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Human and Companion Animal Interaction

The Mental and Physical Health Benefits of Human and Companion Animal Interaction
Tuesday, May 7, 2019
7:00 p.m.
Missouri United Methodist Church, 204 S. 9th Street, Columbia

The guest speaker
Rebecca A. Johnson
Professor & director,
Research Center for Human-Animal Interaction, MU College of Veterinary Medicine

The League of Women Voters of Columbia-Boone County and the Children’s Grove will cosponsor a program about the mental and physical health benefits of companion animals.
Dr. Johnson will give an engaging presentation describing how interacting with companion animals benefits people with depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress. She will also present research on the health benefits of dog walking. All these benefits occur across the lifespan and are rooted in the biology of bonds formed with animals.
This event is free and open to the public.

Lunch & Learn – The Children’s Grove

The Children’s Grove
Lunch & Learn
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Noon – 1:00 p.m.
HyVee Store – Community Room (Conley Road store)

Guest Speakers:
Dr. Anne Deaton, interim chair
Judith Le Fevre, co-chair, Children’s  Grove Arts Programs
Lesley Thalhuber M.Ed,  LPC,  Outreach Counselor, Rock Bridge High School

Children’s Grove is both a location (part of Stephens Park) and an outreach/education program to benefit children’s mental health. “Children’s Grove is building positive behavioral health through education, the arts, and visual reminders of the importance of kindness, respect and inclusivity throughout our community.”

Lunch is not provided; however, attendees may bring their lunch or purchase it in the store if they like.

This event is free and open to the public.

CAT TV – Progress in Mental Health Services

Progress in Mental Health Services for Children and Youth
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
7:00 p.m. on CAT TV


Sharon Thomas-Parks, Putting Kids First/Children’s Grove

David Thomas, Putting Kids First/Children’s Grove

Kelly Wallis, Boone County Community Services

Moderator: Jim Robertson, Columbia Daily Tribune

This program will focus on the excellent progress in mental health services for children and youth in our community.  Our panelists are knowledgeable about the advancing mental health programs in this community, including the County Children’s Services Board, the new County Mental Health Coalition for the Schools, Mental Health First Aid, and the inspiring work on behalf of our children and youth by Putting Kids First and the Children’s Grove.

The program will be filmed at the CAT TV studio on the lower level of the Helis Communications Center, Stephens College, 1405 East Broadway.

 The program will be replayed on CAT TV (Mediacom Channel 85; Charter Communications Channel 983; and CenturyTel Prism Channel 98. Replay times on CAT TV are at 7 am on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday and 7:30 pm on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.) The program will be available on the League website ( a few days after the show or at