living well in a climate of chaos, free online seminar on mental helath challenges during the times of covid

Living Well in a Climate of Chaos Seminar


Free virtual mental health workshop designed to educate students, practicing professionals and community members.

living well in a climate of chaos, free online seminar on mental helath challenges during the times of covidThe Rappahannock Area Health Education Center (RAHEC) and Rappahannock Community College hosted a free virtual mental health workshop titled:

โ€˜Living Well in a Climate of Chaosโ€™

July 22, 2020.

The workshop was designed to educate students, practicing professionals, and community members on understanding current mental health challenges related to the stress of the pandemic, social distancing, and the current climate of rapid social change.

Approximately 100 people joined us to learn how to improve and develop a different state of mind.

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eric barna, david keel, deborah hughes, marlene cralle, matt brent, rappahannock community college, haynesville correctional center, virgina

RCC/Haynesville Award

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The Excellence in Education Awards Program provides an annual opportunity to showcase, celebrate and share ideas and innovations across the Virginia Community College System that contribute to improving student outcomes and reaching our strategic goals.
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Team Members: Dr. Eric Barna, Dr. David Keel, Deborah Hughes, Marlene Cralle, Dr. Matt Brent
Rappahannock Community Collegeโ€™s Second Chance Pell Experimental Site is one of two in Virginia, and 63 nationally. College programs, like this collaboration between RCC and Haynesville Correctional Center, are vital because they provide access to an under-served population, help prepare incarcerated students to re-enter their communities with job-ready, critical thinking and writing skills, and help the state deal with a shortage of skilled labor. The completion rate for students in this program is 47%.
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STEM Health Camp Embraces Virtual Experience for Students

Student working at their computer.RCC held another successful week-long STEM camp for 32 local rising 6th-9th grade students. This was the first year with high school students, with nine participating in higher level activities. For the past 5 years the camp was held on the RCC campus. Due to current events, this yearโ€™s camp was converted to an online class. This transition was made possible with the support and contributions from a variety of sources, including RCC faculty, local organizations, and parents.

Campers Get to Work
The focus for camp this year included a combination of coding basics and health topics. Packages were delivered to students that contained an Arduino basic starter kit, heart rate monitor, and a DIY robotic hand kit – all at no cost to parents. Students were guided through daily lessons beginning with the basics of coding using the Arduino IDE program.The Right Chemistry for Engineering

RCC STEM-Health camp works to provide an interdisciplinary experience for students. This year Ms. Riley, an RCC registered nurse instructor, explained how the body uses electrical signals to help function. Students were then able to use the provided heart rate monitor and Arduino program to code for and read their own bodyโ€™s heart rhythm and electrical pulses. The daily lessons lead students to learning how to control LEDs, buzzers, servos, and even the motion of their DIY robotic hand using their bodyโ€™s own motion and electrical signals! Students could be heard inviting their family members into the room to see what they were doing and smiles were seen through the screens by the camp teachers as students successfully accomplished the daily lesson goals. The website used for the camp will be shared with local schools for use in their classrooms. If you are interested in learning more about the camp, visit


STEM Health Camp Acknowledgements 

A special thank you to all who contributed to help provide such an experience free to the public. The RCC Technology Department Kathy Fife, Michael Anthony and Dave Newsome provided funding for middle school studentsโ€™ STEM kits. Dean Smith and Ms. Wind from RCCโ€™s Area Health Education Center (AHEC) provided funding for the high school student STEM Kits. Ms. Riley, with support from Dean Smith, helped STEM staff incorporate an ECG sensor into the STEM camp. Perkins Technical Education Grant managed by RCC Dean Brooks provided funding for STEM camp staffing. Jeff Macharyas provided online marketing and Hutt Williams from Dual Enrollment shared the opportunity to the middle and high schools. Camp Director Greg Dorsey from CBGS developed the curriculum, camp website, and organized delivering the free STEM kits to families. We also thank the camp teachers Rhett Moore from RCC Technology and Stephanie Dahlem from Aylett Country Day School. Again, all contributions were greatly appreciated and led to a successful, educational experience for our local students.