Ask Me Anything Building a Wellness Program for Your Agency

Ask Me Anything Building a Wellness Program for Your Agency
Duration: 60 Minutes
Module 1 Module 1
Recorded on: 2024-06-11
Unit 1 Presentation Materials: Ask Me Anything: Building A Wellness Program
Unit 2 Transcript: Ask Me Anything: Building A Wellness Program
Unit 3 Workbook: Ask Me Anything: Building A Wellness Program
Unit 4 Recording: Ask Me Anything: Building A Wellness Program

This Ask Me Anything session supplements the Building a Wellness Program from the Ground Up webinar that Wendy Hummel previously presented . There she outlined the steps to establishing a wellness program. This time around, feedback and inquiries from webinar participants will be answered in this session to provide further guidance with planning and implementation.

A Justice Clearinghouse regular and audience favorite, Wendy Hummell is currently the Health and Wellness Manager for the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office in Kansas. She leverages her 24-year law enforcement career to serve first responders and help them develop resiliency and sustain holistic wellness.

The webinar covered topics that include:

  • Wendy’s journey which served as the foundation for the work she does in the wellness space focusing on those working in the high-pressure criminal justice profession.
  • The health and wellness unit Wendy manages, its staff composition, programs, and funding source.
  • How interest and inquiries within her network on how to build a wellness program motivated her to create a blueprint that covers the basics of planning, buy-in, and implementation.
  • Wendy outlines a flexible 10-step framework for implementing a wellness program which looks into:
    • Developing a plan and securing buy-in from leadership and the rest of the staff.
    • Choosing a dedicated wellness leader and assembling the team.
    • The necessary components of an evidence-based approach, collaboration, education, and evaluation to the program.
    • Identifying the components of wellness and prioritizing from these.
    • The nitty-gritty that comes with launching the program.
    • Ensuring leadership fully embraces the concept of wellness for both their staff and themselves and being good role models of prioritizing wellness.
  • The frequently asked questions on:
    • Buy-in: The need for buy-in from the top and the frontlines and understanding the law of diffusion of innovation to ensure this.
    • Funding: Resources and funding sources to look into to financially support the programming.
    • Generations: How a good representation across generations can help with buy-in as well as appropriate and effective support.
    • Data: Using national data, existing agency data, and wellness-focused surveys and focus group discussions to inform the creation of the program and monitor its progress and outcomes.
  • Real-time questions during the webinar concerns:
    • Incorporating wellness programming without a dedicated budget or staff by leveraging existing resources and community partnerships.
    • Determining priorities through published studies and conducting agency-focused research.
    • Qualifications of the wellness program coordinator and models that can be used to select the person leading the program.
    • Resources mentioned in the webinar.
    • Diagnosing insulin resistance and how this significantly impacts the wellness of those in stressful jobs.
    • Integrating wellness programming into academy training.
    • Recalibrating a devolved wellness programming through reevaluation.
    • Ensuring a comprehensive wellness program through a dedicated coordinator and collaboration with the training and communications team.
    • Wellness app-led training through Cordico and other apps.
    • Extending wellness resources to the employees’ families, retirees, volunteers, and other related populations.
    • What Wendy would’ve done differently when creating their wellness program and unit knowing what she knows now.


Other Webinars with this Presenter

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Resources and Handouts


Audience Comments 

  • “Wendy is an excellent presenter. Her passion for wellness is infectious and I learn more from her every time I attend one of her webinars.”
  • “Great information. Thank you.”
  • “Great webinar!”
  • “We are starting individual wellness for our unit and this gave me a good idea of where to start and some areas to cover. I also learned there is no one cookie cutter plan that works for everyone.”



Women in Federal Law Enforcement (WIFLE) is an organization of individuals working together to foster awareness of the value that women bring to law enforcement. WIFLE’s goals include recruitment, retention, and promotion of women in federal law enforcement occupations, and the continued development of an information sharing and support network. WIFLE promotes collaborative leadership styles and the development of programs and policies that balance community service with enforcement of the laws. WIFLE also serves as an information and resource network for women in federal law enforcement, domestically and internationally. WIFLE is a leader in diversity, equity and inclusion in the federal law enforcement profession, a cornerstone to effectively serving communities across the country.



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