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Michael Hackmer and Dr Siddharth Shah of Greenleaf in July of 2011

Greenleaf Integrative Strategies Develops Programs To Address Stress Challenges at USAID and Across Government

I had the chance recently to interview Dr. Siddharth Shah, medical director at Greenleaf Integrative Strategies, about what his company is doing for federal agencies, including the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

Greenleaf’s mission is to help government agencies understand their stress challenges and co-create stress control programming that best meets needs. At USAID, for example, Greenleaf has built a program to assist agency employees who work in demanding environments.

Take a look at the interview, embedded below:

Interview of Dr. Siddharth Shah, Greenleaf Integrative Strategies from GovWin, a Deltek Network on Vimeo.

Background on Greenleaf Integrative Strategies

Greenleaf provides practical and actionable trauma-informed resiliency training to federal agencies and their workers to mitigate psychological trauma’s negative effects. Workers learn to appreciate the neurobiological response to extreme stress, apply tools for self-monitoring and evolve skills to thrive in the midst of crisis, vicarious trauma, burnout and critical incidents.

When I was first introduced to Greenleaf, I recognized their importance to government agencies. But their value transcends government and applies to the private sector, non-governmental organizations, and much more.

As a contractor to government and other service providers, Greenleaf creates cutting-edge training modules and table top exercises to bolster workers who are managing challenging circumstances. Modules are tailored to address the diverse cognitive styles, cultures and roles that constitute these agencies, providing a roadmap for resilience. Resilience to stress and challenging work environments, in my view, is a significant component to better mental and physical health, as well as productivity.

According to Dr. Shah, Greenleaf’s preventative care approach allows workers to:

  • Prevent conditions before they ever become a problem
  • Detect symptoms that would otherwise be overlooked
  • Mitigate damage to speed recovery

“This knowledge,” according to Dr. Shah, “serves to lessen harm to people in the line of duty and maintain the quality of operations.”

For more information, visit Greenleaf at:

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