Join groundbreaking social health workers and nurse practitioners whose work in the “Planetary Health” movement is rooted in compassion and love. They will offer their inspiring stories of co-creating a shared vision for health and healing, grounded in Indigenous healing paradigms that can lead us into a future of restoration, recovery, justice, and co-liberation. With: De-Ann Sheppard, NP and Mi’kmaw scholar; Heidi Honegger Rogers, FNP, advanced practice holistic nurse; and Sonali Sangeeta Balajee, founder of Our Bodhi Project and SSoMA.
April 6th | 3:00 pm to 4:15 pm
| Golden Bear Room, Hotel Shattuck Plaza
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Assistant Professor of Nursing
| St. Francis Xavier University
Nein teluisi De-Ann Sheppard tleyawi Ktaqmkuk, of Mi’kmaw and Irish descent, an Indigenous scholar and critical educator based in Nova Scotia, worked as a primary healthcare nurse practitioner in many remote Indigenous communities across Canada for over 35 years. An Assistant Professor of Nursing at St. Francis Xavier University, her research contributes to growing the revolutionary shift in nursing consciousness, pedagogy, and curriculum, striving to create decolonized teaching and research spaces.
| University of New Mexico (UNM) College of Nursing
Heidi Honegger Rogers, DNP, FNP C, APHN BC, a family nurse practitioner, advanced practice holistic nurse and associate professor at the University of New Mexico (UNM) College of Nursing, is Director of Interprofessional Education for the UNM Health Sciences Center and leads the Planetary Health Task Force for the American Holistic Nurses Association. She is also engaged with the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments, the Planetary Health Alliance and the Work That Reconnects Network.
| Our Bodhi Project
Sonali Sangeeta Balajee, an artist, organizer, facilitator, mindfulness/yoga instructor and health practitioner, is the founder of Our Bodhi Project, which supports healthy movement-building and organizing through deepening critical analyses, centering the health of all living systems, and enlivening the connection between social and spiritual wellness. Sonali spent 13 years in U.S. local government, working on social justice and racial equity initiatives and has extensive experience in community organizing. She also recently founded SSoMA (the Spiritual Social Medicinal Apothecary).