Screen Shot 2019-09-01 at 13.44.32.pngFriends and Colleagues:

Just to let you know, that I will be presenting “Avoiding burnout and increasing resilience and wellness for CHW” (track: Self-care for community health workers and other healthcare professional), at the 9th Annual FL Community Health Worker (CHW) Summit  on September 12-13, 2019 at the Lake Mary Community Center located at 140 E. Wilbur Avenue, Lake Mary, Florida 32746.
Attached please find a copy of my presentation [*see note below]. Have a great weekend!!


Marco Meneses
Bachelor of Science in Nutrition
Master of Science in Public Health
Master of Science in Training and Development
Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion

Selected for the Community-Based Participatory Research Fellows Mentoring Program to Promote Minority Health, University of Florida Health Disparities Research and Intervention Program – Gainesville, Florida.

Selected by the American Public Health Association, CHW Section, as the 2017 Outstanding Community Health Worker of the Year Award.

[*Note from HIFA moderator (Neil PW): HIFA does not carry attachments. Marco has kindly provided an outline of his presentation below]

Avoiding burnout and increasing resilience and wellness for CHW.
By Marco Meneses, MPH, MS

Presenter’s  for the 9th Annual FL Community Health Worker (CHW) Summit  has been accepted, we are pleased to have you as part of this important event. The date of the Summit is September,  Lake Mary, Florida, USA

By the end of session, participant will be able to:
1. Enhance your understanding of resilience, burnout and associated risk.
2. Recognize the key signs of burnout.
3. Learn how to develop coping strategies to recover.

When participants return to their workplace or communities, they will:
1.      Care for your body. Prioritize sleep and nutrition above all else.\
2.       Plan downtime and honor it religiously.
3.      Build in micro-moments of renewal during the day.
4.      Journaling.  Meditation and spiritual practices help some people build connections and restore hope

Ask for help. When you’re really struggling, ask colleagues, friends, neighbors, supervisors, mentors, coaches, and partners for help. If in doubt, get help.

This workshop will help you recognize the signs of burnout and given you the knowledge and confidence to manage the symptoms, recover as well as prevent reoccurrence.

Resilience has been described as the “ability to succeed, to live, and to develop in a positive way . . . despite the stress or adversity that would normally involve the real possibility of a negative outcome”. It is the ability to maintain personal wellbeing in the face of challenge.

Burnout is physical and emotional exhaustion. It can manifest as low-level depression. It’s what happens as a result of unrelenting stress�both physical annd emotional. And you can prevent it. You can recognize the indicators of burnout, you can boost your emotional resilience, and you can draw boundaries around what you do so that you can tend to your physical and emotional well-being.

Increase your diet of positive emotions. Studies show that increasing your diet of positive emotion builds your resilience, creativity and ability to be solution-focused, things that are in short supply if you feel like you’re burning out.

Nurture a positive view of yourself. Developing confidence in your ability to solve problems and trusting your instincts helps build resilience.

HIFA profile: Marco Meneses is a Community Health Worker in Palm Beach County, Florida, USA. Professional interests: Cultural Competence, Health Literacy and Advancing Health Equity at every point of contact. He completed a BSc in Nutrition and MS in Public Health at Universidad de Antioquia in Medellin, Colombia. Completed a MS in Training and Development (adult education and business) at St Francis University in Joliet, Illinois. He has been working and training community health workers in Colombia, Honduras, USA and volunteer with different churches and non-profit agencies. He works with and has knowledge of Migrant and Seasonal Farm Workers. The ability to understand health information is the number one indicator of positive health outcomes because so much of health care is about what we read and understand. If patients understand what their health issues are, what their medications are and how to take them, there are better outcomes and fewer unscheduled visits to the physician’s office, fewer hospitalizations and emergency rooms visits. Teaching healthy living, healthy eating and healthy lifestyles has a huge impact on quality of care, patient satisfaction and reducing health care costs. Selected by the American Public Health Association, CHW Section, as the 2017 Outstanding Community Health Worker of the Year Award. Certified Community Health Worker by the State of Florida.  He is a member of the HIFA working group on CHWs.