Resilience: Finding Our Courage When the Going Gets Tough
Original Air Date: December 17, 2014
Patty Koppa, MPH
President, Public Health Consultants, LLC
Koppa was 6 years old and needing a scary surgery, the orderly didn’t place her
on a gurney. Instead, he wrapped his big arms around her frail body and carried
her to the operating room. Bright white lights pierced the child’s eyes as the
man in white hurried up some steps and down a few halls. As she squinted, the
orderly leaned over and whispered: "Remember, little one…when the going gets tough, the
tough get going.”
Fifteen years, later Patty was in the same hospital for
six months for a kidney transplant and three other surgeries. She remembered
the message from the orderly--and thrived. This webinar is about courage and resilience. What
makes us bounce back from adversity? How do we find the seven attributes of
courage, and how do we find these things within ourselves and in our worlds?
This session will be a mix of research, tips, and real
life stories about courage and how to tap into it when needed most. What you
learn will help you coach clients and patients, and support courageous conversations
with family members or friends.
Following this presentation, participants will be able to:
- define resiliency and current research trends.
the seven attributes of courage and a story about how they have used one of them.
two courage tips that they can try or share with someone in the next five days.
About Patty Koppa, MPH
Patty Koppa talks and walks courage in her
professional and personal life. As a certified coach and a public health consultant
for past 15 years, she weaves her spirit of resiliency and courage into every
project, including: coaching on communication skills for surgical
candidates; group facilitation on chronic disease
prevention and management; public speaking on family support for patients
with blood clotting disorders; and consulting on community resilience and disaster
Forty years ago, Patty Koppa’s dad saved her life when
he gave her one of his kidneys. Her other challenges included multiple cancers,
walking with a cane/crutches for 30 years, supporting a sibling with
schizophrenia, and as a teenager, losing her best friend to a drunk driver. Speaking from personal and professional lenses on
resilience, Patty shares hope and tools for finding courage when the going gets