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We Heart You: Recovery in Our Community Event 2024

March 13 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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What: We Heart You: Recovery in Our Community Event
When: Wednesday, March 13, 12:00-5:00 PM
(Welcome at 12:30 PM, Keynote speaker from 1:15-2:15 PM)
Where: UW-Oshkosh Culver Center, 625 Pearl Ave, Oshkosh, WI, 54901 (Free parking is available on-site in the main Culver Center parking lot.)

Click here to RSVP: https://solutionsrecovery.org/we-heart-you-registration/

Oshkosh, Wisconsin – Building off the successful 2022 event, Winnebago County partners are once again coming together to present the We Heart You: Recovery in Our Community Conference. This event aims to bridge the recovery community with the broader community, bring education and awareness to the community about addiction and resources available, break down stigmas, and inspire community change.

This year’s keynote speaker is Milwaukee Bucks Assistant Coach Vin Baker. A successful basketball All-Star and Olympian, Vin will share his story of resilience as he struggled with addiction. His message is one of hope for others who are in the same predicament he was 12 years ago. We invite you to come listen to his and other local stories of inspiration.

The event, which has over 350 registrants, is sponsored by Winnebago County Human Services, JEK Foundation, AMS of Wisconsin Oshkosh, Midwest Detox, Rogers Behavioral Health, Breakwater, ThedaCare, Interstate Postgraduate Medical Association, Fox Valley Emergency Readiness Coalition, Harmonic Harvest, Apricity, and Mirrorless Productions. The event is brought to you by the Winnebago County Overdose Fatality Review Team, Solutions Recovery, and Winnebago County Public Health.


9:30-11:30 AM – If you are a prescriber or interested in learning more about pain management, opioid use disorder, and the risks and benefits of opioid prescribing, attendees can attend the “Striking the Balance: Understanding Pain Management and Opioids” training. This FREE session will be keynoted by Dr. Ezra Lyon from ThedaCare. Attendees will earn 2.5 CME/CE credits free of charge.

11:45-12:30 PM – Registration open, community agencies available to share resources, light snacks available

12:30-1:00 PM – Welcome and Introductions

1:00-1:15 PM – Story of lived experience

1:15-2:15 PM – Keynote presentation by Vin Baker

2:15-2:45 PM – Break, snacks, and agency tables available

2:45-4:00 PM – 3 breakout sessions will be available

  • Spectrum of Recovery: Meeting People Where They Are At. The session aims to foster supportive environments for open discussions, where questions are encouraged and experiences are shared on the diverse pathways of recovery. Panel members will share how to navigate resources for those looking for help, explain why they are inspired to be peer professionals, and how, as a community, we can come together to do better.
  • Coping with Trauma from Substance Use Disorder (SUD). Participants will learn how addiction and trauma affect the brain, develop strategies to help clients recognize dysregulation of the brain/body connection, and how dysregulation increases the risk of relapse. This session will teach simple activities to use when working with trauma and SUD clients to promote healing.
  • Navigating the Local Landscape. Local experts will highlight drug and overdose death trends from recent years in Winnebago County. This data will highlight the complexity of our local landscape and the urgency of our work. Then we’ll hear from local resources where people can find help no matter where they are on their recovery journey.

4:00-5:00 PM – Send off – Building Community Together

Group discussion, activity, door prizes, and conclusion

Interview Opportunity: Keynote speaker Vin Baker will be available at 2:45-3:15 PM for brief, scheduled interviews. Please indicate in your RSVP if you would like a scheduled time to interview Vin Baker.

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March 13
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm


UW-Oshkosh Culver Center
625 Pearl Ave
Oshkosh, WI 54901 United States
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