Community Conversations: My Story

The Community Health Endowment of Lincoln (CHE) regularly sponsors Community Conversations that shed light on important health-related topics and give Lincolnites a chance to interact with experts. The fourth series of Community Conversations took place in the fall of 2016.


December 7, 2016

In 2014, CHE convened a group of healthcare leaders to hear their thoughts on local, state and national reforms and what they could mean to Lincoln. Today, the Affordable Care Act is in place, telehealth and integrated care have come to Lincoln, a presidential election has taken place, and more changes are on the horizon.
CHE brought most of the same leaders back together to hear their thoughts once again.
• Judy Halstead, Health Director, Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department
• Beth Rawlings, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, CHI Health St. Elizabeth
• Kimberly A. Russel, President/CEO, Bryan Health
• Leslie Spry, M.D. FACP, spokesperson, National Kidney Foundation
• Lori Seibel, President/CEO, Community Health Endowment of Lincoln (Moderator)

Video of this event is available here

My Story: Addicted to Prescription Drugs

November 16, 2016

The United States is struggling to deal with an opioid epidemic that is damaging lives and resulting in overdoses and addiction, but not reducing chronic pain, a condition that affects more than 100 million Americans. Learn about initiatives to reduce access to prescription opioids from state and local experts and hear about a personal experience with prescription drug addiction.


  • Melody Henderson, in recovery from prescription drug addiction
  • Kelly Zach, M.D., Innovative Pain & Spine Specialists
  • Kevin Borcher, PharmD, RP, Program Director, Prescription Drug Monitoring Program
  • Chris Peterson, Captain, Lincoln Police Department
  • Phil Tegeler, Executive Director, The Bridge Behavioral Health (Moderator)

Video of this program is available for online viewing here.

My Story: Living with a Severe Food Allergy

October 25, 2016

Recent controversy over the pricing of the EpiPen, which treats severe allergic reactions, has shone new light on the subject of life-threatening allergies. Hear from two parents of children with severe food allergies, an allergy sufferer, a physician who specializes in allergies and a public health nurse to learn more about living with a severe allergy and how our community’s institutions are responding to this growing issue.


Vinay Mehta, M.D., Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Associates

Marge Theel, RN, BSN, M Ed, Supervisor of Health Services, Lincoln Public Schools

Tiffany and Kalissa Mullison. Kalissa, a middle-school student, experienced several severe reactions before undergoing an experimental treatment.

Video of this program is available for online viewing here



My Story: I Treated Ebola Patients

March 3, 2015

Kate Boulter, Lead Nurse in the Nebraska Biocontainment Unit, shared her experiences preparing for and treating Ebola patients. Wade Fornander, MD, a local family practice physician, and Tim Timmons, Supervisor for the Communicable Disease Program of the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) gave local perspectives on infectious disease. Presented in partnership with LLCHD, video of this program is available for online viewing here.

My Story: I Am a Suicide Survivor

March 26, 2015

Since 1997, more than 500 Lancaster County residents have committed suicide. Hear personal stories of suicide survivors - individuals who know first-hand the loss of a loved one to suicide - and learn how they use their personal experience to benefit others. Presented in partnership with the Lincoln/Lancaster County Local Outreach to Suicide Survivors (LOSS) Team and the Nebraska State Suicide Prevention Coalition (NSSPC).


  • Dave Miers, PhD, Bryan Medical Center, LOSS Team and NSSPC Co-Chair (Moderator)
  • Terri Marti, LOSS Team, Suicide Survivor
  • Michele Phillips, LOSS Team, Suicide Survivor  
  • Kimberley Mundil, LOSS Team Clinician, Suicide Survivor

Video of this event is available here.

My Story: I Was Homeless

April 28, 2015

In Lincoln, as in the rest of the country, people who are homeless and near-homeless come from all walks of life – single people, single parents, families with children, veterans. In a recent two-year period, nearly 5,000 people in Lincoln were homeless. Hear more about the causes and effects of homelessness through the personal stories of people who have experienced it, and learn more about what our community can do to end homelessness in Lincoln. Presented in partnership with


Lyn Morrisey

Roger Milton

Tara Rickel

Monica Zinke, Executive Director, Fresh Start (Moderator)

Video of this event is available here

My Story: I Live with Mental Health Challenges

May 20, 2015

In the U.S., one in every four adults experiences a mental health challenge in a given year; nearly one in 20 lives with a serious mental illness. In addition to the person directly experiencing mental illness, family, friends and communities are affected. But mental health remains a topic most people avoid. Hear from four people who have lived experience with mental illness – stories of struggle and hope, challenge and recovery, adversity and success. Presented in partnership with CenterPointe and the Mental Health Association of Nebraska (MHA-NE).


  • Abbigail Swatsworth, Director of Development, CenterPointe and consumer (Moderator)
  • Sam Brown, consumer
  • Lindsey Wagaman, Employment Specialist, MHA-NE HOPE Program, and consumer
  • Tom Sullivan, parent of a son with mental illness

Video of this event is available here.

Past Community Conversations

Video of CHE's past Community Conversations including the 2014 "My Story" series and the 2013 series on health equity is available for viewing on the Community Health Endowment playlist on the 10HealthLincoln YouTube Channel.

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