Patrick DeBow, FHR’s Southeast Director of Peer Recovery Services, recently attended the Building Community Resilience conference and workshop, presented by Trauma Matters Delaware (TMD). TMD’s mission is to support trauma-informed approaches, and the workshop focused on addressing trauma in the state of Delaware.
Statistics show that in every state across the country, more than 30 million American children are exposed to a range of adverse childhood experiences including abuse, neglect, domestic violence, or parental addiction and mental illness.
“Childhood adversity and adverse community environments can result in delays in learning, behavioral issues, and physical and mental health conditions that can last throughout a lifespan,” DeBow explained. “Increased rates of chronic conditions such as heart disease, obesity, and depression are also present where the higher levels of community adversity such as unemployment, homelessness, and lack of access to social services can affect children and families.”
Patrick shared that keynote speaker Wendy Ellis, Project Director of the Building Community Resilience Collaborative at the Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University, spoke of resilience as a fundamental strategy to prevent and reduce chronic conditions by addressing the root causes of these difficulties.
“Building a framework of collaboration and coordination between large systems and community members, and developing strategic partnerships can foster multiple sectors to come together in an effort to build stronger, healthier, and more resilient communities,” DeBow added.
The Building Community Resilience Collaborative seeks to improve the health of children, families, and communities through grassroots community services, as well as public and private systems. Through the support of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, as well as the Nemours Foundation and others, test sites have been set-up in Wilmington, Delaware; Washington, D.C.; Cincinnati, Ohio; Portland, Oregon; and Dallas, Texas.
For additional information about the Building Community Resilience Collaborative, visit www.acesconnection.com.
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