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MN considers adverse childhood experiences from home to be a "public health disaster"

Mar 21 2018, Hutchinson (MN) Leader: Resilience is key to dealing with adverse childhood experiences http://www.crowrivermedia.com/hutchinsonleader/news/education/you-your-kids-school-resilience-is-key-to-dealing-with/article_dcf03e16-d645-581d-913a-b84ed7c0282e.html Hutchinson Public Schools is a proud member of PACT for Families Collaborative, a children’s mental health and family services collaborative, that serves to strengthen children, families, and communities. One of their current initiatives, Partners for Resilience, is providing Adverse Childhood Experiences (known as ACEs) & Resilience training through the help of a Bush Foundation grant. I am honored to have been selected to represent our school district and McLeod County at this two-day training in early April. According to Minnesota Communities Caring for Children, ACEs are being considered a public health disaster. The ACE study confirms that adverse experiences in early life increase physical, mental and behavioral problems later in life. The first step in trying to heal this high level of concern within any community is to start courageous conversations on how our community can work together to change the future of this increasing public health concern. Schools across the nation are being impacted by the mental health needs of our children and families, and together we can commit to helping prevent ACEs for our children…. The original study looked at 10 ACEs: emotional abuse, physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional neglect, physical neglect, and household dysfunctions including mental illness, a mother treated violently, incarcerated relative, substance abuse, and divorce. Recent research is now including community and environmental ACEs such as racism, bullying and community violence. They are proving to create the same biologic changes as the original ten ACEs. ACEs directly impact the prenatal and early childhood years. Health in the earliest years, including a mother’s well being and overall mental health in the prenatal years, lays the groundwork for a lifetime of strong physical and mental vitality necessary for a child’s successful and positive life experiences. …