Montana Health and Climate Week

In partnership with departments and organizations across the University of Montana and Missoula, Climate Change Studies will host a series of events exploring the intersection of public health and climate change during National Public Health Week, April 6-10, 2020. Our goal is to actively engage local practitioners, academics, and the public in conversation regarding the myriad health impacts of the climate crisis, and to empower the community to address them. Each event is designed to be participatory and to focus on solutions, equity, and local relevance in order to increase accessibility and break down the crisis paralysis that makes action difficult.

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Monday (April 6)

The Workshop

Writing to Heal is a three-part workshop to address trauma - of the grief of cancer, the death of a loved one, PTSD, family dysfunction, abuse, big changes, and the tragic effects of climate change on our planet and its people and animals, etc.:

  1. Why Create and How to Create a Vision Collage
  2. Why to Journal and How to Journal
  3. Workshop to process and practice the concepts.    

Vision collaging and journaling about climate change and its effects on our planet will help students and participants of UM’s Health & Climate Change Week process their feelings and move them to hope and action. Writing to Heal takes the old-fashioned approach; no TV, no cell phone, no internet; just a good pen, a glue stick, scissors, a spiral-ringed notebook (with pockets) and magazines full of photos. Please bring your best selves and your concerns, hopes, and visions for the future!   



Facilitator: Wendy Woollett

Wendy is grateful to bring the concepts of Writing to Heal to UM’s Health & Climate Week. She will present ways to process our anger and grief around the global cancer we call “climate change” and its effects on our earth’s environment, people, and animals. As we process our grief and anger, we can heal and become able to find hope and positive solutions so that we can take actions to help our world heal. The other side of deep grief is the capacity for joy: there is much we can do, and we can do it with hope and joy. Paraphrasing the Dali Llama: “If we can’t find joy, they’ve won!”

Wendy Woollett is the author and producer of The Montana Monologs. These are stage-worthy pieces culled from the oral histories of Montana’s ranch women that she produced as roadshows until 2015.  She is currently working on “The Best of The Montana Monologs” slated for MTPBS in 2021 and a book describing her adventures with the women she interviewed. She also authored several semi-autobiographical showcases in the Missoula area including The Lost Montana Monolog for the Fringe Festival in 2014, a cancer fundraiser at the Dunrovin Ranch titled A Mid-Winter Showcase featuring My Ex-Husband’s Visit (her ex is Dr. Science of NPR fame), a radio play celebrating Glacier Park’s Centennial, “Glacier Material: Scenes from the Pleistocene”, aired on MTPR and “Alice’s Showcase” a bittersweet tribute to her late mother performed at the Crystal Theater. Wendy’s story, “The Blackfoot River Horse” was featured in the “Tell Us Something” venue in 2017. Wendy is also currently writing a memoir about her Sacramento childhood titled “The Little Wendy Stories.” 

Wendy was diagnosed with renal cancer in 2007. After her recovery from major surgery, she became a spokesperson and fundraiser for cancer patients. In 2008, she wrote an essay titled “My Journey Through Cancer” that was published in the St. Patrick Hospital Women’s Health Newsletter. This essay became the impetus for Wendy’s practice of vision collaging and daily journaling and the creation of her “Writing to Heal” workshops. She has taught the concepts of Writing to Heal to Camp-Make-A Dream participants, YWCA women’s groups, recovery retreats, church groups, Adult Learning classes, and to Big Sky High School students.


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Dr. Phyllis Ngai


Clean Air Act documentary film screening, vulnerability community discussion and panel presentation, Montana Health Professionals for a Healthy Climate reception. Kids activities and social media contest.

Tuesday (April 7)

Dr. Steve Schwarze

Wednesday (April 8)

UMHM space in the UC

Curry Wellness

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During this time of climate collapse, coming together as a community to create islands of resilience is more crucial than ever. To do so requires us all to be able to listen deeply to the experience and needs of others within our community who may have different values and opinions than us. Restorative justice offers us practices to gain a deeper understanding of the perspectives of others and to start the process of overcoming divisions and aligning around common interests. In this workshop, participants will engage in a community building circle and other interactive formats to explore what community means to them and ways to communicate across divides.



Jen Molloy, PhD, MSW, is an Assistant Professor at the University of Montana School of Social Work and a restorative justice researcher, educator, and practitioner. Her major area of research and instruction focuses on implementation, evaluation, and sustainability of restorative justice practices in education and juvenile justice settings. This interest intersects with other topics including the science of human connection, community and organizational change, and community based research. Jen has over 10 years of post-graduate community practice experience. She was formerly an applied research analyst with the Utah Criminal Justice Center and prior to that, the director of the Center for Restorative Youth Justice. Jen is dedicated to embodying the values of social work in her practice, teaching, and research, and providing opportunities for students to learn and grow.

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Missoula Invest Health, Trees for Missoula

Thursday (April 9)

Goodworks Place

Jen Robohm

Sarah Aronson

Nancy de Pastino

ALI Auditorium (Phyllis J Washington school of education)


Friday (April 10)

UM Oval

Hosted by: ASUM Transportation, MIST/FreeCycles

Sustainable diet cooking class

Saturday (April 11)

Silver Park, 700 Craig Ln.

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