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A Data-Driven ACEs and Resilience Conference: REGISTER BY APRIL 2nd

What are ACEs? Adverse childhood experiences, or ACEs, are potentially traumatic events that occur in childhood (0-17 years). ACEs are linked to chronic health problems, mental illness, and substance misuse in adulthood. ACEs can also negatively impact education and job opportunities. However, ACEs can be prevented. Make plans to attend this important event to learn more.

Who should attend?

  • Community Members and Civic Organizations with an Interest in the Health and Well-Being of Orange County Youth
  • Local, State, and Federal Elected Representatives
  • Employers and Human Resource Specialists
  • Health Care, Mental Health, and Social Service Organizations and Employees
  • Faith-Based Community Members

What will you learn?

  • The state of the child across Indiana and in Orange County
  • How ACEs impact brain development, adult health, and social outcomes
  • Why the community needs to be concerned about ACE scores reported by Orange County students
  • How a grassroots movement to prevent ACEs and promote resilience has evolved in Orange County
  • How a local teacher changed the social climate in her classroom by making a few simple changes
  • How social workers at two Orange County schools are making a difference
  • How a local church hosted a youth group pilot program on healthy relationships
  • The state of the foster child in Orange County and how community members can make a difference
  • The employer's role in trauma prevention
  • How ACEs impact workforce development and adult worker performance


The State of the Child with Clint Kugler, Director of Statewide Outreach and Advocacy, Indiana Youth Institute

Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope – A Local Perspective with Dr. Yolanda Yoder MD, Chief Medical Officer, Southern Indiana Community Health Care

A Community Coalition's Evolution and Intersection with Workforce Development & Employers with Ramona Osborne, Chair, Thrive Orange County

From the Front Lines: An Interactive Panel Discussion with Audience Q&A with Brandy Terrell, LCSW, Youth First/Orleans Community Schools; Laura Line, 1st Grade Teacher, Throop Elementary School; Kacie Shipman, LSW, Youth First, Spring Valley Community Schools; Robin Brown, Director, Orange County CASA; Rev. Dennis Adams, Lead Pastor, United Methodist Church, Springs Valley Parish

ACEs, and Data, and Lives, Oh My! - Orange County Rises to the Challenge with Dr. John Keesler PhD LMSW, Associate Professor, Indiana University School of Social Work

Fiscal Sponsor: Orange County Community Foundation
Event Partners: Work One, Orange County Economic Development Partnership, and Southern Indiana Community Health Care

This event offers six (6) continuing education credit hours. Participants may be able to secure credit from professional licensing and credentialing agencies.