The Arkansas Adverse Childhood Experiences and Resilience Workgroup hosted its first ACEs/Resilience Summit: Every Child Deserves a Champion on Oct. 13, 2017. With more than 100 in attendance, including Susan Hutchinson, First Lady of Arkansas, the workgroup started a larger conversation about ACEs, their impacts, and what communities and organizations are doing to prevent and treat ACEs and help children and families build resilience.
Dr. Alan Mease, medical director for child and adolescent health at the Arkansas Department of Health, opened the event by presenting the latest data on ACEs prevalence in Arkansas. Presentations included panel discussions on family dysfunction and the courts; abuse, neglect and trauma-informed care; and current community efforts. Dr. Chuck Dietzen, medical director for pediatric rehabilitation at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health and founder of Timmy Global Health, gave an inspiring keynote, "Making a Difference." At the end of the summit, attendees were asked to take the pledge to become a champion for children.
In conjunction with the summit, Gov. Asa Hutchinson proclaimed the day Adverse Childhood Experiences Awareness and Action Day, and the Arkansas Times published a special advertising section on child mental health.
Videos of all the sessions are on YouTube.