It Takes a Village - Free Community Workshop in Minocqua

Turning Your Feeling of Compassion into Action: It Takes A Village Community Conference

In our increasingly complex world, caring individuals and communities can make an important impact by reaching out to guide and support those facing health care crises. Working together and understanding the many resources available can empower us to help our family, friends and neighbors remain at home as long as possible. It takes a village, but together we can do it.

According to Randi Danner, Volunteer and Community Outreach Coordinator for Dr. Kate Hospice, “Many people report not knowing how to effectively turn their sincere compassion for individuals and families facing a health care crisis into helpful action.  It Takes A Village Community Conference was created to provide compassionate people with information, understanding, skills and increased knowledge of area resources with the hope that this would empower them to reach out with greater confidence and improved impact. If you have a friend, family, neighbor or co worker, this conference is designed for you.”

This is the 5th year for this very popular event, titled It Takes a Village, and it will take place Saturday, April 27, 2013, 9am-12:30pm (registration 8:30am) at The Pointe Hotel & Suites, 8269 Hwy 51 South in Minocqua (just south of the Minocqua Island bridge). Changes have been made this year in the morning’s schedule to accommodate the increasing attendance.

Megan Hunt - Certified Patient Advocate and Founder of Mystery Angel Patient Advocacy - will provide opening remarks titled “When It Don’t Come Easy”.   The morning will close with a second presentation by Megan Hunt entitled “Shake the Dust: Choosing Optimism through Goal Setting” Throughout the morning you may visit A Taste of Resources – an opportunity to browse the displays by area organizations, gathering resources and networking while nibbling on delicious treats.

The morning’s powerful breakout sessions will be presented by professionals from throughout the area. Choices will include presentations titled: Living beyond Cancer: Survivorship (Diane Tatrow, Hematology/Oncology Nurse Practitioner) and Taking Charge of Your Health Care Journey (Geri Heppe, MS, Gerontologist) OR Sadness at End of Life – or is it Depression?(Dr. Maria Charlotte Alvarez, Family Medicine) and Shifting Sands: End of Life Decision Making (Leslie Schmidt, MSSW, MA-Bioethics).

This special workshop is open to everyone in the community at no cost, thanks to the generosity of area agencies, organizations, and businesses. Space is limited, so pre-registration is required by April 24th. For registration information, contact Randi Danner at Dr. Kate Hospice, 715-356-8805 or 


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