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Talent Spotlight Series: Lead Wellness Coordinator

Updated: Aug 30, 2022

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Today we are talking with Lauran Larson about her career as a lead wellness coordinator.

Lauran and I first met our freshman year of college. We both lived on the same floor at the University of Oklahoma and have been so fortunate to stay connected from afar all these years. Lauran is a wonderful wife and mother to 2 kids. She is also an avid runner and an amazing advocate for health and wellness! Lauran was recently named 40 under 40 in public health for her work for the Oklahoma State Department of Health. Check out her honoree page here. I am so excited that she is willing to share her job with all of you!

Now let's learn more about Lauran...

Name: Lauran Larson

Current Position:

Lead Wellness Coordinator

Years in Current Position: Less Than 1 Year

Where Can You Connect with Lauran? Connect on LinkedIn!

What does a day in the life of an lead wellness coordinator look like?

The best thing about this position is every single day is a little different. I receive and create many unique projects for the Oklahoma State Department of Health. A lot of my time is focused on our employee wellness programming. This includes scheduling and promoting activities and using tools such as SmartSheet and Outlook.

Despite having different focuses each day there is one area of my job that remains consistent, recurring meetings. These include our Physical Activity and Nutrition staff meeting, workgroup meetings, Healthy Living Program internal huddle meeting, and many more! Some of these meetings occur once a month and some are bi-monthly or quarterly. I am the facilitator for many of these meetings which involves a lot of planning and collaborating with various colleagues.

What role or roles did you have prior to your current position?

I have spent 8 years working in public service at this point in my career. My first 18 months I worked as a Social Services Specialist at the Oklahoma Department of Human Services. During this time, I earned my Master's degree and 2 weeks before graduation began my first job in public health at Oklahoma City-County Health Department. I remained in that position for 6.5 years before taking on the role I have now.

While I have held a few different job titles over the years, all of these roles focused on grant programs administered by Oklahoma's Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust.

My areas of focus were to work with local organizations to help them adopt nutrition, physical activity, or tobacco free policies. This involved a lot of networking, presenting, and staying up to date on the latest science and policies related to chronic disease prevention.

How did your experience in previous roles help you succeed in your current position?

In my current role, I spend about half of my time assisting grantees on the programs I worked on with Oklahoma's Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust. I serve on teams that provide expertise and guidance to current grantees. I also work on a team with other partners to help create products (documents, media, etc) to support grantee efforts.

In my past roles I had experience working with businesses on adopting wellness policies and programs. This experience undoubtedly helped prepare me to run OSDH's employee wellness program. However, what set me apart was likely my willingness to try new things. I am the type of person to never shy away from a challenge. Any time our funder put out a call for grantees to participate in something "extra." I was always stepping forward - willing, excited, and even nervous!