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Perspectives (October 2018)

Sara Merz, AHA Director

Thank goodness for people who do good things. Experts provided Community Resiliency Model (CRM) training to Hurricane Florence first responders recently. This model has been effective in reducing symptoms of post-traumatic stress for people who have experienced natural disasters. CRM has since been adapted for others to use in many settings and with all ages and cultures to support people who have experienced trauma, including Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). It is currently being used in some schools and elsewhere in Wake County.

I also want to give a shout-out to our partner YMCA of the Triangle, which brought its energetic, skilled and fun-loving youth staff to several of the shelters in Wake County during the hurricane to provide some physical activity and fun on short notice to support families and children displaced by the storm.

The topics of ACEs and building resilience are also a part of Wake County’s Population Health Task Force draft report, published last week. AHA and other community volunteers and leaders served on the Task Force. The inclusion of ACEs and resilience in the report demonstrates a strong commitment by leaders to continue the ACEs resilience movement in Wake County for a healthier community.

I’m looking forward to the Connect Raleigh Lecture on October 25 at 6 pm at WakeMed with Mark Fenton, a long-time and nationally-recognized planning and transportation expert who hosted “America’s Walking” on PBS. Several AHA partners and I are part of the panel. The focus is easy ways to be healthy in a city—join us there!






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