This is Wellness by Emergence Health Network

“This is Wellness,” the podcast where wellness looks different for everyone.  This is Wellness is dedicated to conversations surrounding all things that contribute to, commandeer, and complicate our wellbeing.

Season One is dedicated to all things wellness related to COVID 19.

Join therapists Celeste Nevarez, LPC-S, and Sara Polk, LCSW-S, as they explore wellness with their guests and discover how to best care for all aspects of our lives – to include spiritual, emotional, social, physical and intellectual wellness.

The World Health Organization (WHO), defines mental health as a “state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.”

We hope you see elements of your own wellness in these conversations, whether that is in things that are going right for you or finding room to grow.

This is Wellness is a partnership between Emergence Health Network, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso, and The Meadows Foundation.

Our hosts talk through the first season of This is Wellness. 

Subscribe for updates on Season 2 coming in July 2021. 

Joining our hosts this episode is Kristi Daugherty, LCSW, LISW, CEO for Emergence Health Network to discuss leading a Local Mental Health Authority during different types of crisis and maintaining wellness for herself, her family, and her staff. 

Joining our hosts this episode is Dr. Ivonne Espinosa, a doctorate prepared nurse practitioner, to discuss how she and others at the Texas Tech University Health Science Center pivoted to teach future medical staff during a pandemic. 

Joining our hosts this week to discuss both personal and professional wellness during various different types of community emergency response is Emergency Management Coordinator for the El Paso City-County Office of Emergency Management, Jorge Rodriguez

How do you plan for financial wellness during a pandemic? Certified Financial Planner Jose Betancourt joins Celeste and Sara to talk about financial planning as well as how he has maintained his wellness given current circumstances. 

This week our hosts are joined by Trevor Cox, a nursing student at the Texas Tech University School of Health Sciences at El Paso, to discuss how the pandemic has impacted learning a student’s perspective.

On this week’s episode of This is Wellness we have Dr. Thornburg, Chief Medical Officer of Primary Care and Addiction Services at Emergence Health Network discussing patient care during COVID 19. 

This week on This is Wellness Maricela Giner-Nevarez, LPC, joins our hosts to explore how COVID-19 has impacted interpersonal relationships and boundaries for families. 

Frontline medical workers have been vital to ensuring the health and well-being of our community, but that takes a toll on their own wellness. Melanie Longhurst, PhD, M. ED., joins us to discuss efforts to bolster the wellness of medical and support staff as well as how the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso has been addressing wellness needs for students during this period.

The grief process is complex and different for everyone, but even considering that COVID-19 has challenged how we engage with grief. Our guest Irene Reyes, R.N., joins us to share her experience has a hospice nurse to discuss not only how grief looks different under the current circumstances but also how she and her team maintain their wellness beyond COVID.

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