Brittny Manos is a Research Coordinator in the Adolescent Medicine Division at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. She is personally dedicated to supporting adolescents and young adults, more specifically vulnerable youth, in health and wellness. The research Brittny manages at Nationwide Children’s Eating Disorder Clinic, General Adolescent Clinic, and Medication Assisted Treatment for Addiction Clinic has naturally aligned with this goal. In July of 2016, she completed her 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training at Yoga on High and is now teaching yoga to youth at the hospital. She also teaches at Kaleidoscope Youth Center, a safe and empowering center for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning and Ally youth. Brittny is enrolled in Yoga on High’s 100 Hour Trauma Sensitive Teacher Training Program and is always evolving the skills needed to better teach these populations.
Medication Assisted Treatment for Addiction (MATA) Yoga Program:
The MATA program is an outpatient clinic that prescribes buprenorphine/naloxone to adolescents and young adults with opioid use disorder while concurrently managing other medical and mental health conditions. It has been clinically documented that many of the MATA patients experience anxiety, chronic pain, and depression. In collaboration with the Yoga on High Foundation, Brittny developed the MATA Yoga Program with the intention of providing a unique resource for these patients. Classes are free, taught during clinic hours, completely voluntary, and require no yoga experience. The MATA Yoga Program uses therapeutic elements from EMBER’s curriculum, such as body-awareness techniques and meditative practices, to give students tools to help manage negative physical sensations.
Kaleidoscope Youth Center (KYC) Mindfulness Based Emotional Resilience (EMBER) Program:
KYC is a well-respected community-based organization providing direct services Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning and Ally youth, training and education to youth service providers, and important information relating to sexual orientation and gender identity issues to the community at large. They work in partnership with young people in Central Ohio to create safe and empowering spaces for youth through advocacy, education, support, and community engagement. From September 2016 to February 2017, Brittny worked with KYC and Nationwide Children’s providers on a program called “Get Fit: Mind and Body,” a community outreach program to educate LGBTQ youth on their unique health risks and preventive measures needed to achieve optimum health care and health equity. As an extension of Get Fit: Mind and Body, Brittny is now teaching EMBER classes at the center with a focus on how to use mindfulness strategies in daily stressful situations specific to these youth.