Primacy of Place™: Community Wellbeing – 01202

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Primacy of Place™, defined as a community’s strategic choice to dedicate its resources toward the improvement of life experiences for residents, businesses, and visitors, is a way of thinking that offers new opportunities to encourage change and improve wellbeing in a community. We will start by highlighting the work of Halbert Dunn and Aaron Antonozsky. Our key focus will be on maximizing human potential, addressing environmental context, and discussing generalized resistance resources. Some innovative groups are already hard at work putting these ideas into practice, so we will bring a more modern perspective to the discussion by exploring Blue Zones and Project for Public Spaces. Finally, we will finish by sharing some of our favorite resources that you can use to start a Primacy of Place™ Community Wellbeing initiative in your area.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this session participants will be able to:
1. Discuss a Primacy of Place™ approach to enhancing wellbeing in a community
2. Identify activities like Power of 10 that can be used in a placemaking approach
3. Access the Ball State Primacy of Place™ Best Practices Databases

About The Presenters

Jane ElleryJane Ellery - PE
Associate Director and Assistant Professor, Fisher Institute for Wellness and Gerontology
Ball State University

Jane Ellery joined the faculty at the Fisher Institute in August of 2003. She received her Ph.D. in Public Health and has served in many community-based health and wellness capacities. Bringing with her experience in workplace wellness, managed care administration, workers compensations programming, community-based cardiac rehabilitation, and hospital-based cardiovascular diagnostics, Jane serves as the Program Coordinator for the Wellness Management graduate program. Her major interests include encouraging students to experiment with different ways to use technology in wellness management practice and working to develop partnerships to ensure consumer-centered approaches for wellness initiatives and research practices.

Krista FlynnKrista Flynn, Building Better Communities
Program Coordinator
Building Better Communities (BBC)

After earning her degree from Ball State University in 1993, Krista Flynn joined Ball State University’s School of Continuing Education and Public Service. In 2008, she received certification in program planning.

Currently, Krista serves as a program coordinator in Building Better Communities (BBC). Her responsibilities include:

  • coordinating and managing administrative duties for various Building Better Communities projects;
  • organizing and implementing special BBC initiatives;
  • managing BBC’s web-based registration process and online training programs;
  • developing and implementing BBC promotional plans and materials; and
  • supervising undergraduate office assistants.

Delaina BoydDelaina Boyd - Extended Ed
Director of the Business Development Division
Ball State University’s Building Better Communities 

Delaina has more than 20 years experience coordinating customized training programs, consulting projects, applied research activities, and open-enrollment seminars and workshops. Delaina holds an MBA and BA in Business Administration and is a Certified AchieveGlobal Leadership Facilitator; a LERN Certified Program Planner; and has completed Level 2 Simplex Creative Problem-Solving Training.


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