ACEs Aren’t Wild Cards: Investing in community resilience to prevent and mitigate the effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences
“It is easier to build strong children than repair broken men.” Frederick Douglass (1817-1895)
Dr. Meredith MacKenzie, MD, Street Health Centre (part of Kingston Community Health Centres)
Kris Millan, Director of Family Health, KFL&A Public Health
Did you know that trauma and adversity in childhood can change a child’s brain structure and even influence their DNA? Chronic adversity leads to poor health and social outcomes, including increased risk of school failure, violence, incarceration, mental health conditions, substance use, and the development of chronic diseases like diabetes, COPD, stroke, cancer and heart disease.
This talk will delve deeper into the impacts of ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) and explore how we can use this knowledge to transform our community’s approach to supporting families, children and youth to address root causes and break cycles that lead to serious health issues, poverty and homelessness.
We will discuss ways to invest in community resilience including early learning, literacy, mentoring and creating opportunities for secure attachment to occur so that all of us can live in thriving, healthy communities.
This talk is based on the premise that if we can predict it, we can prevent it.
Plan to join us to learn more and explore how you can be part of the solution.
When: Monday May 13, 2019
Time: 11:45 am – 1:30 pm
Cost: $50 (includes lunch and a partial charitable donation receipt)
Where: Residence Inn by Marriott Kingston Water’s Edge, 7 Earl St, Kingston, ON