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Focus, Center, and Activate: Supporting the Emotional and Mental Health of People We Serve | Rikki Gilmore-Byrd & Tuwana Evans


Health and wellness practitioners need to consider clients’ and learners’ overall emotional/mental wellness when designing wellness initiatives, training sessions, or courses. This consideration serves as a guide for setting expectations for participants, clients, and learners. Many years of research on how students’ social emotional state affects their ability to learn and grow will guide this interactive presentation. The session is designed to take participants through the process of how wellness professionals can support wellness initiative participants, clients, and learners individually, socially, and emotionally. We will explore and develop a plan for modifying wellness programs, trainings, or curriculum to support participants by connecting their lived experience through accommodations that support individuals where they are.

Following this session, participants will be able to:

  1. identify strategies to support wellness participants, clients, and learners individually, socially and emotionally.
  2. identify ways to modify current initiatives to connect participants with their lived experiences.
  3. assess strategies to support wellness participants, clients, and learners individually, socially and emotionally.

NOTE: "Registration" for individual sessions is not required. Once onsite, you may attend any sessions on the day(s) for which you are registered.


  • Rikki Gilmore-Byrd, MS, CHES, DrPh, NBC-HWC

    Dr. Rikki Gilmore-Byrd has focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion in health, wellness, and life. Certified as a health, wellness, and life coach, Rikki enjoys coaching people to become their best iteration of themselves. Dr. Rikki earned a Master of Science in Counseling, a Master of Public Health Degree, and a Doctor of Public Health focused on improving health communication through cultural humility to improve health equity. Rikki serves as Dean at Rasmussen University.

  • Tuwana Evans, PhD, LCSW

    Dr. Evans earned her PhD in Higher Education Administration from Illinois State University, a master’s degree in Social Work from The University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration, and her Bachelor’s in Sociology from Purdue University. She has her LCSW with the State of Illinois and has 23 years of experience in social services and higher education. These experiences include Head Start, practice in schools, child welfare, non-profit organizations, and higher education.

July 19, 2023
Wed 2:15 PM EDT
Room 2, 3rd Floor Individual session registration NOT required

Duration 1H 0M

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