Evansville Mind-Body Medicine Workshop

November 4, 2022

Generously supported by: The Herbert Simon Family Foundation

In late October, a team of CMBM Faculty and Staff members headed to Evansville, Indiana for a mind-body medicine workshop at St. Vincent Ascension Hospital. The workshop brought together diverse members of the Evansville community to experience CMBM’s evidence-based model of self-care and mutual support. CMBM Faculty and Staff collaborated with local partners to share mind-body techniques, discuss next steps for a program, and strategize about how mind-body medicine can help with significant community issues, including gun violence, stress in the workplace, student distress, and first responder challenges.

Our collaboration with local leaders in Evansville extends our longtime partnership with Indianapolis’ Eskenazi Health (EH), who we’ve been working with since 2015. Recognizing the fruitful benefits of the cooperative model for self-care and sustainable group support, our EH and Indy team members have created “The Hoosier Heartland Healing Collaborative” (HHHC), an ongoing community-focused effort to address violence, addiction, and chronic stress for Indianapolis’s diverse population through mind-body medicine techniques. HHHC provides community and public participants with tools and skills for stress- and trauma-relief, along with the capabilities for building resilience. Our workshop at St. Vincent Ascension Hospital brings HHHC’s mission three hours south on Interstate 69, sharing the success of our Indianapolis team with our new partners in Evansville.

We thank our amazing Faculty and Staff who, in collaboration with our local partners, made the workshop a success: Faculty members Lindiwe F. Greenwood, MD, FAAFP; Bishop Robert Lyons, M.Div. BCC, CPES; and Megan Hider, MS; and CMBM Staff, Director of Development Jennifer Pelton, MA, CFRE; and Project Manager Sheliese Smith.

Our workshop day was capped off with a bright rainbow–an inspiring symbol of the healing and possibilities ahead for the Evansville community. We are excited to help broaden HHHC’s scope, building health and resilience throughout the Hoosier State.