

In this month’s webinar, Ellie will share her experience with the Red River Resilience (RRR) coalition that came together after a record-setting flood that threatened the Fargo-Moorhead area in 2009. Ellie worked closely with RRR to develop a simple, clear, and consistent message to build individuals’ resilience.

To register for the September webinar and find a discussion group near you, visit this MDH web page: You’ll be asked to complete a short survey before registering.
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