Virtual conference

FREE virtual conference to explore the benefits of resiliency-based work practices

Newswise – The Workforce Resilience Improvement Project (WREP) will host a free virtual conference to explore the benefits of resiliency-based work practices on Tuesday, June 21, from 9 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. WREP is a collaboration between Chicago Community Workforce Development Organizations, the University of Chicago Medicine Urban Health Initiative, and the University of Chicago, supported by a grant from AT&T.

Anyone interested in working on resilience, but especially professionals in human resources, workforce development, employee well-being and career development, is invited to participate to discover the benefits of resilience-based work practices and ways to enhance systemic drivers of resilience.

Through this conference, titled “Resilient Employees Resilient Organizations: Trauma-Informed Workplace Practices that Meet Employees Needs and Help Organizations Excel”, WREP aims to strengthen the understanding and response of work readiness and development professionals to how the cognitive, psychological, emotional and behavioral effects of trauma can impair an individual’s ability to develop the skills, attitudes and habits necessary for successful employment.

Co-sponsored by the National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) Chicago, Kennedy Forum Illinois, and UChicago Medicine’s Urban Health Initiative, with support from AT&T, the conference will feature three panel discussions on the following topics:

  • Frontline Resilience, moderated by Alexa James, CEO, NAMI Chicago. This panel will explore the skills, resources and needs of people working in first responder spaces from their own perspective. The group will discuss the kinds of policies, practices and supports needed to build the natural resilience of this amazing group of people.
  • The Impact of Mental Health in the Workplace: Ending Stigma and Opening Access, moderated by Bernie Dyme, President and CEO, Perspectives Ltd. This session will focus on the importance of opening conversations about mental health in the workplace. The panelists will each discuss, from their positions and perspectives, how mental health stigma is not only harmful, but is not a good business decision.
  • Using an Equity Lens to Amplify the Impact of Resilience-Based Care Initiatives, moderated by Joel Jackson, Director of Inclusion and Equity Strategies, UChicago Medicine. Panelists will discuss what equity means, define systematic wellness, and identify actions employers can take to create positive, system-wide change that supports all employees.

“The widespread traumatic effects of COVID-19 mean that now, more than ever, workforce development and employment readiness professionals must be prepared to deal with the ways in which psychology

and emotional trauma can affect people’s ability to focus on educational and training opportunities, muster the self-motivation needed to seek and obtain employment, and engage in the self-regulation needed to retain a job,” said Brenda Battle, SVP, Community Health Transformation and chief equity officer at the University of Chicago Medicine.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for anyone involved or interested in resilience work to learn more about how these practices can positively impact employee success and well-being,” said Eileen Mitchell. , president of AT&T Illinois. “It’s especially great that one of the sessions focuses on the health and wellness needs of first responders, as they face challenges every day that we can’t begin to understand. Thank you, UChicago Medicine, the Kennedy Forum and NAMI Chicago for making this meaningful event possible.

To learn more about this virtual conference and the WREP, visit Click on here to register.

About our co-sponsors

The Kennedy Forum of Illinois mission is to end stigma and discrimination against people with mental health and addictions issues. Since its official launch in 2014, the Kennedy Forum Illinois has led an extensive advocacy campaign through public forums, task force meetings, community conversations and partnerships.

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Chicago has been fighting for families and individuals affected by mental health issues since 1979. The organization promotes community wellness, breaks down barriers to mental health care, and provides support and expertise to families, professionals and caregivers. individuals in Chicago and beyond.

Through our employee-inspired Believe Chicago® initiative, AT&T strives to provide opportunity in 19 neighborhoods across the city’s south and west. Since 2017, we’ve hired more than 650 residents of these neighborhoods into AT&T jobs, opened a new AT&T retail store in Englewood, supported resilience and trauma awareness for leaders of neighborhood organizations, and provided more than 40 internships. AT&T.

Urban Health Initiative (UHI) is the community health division of UChicago Medicine. He oversees population health management and community benefit programs, working with community health centers, community hospitals, community organizations, local schools, churches, and other groups. UHI’s goal is to bring a shared community approach to problem solving and meeting the health and social needs of the South Side and Southland communities. UHI maintains strong and lasting relationships with civic leaders, community organizations, health care providers, and residents to strategically improve health and access to quality care in Chicago’s South Side. Through our work transforming South Side health care, we are part of a collaboration of 13 care providers working to establish the South Side Healthy Community Organization, which aims to serve more than 400,000 residents with health care. health more transparent and more accessible. The model will add 90 primary care providers and midwifery hires, access to nearly 50 priority specialists, 250 community health workers and a connected technology platform.