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ACEs Resilience Movement in Wake County and Beyond

ACEs Resilience Framework

The ACEs Resilience in Wake County Initiative has formed an Advisory Board, a Steering Committee and now four Work Groups (Community Members, Educators, Helpers and Providers, and Policy Makers) comprised of a wide range of stakeholders, including law enforcement, medical professionals, social services providers, community advocates, nonprofits and others. Orage Quarles and Lorrin Freeman, Wake County District Attorney, chair the initiative. If ACEs and resilience are new to you, view the trailer for the film Resilience.

This community-driven work is based on a draft framework working toward the vision that all Wake County residents value and practice resilience skills to improve their health, well-being and success. The Steering Committee and Work Groups are working to achieve shared indicators for success for each of the four Work Groups.

AHA’s mission is to improve health in Wake County; this mission cannot be accomplished without addressing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) because of their significant impact on physical, social and emotional health. Fortunately, the impact of ACEs can be lessened through building resilience, and this local effort is focused both on that and prevention of future ACEs.

Recently ACEs garnered national attention on a 60 Minutes segment from Oprah Winfrey featuring Dr. Bruce Perry and two trauma-informed facilities.  The March-April issue of the North Carolina Medical Journal is all about ACEs and trauma and features articles from ACEs Resilience in Wake Honorary Co-Chair Lorrin Freeman, Wake County District Attorney, along with Sharon Hirsch of Prevent Child Abuse NC, and others.

Services and Support

Wake County is home to numerous organizations and partners who have been providing much-needed trauma-informed services to community members. Individuals and organizations can access Wake Network of Care for a comprehensive directory of services related to mental and behavioral health, addiction, support, housing and more. Youth Thrive’s GIS map provides information on resources specifically for youth in Wake County; you can also download the iThrive mobile app.

Resilience Film

The 60-minute documentary Resilience is an excellent introduction to ACEs and how resilience building skills help people with ACEs. Marbles Kids Museum IMAX is hosting free community screenings on the first Wednesday of each month from 8:30-9:30 am through June. The next screening is April 11; free tickets are available online. KPJR Films, which produced the documentary, is hosting a one-day free virtual screening; stream the film any time between 6 am and 11 pm on April 3 if the Marbles IMAX screenings do not fit your schedule. Pre-register for the screening by 5 pm, Wed., March 28.

Join in KPJR’s Twitter Town Hall from 8-9 pm on April 3; follow @DocResilience and include #ResilienceReset and #BeTheOne to participate in the real-time discussion



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