Rotary Club of Waseca

Professional Burnout
Jan 20, 2022 12:00 PM
Ashley Killday: SHIP
Professional Burnout

​Statewide Health Improvement Partnership (SHIP) is working to create healthier communities across Minnesota by expanding opportunities for active living, healthy eating and tobacco-free living.

Good health is created where we live, work, learn and play. Schools, businesses, apartment owners/managers, farmers, community groups, senior organizations, hospitals, clinics, planning entities, Chambers of Commerce, faith communities and many more partners are creating better health together through SHIP all across Minnesota.

I have lived in Waseca for 8 years, my husband is born and raised Waseca and that is the reason I ended up here when we moved back from Chicago, where we met. We now have a 2.5 year old boy, along with a 15 week old black lab puppy and a cat that doesn’t approve of the puppy. I grew up in Edina and I have a Bachelors of Arts from Saint Thomas University in Psychology with a minor in Japanese. Prior to this, I worked for 6 years at South Country Health Alliance doing mental health and elderly waiver services in their Health Services Department. After doing the same thing every day, I decided it was time for a change. I have now been in my role as the SHIP Community Health Coordinator with Le Sueur – Waseca Community Health Board for six months and I love being able to do the work I’m doing now. Currently, I am working with our schools to bring more wellness practices to the staff and students, do an educational presentation on tobacco and vaping and expanding the school’s garden to make it wheelchair accessible. Within the community, I am working to establish a Men’s Shed program for our retired/semi-retired gentlemen, establish a new community garden, expand the reach of our local food shelves with services they can provide, revamping workplace wellness to help with retaining employees as well as drawing new employees to apply. I am also working to establish a farm to childcare program to bring more gardens to our childcare centers to provide more fresh vegetables to the kids. There is also a community childcare project in the works that I am very excited about. I enjoy being busy and I am looking forward to seeing these projects come to fruition, as well as, any new projects that will come my way in the future.