ULC Webinar: Combating Toxic Stress: How to Build a Healthy Community

March 22nd, 2017 | 9 - 10 am PT | 10 - 11 am MT | 11 am -12 pm CT | 12 - 1 pm ET

Toxic stress occurs when too many stressful events and traumas pile up for an individual. It is the culmination of many barriers to a healthy sustainable community and children are particularly vulnerable but can be sheltered by having positive relationships with parents, family, and others.

On March 22, join St. Louis County Library Director, Kristen Sorth, and the team at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri as they discuss Combating Toxic Stress: How to Build a Healthy Community and learn how the library can play an active role in combating toxic stress. This webinar will address the research available by discussing the For the Sake of All Report which began as an exploration of health disparities but has evolved into a mission to eliminate racial inequities and improve the health of all people in the St. Louis region. The program will also discuss the specific services and partnerships implemented by the St. Louis County Library to address toxic stress and will conclude with a closer look at the partnership between St. Louis County Library and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri.

Click here to register and participate with us on March 22 and learn how you can bring health to your community. A recording of the webinar will be sent to participants to share with staff.

Presenter Bios

Kristen SorthKristen Sorth became St. Louis County Library’s first female director on November 19, 2013. Ms. Sorth has a Masters of Public Administration degree from University of Missouri and has worked for the library since 1998 in an administrative capacity.Before her appointment as Director, Ms. Sorth served as Assistant Director of Administration. In this role, she oversaw St. Louis County Library's (SLCL) administrative operations including human resources, building systems and facilities, finance, budgeting, procurement, transportation and security. Under Ms. Sorth’s leadership, the Library District has received numerous accolades—including an innovation award from the Urban Libraries Council for the summer lunch program; consecutive years as a Top Place to Work by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch; a What’s Right with the Region award in 2016 for demonstrating innovative solutions specifically for early literacy programming. The Missouri Library Association named SLCL the 2014 Missouri Library of the Year. Ms. Sorth volunteers for several organizations, including FOCUS St. Louis and the YWCA.  She serves on the Board of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri as the Chair of Board Governance. She is an active member of the Urban Libraries Council and Missouri Public Library Directors. Kristen and her family live in South St. Louis City.


Sally AltmanSally J. Altman is a consultant to the For the Sake of All team at Washington University in St. Louis. Prior to joining the FSOA team, Altman worked in community engagement at St. Louis Public Radio. Before that, she was the health, science and technology editor at the St. Louis Beacon, an online news source. Altman has spent most of her career in the health care field. She has consulted with Fortune 500 companies, hospitals, physicians, insurance companies and non-profit educational organizations. Her work has included strategic analysis and planning, legislative analysis, health network design, and contract negotiations for health care services and fees with hospital systems and physician groups across the nation. Altman has a Master in Public Health degree from The University of Michigan.


Rebecca (Becky) J. Hatter has served for the past 23 years as the President and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri (BBBSEMO). Under her leadership, the agency has grown from serving 300 children annually in 1994 to serving approximately 2,200 children today, an 700% increase. Presently, BBBSEMO is the largest youth mentoring organization in the State of Missouri and the 6th largest Big Brothers Big Sisters of America affiliate (there are 310 affiliates). Her hard work, dedication and focus on innovation and transparent data and results have led to the agency being the #1 affiliate in the nation for quality service for six straight years and the only agency to ever be named, in one year, Agency of the Year, Board of the Year, Staff of the Year and # 1 in Quality Service. In addition to the awards mention above, Becky has also been recognized for her leader and efforts for children: Missouri Chamber of Commerce with the Lifetime Achievement Award, YWCA – Community Leadership Award, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America – Skip Walsh Award (for serving as a mentor and resource to colleague) and others including the YMCA, Urban League and Royal Vagabonds.

Registration Fees

Members: $150/1st *site and $50/ea. additional site (recording included
Non-Members: $225/1st *site and $50/ea. additional site (recording included)
*A landline (audio) and an internet connection (visual) are both needed for real-time event participation.

If your organization does not register for a ULC webinar, members may purchase the recording post-webinar for $150.