Past Events

Secondary Trauma: Building Resilience in Times of High Stress

October 24, 2019

Dave Mathews, licensed therapist and program manager with People Incorporated presented on Secondary Trauma. Attendees learned what Secondary Trauma is, awareness and signs that may indicate someone is struggling with the impact of Secondary Trauma and tools for building personal resiliency. Renee Rosenberg, EMS Operations Supervisor and Joan Mellor, Director External Affairs with Allina Health Emergency Medical Services spoke about what Allina is doing to help their first responders deal with secondary trauma. 

Homelessness: Realities & Resources

October 4, 2018

Johnna Krantz, Program Director of Stepping Stone Emergency Housing & Chair of Heading Home Anoka, Michele Reid, Housing Program Coordinator with Anoka County, Sue Rosendahl, Lead Social Worker with The Salvation Army and Tnanita Hatley, Youth Support Program Manager with the YMCA presented on the realities of homelessness in Anoka County and provided information on resources available.

Domestic Violence: Myths & Realities

October 5, 2017

Connie Moore, Executive Director of Alexander House and Jess Cheney, Community Education Coordinator at Alexandra House spoke about domestic violence.

Restorative Justice Practices: Transforming our Community

September 27, 2016

Nancy Riestenberg, Restorative Justice Specialist, presented on how Restorative Justice practices in the Education setting can help serve as transferable skills in healing our community.  This event was held at the City of Fridley Municipal Center

Hunger in Minnesota

May 2, 2019

Coleen Moriarty, Executive Director, Hunger Solutions spoke on what progress Hunger Solutions is doing to end hunger in Minnesota. Four panelists from Anoka County - Annabelle Budde, Executive Director of NACE Food Shelf, Jeff Lundgren, Executive Director of North Metro Pediatrics, Sonja Traisci, Anoka County Economic Assistance, and Jessica Jasurda, Homeless Liaison with Anoka-Hennepin Schools also spoke about what their organizations are doing to fight hunger in Anoka County.

Religious Differences, Common Bonds

May 3, 2018

John Emery, Speaker for the Islamic Resource Group, Asma Mohammed Nizami, Program Manager for the Reviving The Islamic Sisterhood for Empowerment (RISE) and Kausar Hussain, Board President, Islamic Center of Minnesota presented on the basic tentants of Islam and the religious practices performed by practicing Muslims.

School Based Mental Health in MN: What We've Learned and Where We're Going

May 18, 2017

Dr. Mark Sander, Director of School Mental Health, Hennepin County and Minneapolis Public Schools spoke about how the school mental health movement in Minnesota is impacting students and families in the Anoka County Community

Putting Compassion Into Action

February 7, 2019

Jaime McKenzie, Senior Program Manager for Social Responsibility at UnitedHealthcare spoke about how UnitedHealthcare is doing good in the commununity with their Do good. Live Well initiative and the effects of how volunteering is good for you.

Innovative and Collaborative Programs Engaging Youth in Anoka County

February 15, 2018

Five panelists presented on the different programs offered to youth in Anoka County. 

The Heroin/Opioid Addiction Crisis: A Community Response

February 16, 2017

Sheriff James Stuart, Sherriff of Anoka County, spoke about the opioid addiction crisis in Anoka County. He was joined by James Stuart, FBI Counsel Jeffery Van Nest & The Jakes Sake Foundation. They spoke about what is being done locally to address this crisis.

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