Brushy Fork Annual Institute

A Holistic Approach to Community Health

Track Leader: Carla Baumann

Environment—both physical and social—is an important determinant of health. This track brings together concerned community leaders and like-minded professionals to share resources and ideas, learn best practices that cultivate and support good health, discuss community health challenges, and jointly design solutions.

Participants will explore the determinants of health and well being, complete a personal wellness inventory, and consider strategies that contribute to thriving communities where people assume more personal responsibility for their health and well-being.

Each attendee will leave with a self-care plan, a toolkit for organizational health improvement, and core skills that inspire new perspectives on community health initiatives that can be tailored to their respective communities.

Track Limit: 25

Who should attend?

  • Folks interested in promoting individual, organizational, and community health and well being
  • Community members who draw energy from leading initiatives and empowering people

What can I expect to learn?

  • Develop a better understanding of the critical connections between personal well-being, self-care, and leadership effectiveness
  • Learn how to move beyond personal health to foster sustainable organizational well-being
  • Learn about different approaches to leading community health improvement initiatives


Carla Baumann is founder of Osage Nurse Coaching, PLLC. With a 35-year background in public health nursing and administration, Baumann is currently an associate faculty member of the International Nurse Coach Association, a global community for learning and networking. She is actively involved with the local food movement, manages a certified organic community-supported agriculture (CSA) on the family-owned Lazy Eight Stock Farm in Paint Lick, KY, and practices coaching from the farm-based center for healing. Baumann chairs a local community health center, and is an active board member of Community Farm Alliance, Berea Farmers Market, Paint Lick Clinic, and the New Opportunity School for Women. Throughout her career, she has been recognized for her leadership and innovative public health practices. She believes that nurses as coaches can support and inspire others to achieve a richer and more nourishing level of wellness.


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