Making an Impact: Human Development and Relationships June 2021

Jane Jensen, Human Development & Relationship Educator

  • A 10 session virtual series (Aging Mastery Program) for seniors in Wood, Sheboygan, and Central WI
    counties, (offered twice) where participants develop sustainable behaviors across many dimensions
    that lead to improved health, stronger economic security, enhanced well-being, and increased
    societal participation. The program, developed by the National Council of Aging, is designed to help
    older adults learn to age well by focusing on key aspects of health, finances, relationships, personal
    growth, and community involvement. Another series is planned for the fall.
  • A series of seven virtual sessions for adults where participants learn about end-of-life decision-making tasks including health care wishes, financial responsibilities, legal requirements and
    documentation, distribution of personal property, end-of-life care options, and dealing with grief.
    The goal of this effort is to help participants proactively learn how to manage the tasks and decisions associated with end-of-life, so they don’t feel so overwhelming and so that burdens on loved ones are reduced. Jane is a member of the statewide team that developed and implemented the series.
  • Quarterly educational programs for family caregivers where they learned about community resources and
    tools to support resiliency and self-care. Developed in collaboration with the Aging and Disability
    Resource Center.
  • A seven-week professional development series for human service professionals where participants
    learned and practiced strategies to build resiliency for themselves and their clients.
  • Co-facilitated a year-long plus community health assessment process to develop the Community
    Health Improvement Plan with Public Health, United Way, local health care systems, and the
    federally qualified healthcare center. Four hundred telephone surveys, key informant interviews,
    primary and secondary data as well as “people on the street” surveys informed the process. A virtual Call to Action where over 50 attendees developed a direction for local workgroups in the areas of Positive Mental Health, Activity and Nutrition, and Responsible Substance Use.  The purpose of this larger effort is to improve the health of county residents.