It’s no secret that Netsmart takes pride in being a leader in providing electronic health record solutions to human services and post-acute communities. We strive every day to move forward on our path to success and aim to remain aware of how history has grown and shaped our industry. As part of this understanding, we have honored a variety of ground-breaking individuals in the fields of technology and science in our Netsmart offices. Among those pioneers is notable Navy Rear Admiral Grace Murray Hopper. She was a true asset to public service and to the development of modern technology and we’re proud to honor her.
Check out our feature about Hopper and her tremendous contributions to our industry on CareThreads.
It’s no secret that our associates are amazing and talented and Netsmart Junior Graphic Designer Laura Schoonover is no exception. From her early days as a Netsmart FUTURE (our version of an intern) to her current role, Laura has been able to put her artistic skills to good use. Adding that to her desire to help others, she has created a meaningful chalk mural about the significance of Mental Health First Aid training.
After graduating from college, Laura turned down three job offers and chose to participate in Netsmart’s FUTURES summer internship program, which provides participants real-life, hands-on experience in business and technology. She says she enjoyed the opportunity to work on active projects in the company and was able to jump in feet first into the Netsmart family. Her transition from being a FUTURE to becoming a full-time associate was quick and easy, thanks to the relationships and experience she gained through the program.
As part of her continuing growth at Netsmart, Laura participated in training and became certified in Mental Health First Aid through the National Council for Behavioral Health. She was inspired to get certified because she knows that there are a lot of misconceptions about mental illness and wanted to learn more about how to approach those who may be suffering.
“I have a relative who struggles with mental illness and a friend who struggles with anxiety and anxious thoughts and feelings,” Laura said. “I knew that there was more to mental illness than the stereotypes, and I wanted to learn more about how to make the most of my interactions with them without crossing any lines that could cause them to push themselves away from me.”
Netsmart likes to tell visual stories about healthcare and technology and Laura wanted to share her experience with others. “I definitely wanted viewers to be able to look at this design and think about the signs and symptoms that stood out to me and affect so many people. I wanted them to recognize those symptoms and become interested in learning more about mental illness and what they can do to help those who are affected by it.”
Laura hopes that her creation creates awareness and thoughtfulness in others to keep an eye out for signs and symptoms of a mental health crisis. She also hopes that it inspires other associates to learn more about mental illness and to get certified in Mental Health First Aid.
By building a solid foundation through the FUTURES program, her incredible artistry and her commitment to growth by becoming Mental Health First Aid certified, Laura has provided all of us with a stunning reminder about our foundation of being cause connected and passionate about mental health support.
In honor of Heart Health Month, Netsmart associates from across the country gathered for National Wear Red Day on Friday, Feb. 3. The day was established in 2003 by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute and the American Heart Association in support of the National Heart Association’s Go Red for Women campaign. National Wear Red Day helps to bring national attention to the fact that heart disease is the #1 killer of women, and to raise awareness of women’s heart health.
Netsmart employees from Overland Park, Kan., Ozark, M. Great Rivers, NY., and Dublin, Ohio., donned red apparel to show their support for the heart health of women everywhere.