Some of our featured guests at "MWP Conversations: Healing in Community" were asked to suggest action steps and resources for change. 

  • Advocate and writer Chris Stark: Attend  the “Demand the Change” conference March 8, 2019, in St. Paul, hosted by Breaking Free. The focus is prostituted and trafficked Black and Indigenous women. 
  • Ashley Powell, teenage reporter, Trauma Troopers: Teenagers need more access to youth-focused programs in order to release their trauma. 
  • Patrice Salmeri, Augsburg Recovery Center: Supportrecovery resources, including continuing care after people have left treatment. “Treatment is only the beginning. What happens afterwards is crucial. We need housing assistance, sober houses, insurance coverage, continuing care, therapy, self-help meetings, employment, food, shelter, and clothing.” 
  • Kim Albers, Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation: We advocate for many issues at the state and federal level. Join us to direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services to assess the adequateness and uniformity of addiction treatment education and training in medical schools; encourage greater integration of specialty addiction care; urge comprehensive linkages to community-based recovery support throughout the continuum of care. 

  • Libby Bergman, Family Enhancement Center: Support the need for government-funded programs that target education of parents and families, in an effort to prevent child sexual abuse. There is no funding stream to assist child survivors who are under- or uninsured. We have many schools offering prevention education to children and youth. However, studies show that educating parents in addition to youth is more effective.  
  • Sylvia Bartley, author “Turning the Tide,” Medtronic global director: Consider meditation as a response to what I call FEAR (False Evidence Appearing Real). “When we recognize danger and react appropriately, fear is warranted as the body physiologically prepares for flight or fight. Our ability to assess a bad situation is necessary to keep safe and is the real purpose of fear. Meditation can indirectly help to control fear by reducing levels of anxiety and stress.”