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Business Leaders Supporting ACEs Resilience

Matt Smith, Wake Tech Foundation and AHA Board of Directors, helped plan the “Resilience” film screening for the business community

Many thanks to the 100 business leaders who attended a film screening of Resilience last week and began to learn about Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and the impact they have on communities—and their own employees. Childhood trauma often translates into adults with low productivity, high turnover, sinking morale and rising health care costs.

“Our Leadership Raleigh team was asked to select a focused community nonprofit for our yearlong service project. After examining several options, the overwhelming choice was to join AHA in sharing the message of ACEs Resilience in Wake County,” said Matt Smith of Wake Tech Foundation.

“We believe in this method and wanted to bring our colleagues in business and industry into the conversation. Our efforts will push corporate leaders to find ways to support this message of hope through education and identification of ACEs.  We believe in hope and resiliency and want the business community to join educators, counselors, law enforcement and government leaders in advancing this movement,” Smith continued.


AHA thanks the Raleigh Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Raleigh team of Sharon Delaney McCloud of Walk West, Katherine Anne Hamlin of The Hamlin Companies, John Manning of First Bank, Michele Moffitt of OneDigital Health and Benefits, and Matt Smith for their support of the ACEs Resilience in Wake County initiative, and for planning this event and engaging their colleagues in the business community.

Thank you, Sponsors!

AHA thanks the generous sponsors that made this screening possible:

Champions: Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina and WakeMed Health and Hospitals

Supporter: John Rex Endowment

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema
First Bank
The Hamlin Companies

OneDigital Health and Benefits
Wake Tech Foundation
Walk West

Contributors: United Healthcare and Southport Graphics

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