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2020 reimagine conference

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Patrician Banquets

410 U.S. 30

Schererville, IN 46375

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Join us to reimagine care, connection, and community that heals individuals & neighborhoods, fostering the flourishing and resilience of NWI

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**Early Registration Rates end on April 10, 2020**

2020 reimagine conference

The reimagine conference is an opportunity for everyone to explore the truth about Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), to forge new relationships, to envision new possiblities, and to build a resilient community.

Our experiences, both positive and negative, have a tremendous impact on lifelong health, opportunities, and social connectedness. ACEs undeniably link to risky health behaviors, chronic conditions, behavioral and mental health challenges, and early death.* As such, early experiences are an important public health and community development issue.

The 2020 reimagine conference will take place on June 11, 2020, at the Patrician Banquet Center in Schererville, Indiana. The objective of the conference is to inspire collaborative initiatives in communities that take a trauma‐responsive approach to community development and public health efforts. This conference is designed to deepen participants’ understanding of the science of trauma and Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and what it means to be trauma‐responsive at home, at work, and in the community.

ACEs affect approximately two-thirds of the population. We all know someone whose well-being is impacted by these adverse experiences. We encourage parents, neighbors, caregivers and community members from law enforcement, healthcare, community development, education, and mental health to attend and engage in this important community conversation.

For more than 50 years, Northwest Indiana Community Action has worked to alleviate the causes and conditions of poverty for individuals, families, and communities. Northwest Indiana Community Action’s mission is to help people to be independent and to advocate for those who can’t. Our goals are:

  • Individuals and families in Northwest Indiana are stable and achieve economic security.
  • Communities in Northwest Indiana are healthy and offer economic opportunity.
  • People in Northwest Indiana are engaged and active in building opportunities in communities.

The focus of the 2020 conference is on understanding the impact of ACEs and trauma on communities and on prevention or remediation of these effects through care, connection, and community.

Keynote Speaker

Adverse Childhood Experiences as a Public Health/Community Development Issue

Joanne Klevens, MD, PhD

This session will present the prevalence of ACEs and explain the mechanisms through which ACEs leads to risky health behaviors, chronic and infectious diseases, learning problems, and diminished life opportunities. It will describe strategies for preventing and remediating ACEs based on th best available evidence

Joanne Klevens, has worked in public health for almost 40 years, in violence prevention for 30 years, and with the CDC for almost 20 years. At the CDC, she conducted or collaborated in research on the effectiveness of interventions to prevent child maltreatment, partner violence, and youth violence. Before joining the CDC, Dr. Klevens worked as a researcher and consultant in violence prevention with the cities of Bogotá and Medellín in Colombia, South America. Her research in Colombia focused on the etiology and prevention of child maltreatment and youth violence.

Pre-Conference Intensives

The Poverty Experience

The Poverty Experiences is a facilitated immersive experience designed to help participants glimpse the realities of life with a shortage of money and an abundance of stress. Participants assume the roles of “families” who do their best to survive week‐to‐week over a simulated one‐month period. The simulation presents participants with real‐life scenarios and challenges faced by people living in poverty. The exercise is immediately followed by a group debrief, during which participants reflect on the experience, discuss insights, and consider next steps.

RESILIENCE - film screening

"The child may not remember, but the body remembers."

Researchers have recently discovered a dangerous biological syndrome caused by abuse and neglect during childhood. As the documentary Resilience reveals, toxic stress can trigger hormones that wreak havoc on the brains and bodies of children, putting them at a greater risk for disease, homelessness, prison time, and early death. While the broader impacts of poverty worsen the risk, no segment of society is immune. Resilience, however, also chronicles the dawn of a movement that is determined to fight back. Trailblazers in pediatrics, education, and social welfare are using cutting-edge science and field-tested therapies to protect children from the insidious effects of toxic stress—and the dark legacy of a childhood that no child would choose.

BROKEN PLACES - film screening

“The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong at the broken places.” Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms

Why are some children permanently damaged by early adversity while others are able to thrive? To help answer this question, filmmaker Roger Weisberg dug into his extensive film archives to update a few of the stories of the abused and neglected children he filmed decades ago. Viewers are given a unique time-lapse perspective on how the trauma that these children experienced shaped their lives as adults. BROKEN PLACES interweaves these longitudinal narratives with commentary from a few nationally renowned experts in neurobiology and early childhood development in order to illuminate the devastating impact of childhood adversity as well as the factors that can foster resilience.

Tentative Schedule

June 10, 2020 - Pre-Conference Intensives

8:30am - Registration

9:00am - The Poverty Experience

Noon - BROKEN PLACES Screening

2:15pm - RESILIENCE Screening

June 11, 2020 - Conference

8:30am - Registration

9:00am - Keynote Address, Dr. Joanne Klevens, MD, PhD

10:15am - Breakout Sessions

12:30pm - Lunch

1:30pm - Breakout Sessions

4:00pm - General Sessions

Scholarships

A limited number of scholarships may be available. Please contact the organizer (below) for more information.

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Patrician Banquets

410 U.S. 30

Schererville, IN 46375

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