"If you do not breathe through writing, if you do not cry out in writing, or sing in writing, then don't write, because our culture has no use for it." ~ Anais Nin
My dual passion for writing and wellness helps to bring content alive in grant proposals, as described in the following projects.
A favorite place for "walk and talk" meetings near my home office is at the Waterfront in Homestead.This path is part of the Great Allegheny Passage, where there is always a beautiful array of colors and commotion of barge traffic along the Monongahela River.
I prioritize projects for nonprofit organizations in our river communities near Pittsburgh, which have a proud legacy of steel manufacturing, and are working hard to overcome challenging economic, health, and quality of life issues due to a lengthy post-industrial recovery.
Healthy People 2020 Community Innovation Grant
There is a special place in my heart for programs that make physical activity accessible and enjoyable for people with disadvantages and disabilities, and enables everyone to be included and welcome in the community.
In 2011-12, Heart Resources, LLC partnered with the Steel Valley Wellness Collaborative comprised of nonprofit organizations in Homestead, PA, an urban economically-distressed community in the Mon Valley near Pittsburgh. Katherine assisted the agencies to develop a grant proposal and identify federal funding to start a shared fitness facility, purchase equipment and find qualified instructors to provide evidence-based physical fitness activities for 100 adults with mental, developmental and physical disabilities. Katherine assisted Peer Advisory Groups at each agency to give feedback about the activities and incentives offered in their program. The lead agency, Steel Valley Council of Governments received a $10,000 Healthy People 2020 Community Innovation Grant by the Office of Disease Prevention / Health Promotion in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Request a copy of the concept paper and grant proposal on our Contact page.
SAMHSA Voice Awards Fellowship
I've been honored to serve as a federal grant reviewer for the SAMHSA-funded National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative in 2012. My company has been a Participating Organization in the National Wellness Campaign and Healthy People 2020.
As a result of these positive experiences, Katherine applied for and was one of eight advocates selected from 40 national applicants to serve a one-year paid federal Fellowship in the Voice Awards Program of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The project provided training and mentoring in strategic communication skills to amplify voices and share important behavioral health messages.
From January 1-December 31, 2013, Katherine provided 188 hours of service as a SAMHSA Voice Awards Fellow. She presented a compelling and timely public behavioral health message - her personal story of post-trauma wellness and the benefits of exercise in recovery - to 608 individuals at 16 events. She advocated for recovery in over a dozen media and social media placements. From May to September, Katherine coached 14 weekly 5K fitness walking workouts with mental health consumers and staff at People’s Oakland, which culminated in their participation in the Pittsburgh Great Race 5K Fitness Walk during National Recovery Month. Heart Resources LLC provided sponsorship of participant registrations. Katherine continues to serve as a judge for the SAMHSA Voice Awards Program and National Recovery Month Awards. Learn more at: http://www.samhsa.gov/voiceawards/fellows.asp.
In 2012, Katherine co-founded and served as a volunteer fitness coach and business sponsor of Turtle Team-a fitness walking team for people recovering from trauma, mental health problems and addictions. The weekly walk-and-talk workouts began in May (Mental Health Month) and culminated in participation at the Pittsburgh Great Race 5K Fitness Walk, a community-wide event in September (National Recovery Month). Heart Resources, LLC has provided PR flyers, scholarships for race fees, and post-race awards. Request information about Turtle Team on our Contact page.
Post-Trauma Wellness Presentations
Katherine has presented more than 600 education and training sessions during her nonprofit career. She has advocated for trauma-informed care as a guest speaker at numerous health and mental health professional training programs. She is an inspiring story-teller who speaks from an informed point-of-view about helpful approaches and tools for healing child abuse and finding a path to post-trauma wellness over a lifetime. Katherine is a positive communicator who bridges the gap of understanding between providers and consumers. Katherine is the author of a book about healing childhood trauma titled TELLINGS: From Wound to Wellspring (Outskirts Press, 2008) and an article for professionals, Finding Post-Trauma Wellness. The book is currently out of print (on Amazon) in preparation for a future release. She offers readings and speaks at events about healing, recovery, and living well after Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Request further information on our Contact page.