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Wellness and Gratitude at Work
A Part of the KAFM Life Long Learning Series

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Date: November 23, 6:00pm
Location: 1310 Ute Ave. Grand Junction, CO
Details: “Come learn how you can implement healthy changes during your working hours to improve your sense of well-being.”



A former Grand Junction resident wants to help improve health care one thank you at a time.

That, at least, is the thinking behind a computer- based program created in part by Dawn Cheairs, a 1992 graduate of Central High School who now lives in Denver. Cheairs helped create a system designed to allow patients to thank hard to locate health care workers after they leave a hospital or other medical
facility. The idea, called DohJe (pronounced, dough-jay) lists hospital workers and allows patients to
send thank-you notes directly to them.

“I don’t know if you’ve ever tried to thank somebody after you left a facility, but it’s really hard,” Cheairs
said. “Seriously, I hope to change the world. I know it sounds silly, but I’ve always been a dreamer, I’ve
always been someone who reaches for more in a way to make lives better. We really hope to change how people relate daily to healthcare providers.”

The program, which works with Delta County Memorial Hospital along with a handful of others around the nation, was recently selected as part of a Harvard University study on how extending gratitude affects health care providers, particularly in terms of retention and job satisfaction. The effort started in 2013 in a pilot with Mountain Midwifery Center in Englewood and later with the Benioff Children’s Hospital at the University of California- San Francisco.

“Nobody has done anything in this setting with these criteria,” Cheairs said of the program and
Harvard’s study of it. “They’re hoping to use the tool to allow more gratitude to flow, and then measure
things like satisfaction scores, attrition, retention and general staff morale.”

Cheairs said that oftentimes, patients are too concerned with their immediate medical needs to think about thanking those people who helped them in a hospital, particularly those beyond their primary doctor or the nurse they saw most often during their stay. That thought, she said, doesn’t always occur to a patient until days or even weeks later, but by then it’s hard to remember who helped them or even how to locate them to say “thanks,” Cheairs said. “Most people that have an event that requires a hospital stay, they are not thinking about gratitude at that moment, but they are thankful,” she said. “It’s not until after they leave the facility, a month or three months go by, and they think, ‘Oh my gosh, that person was fantastic and I need to do something.’ They don’t know how or they don’t know what to say. We’ve made that easier.” DohJe is the Cantonese word for thank you.

The average American spends a significant amount of time at work. In fact, the amount of time spent at work per day is steadily increasing each year. Roughly a quarter of our day, every day, or more than a
third of our waking hours are spent in one vocation or another. So does it make sense for us to only use health strategies during our time off?

Rebecca Weitzel, Wellness Coordinator for Hilltop, will be discussing why “work-life balance” is a
misunderstanding, and how our lives are actually interlaced narratives. She will outline successful
integration strategies and even lead a little group exercise. Dawn Cheairs, Co-founder and VP of DohJe, Inc, will share her knowledge on gratitude and insights on its scientific benefits. Expect powerful patient stories, a tie-in with the “Pay It Forward” concept, and drills to help everyone become more grateful.

KAFM Lifelong Learning events are presented in the KAFM Radio Room at 1310 Ute Avenue, Grand Junction. Lifelong Learning events are FREE with a suggested donation of $5. Reservations are suggested. For information or to make a reservation, go to kafmradio.org or call 970-241-8801 extension 201.
General Admission: FREE



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WELLNESS AND GRATITUDE AT WORK
A Part of the KAFM Life Long Learning Series
6:00pm, 1310 Ute Ave. Grand Junction, CO
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