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ACEs19 “Building Resilient Communities: Where you live, work and play!”
September 26, 2019 8:00am
Location: Little Rock, Arkansas
Arkansas Adverse Childhood Experiences and Resilience Summit 2019 - #ACEs19
“Building Resilient Communities: Where you live, work and play!”
Visit afmc.org/ACEs for more information!
Thursday-Friday Sept. 26–27 at The Vines Center, 1 Four H Way, Little Rock, AR 72223
Saturday, Sept. 28 at the Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church, 4823 Woodlawn Dr, Little Rock, AR 72205
Join AFMC for the 2019 Arkansas Adverse Childhood Experiences and Resilience Summit Sept. 26–28 in Little Rock.
This 3rd annual event is hosted by AFMC and the Arkansas Childhood Experiences (ACEs)/Resilience Workgroup. The Workgroup is a cross-sector collaboration of approximately 300 individuals representing more than 100 organizations and government agencies in health care, public health, education, law enforcement, human services, mental health, churches, and businesses.
The Summit is designed for those involved in assessment, treatment, education, support and advocacy for children and families who experience ACEs.
Here’s why you need to attend:
1.Traumatic events that happen to children “are the single greatest unaddressed public health threat facing our nation today,” according to Dr. Robert Block, past president, American Academy of Pediatrics. Arkansas has the highest percentage of children in the nation who have had at least one adverse childhood experience (ACE).
2. Learn more about ACEs
Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are harmful or traumatic events that happen during childhood. They can include physical, emotional or sexual abuse; domestic violence; parents separated or divorced; mental illness or substance abuse in the home or having a parent in jail.
3. Learn why ACEs can affect health for a lifetime
Without the attachment to a caring adult, a child’s ACEs can create toxic stress, forcing the body into a constant state of “fight or flight response.” Toxic stress damages young bodies and brains, often resulting in behavior problems and poor school performance. It can result in chronic illness, obesity, drug misuse or addiction and mental illness later in life.
4. Learn how to increase resilience and trauma-informed care
If you want your organization or business to become more trauma informed, you’ll want to attend and learn practical, concrete techniques that have worked in other communities. “Building Resilient Communities: Where you live, work and play!” is the theme for this year’s summit. Learning resilience starts with you, expands to your family and spreads to your community. Make your community a healthy place for children to grow. Learn how to help children who are overwhelmed by childhood trauma and adults who suffer its lingering pain.
5. Learn how adverse community environments affect ACEs
A neighborhood’s social and economic issues – poverty, violent crime, racism, hunger or poor housing quality/affordability – have a lasting impact on children and their lifelong health. Personal ACEs, coupled with living in an adverse community, are a pair of “ACEs” that create toxic stress. Toxic stress forces the body into a constant state of fight or flight response.
6. Join the Arkansas Childhood Experiences/Resilience Workgroup. The Summit is hosted by AFMC and the Arkansas Childhood Experiences (ACEs)/Resilience Workgroup, a cross-sector collaboration of approximately 300 individuals representing more than 100 organizations and government agencies in health care, public health, education, law enforcement, human services, mental health, churches and businesses. By working together, we can heal the damage caused by ACEs and work to prevent ACEs in the future.
Who should attend:
Parents, especially if you have a child with ACEs
Teachers and childcare workers
Business and civic leaders
Policy makers, public officials and public health professionals
Adults who are living with their own childhood trauma
Health care professionals
Advocates involved in assessment, treatment, education, support, or advocacy for children and families who experience ACEs
Court system professionals and juvenile justice experts
Law enforcement and security personnel
Register HERE: https://www.regonline.com/aces2019
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