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Mental Health in the CF World

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Mental Health in the CF World - Tuesday, June 14 at 1 p.m. ET

Hear from a panel of individuals living with CF about how chronic illness has impacted their mental health. Plus, learn some tips and tricks from mental health professionals that can be applied in your day-to-day life.

Sara Nelson
Sara has a passion for finding a cure and has been involved with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation since 2017. She first learned about cystic fibrosis through her husband Paul, whose brother Matt passed away from CF in 2007. Sara is a member of the Kentucky/West Virginia Chapter’s Tomorrow’s Leaders program and participates annually in Louisville’s events including Great Strides, CF Climb and the 65 Roses Gala. She was nominated for the Derby City’s Finest program in 2019 and was the top fundraiser among her Honoree class. Sara is an associate experience & well-being lead for Humana's Corporate Communications team and co-lead for Humana’s Women’s Network Resource Group Perspectives Speaker Series. Outside of Humana and her work with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Sara serves as the co-chair for the Kentucky Science Center’s Young Professionals Advisory Board and as a Board Member and Volunteer Coordinator for Dancing Well: The Soldier Project. When she is not volunteering, Sara loves cooking, hiking, traveling, attending live music events, and learning how to play the fiddle.

Zack Held, PhD
Dr. Held is a licensed clinical psychologist at Levine Children’s Hospital in Charlotte, NC. He specializes in pediatric psychology with chronically ill children and adolescents with a clinical focus on working with the pediatric cystic fibrosis populations. His area of expertise includes pediatric anxiety, depression, medical trauma, and treatment adherence. He is also the director of the Psychology Practicum Training, and a member of the pediatric science research review committee at Levine Children’s Hospital. He received his PhD from Suffolk University in Boston MA, completed his internship at University of Utah Hospital in Salt Lake City Utah, and a fellowship at Levine Children’s Hospital.


Stephanie Fortt
Stephanie is a licensed clinical social worker in Anchorage, Alaska. She has been a medical social worker for almost 15 years working in Alaska and New Hampshire. Stephanie is the social worker and mental health clinician for Providence Alaska’s CF Care Center. She has worked in the clinic for over 5 years. In addition to her role with the clinic, Stephanie is a mental health clinician for children, adolescents, and young adults with chronic medical conditions. In her free time, Stephanie enjoys hiking, skiing, and fishing with her family.