Building Resilience to Overcome Adversity: A Legislative Forum

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Connecticut State Capitol

210 Capitol Avenue

Room 310, 3rd floor, West side

Hartford, CT 06106

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Representative Robin Comey in collaboration with United Way of Connecticut / 2-1-1 Child Development Infoline & United Way of Coastal Fairfield County / Bridgeport Prospers is sponsoring a screening of the documentary Resilience: The Biology of Stress and The Science of Hope.

Join us to view the film and discuss the importance of understanding toxic stress and how to address it on a personal, programmatic, community and state level.

To view the film's trailer, go to: https://kpjrfilms.co/resilience

Researchers have discovered a dangerous biological syndrome caused by abuse and neglect during childhood: Toxic Stress. As the documentary, Resilience: The Biology of Stress and The Science of Hope 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. Learn how to help children develop resiliency to overcome adversity.

Forum Agenda:

  • Welcome and opening comments
  • Introduction to the film
  • Presentation of the film
  • A panel presentation of experts reacting to the film
  • Discussion and next steps

Panelists:

Mental health expert:
Melissa Mendez, LCSW, IMH-E
Director of Early Childhood Programs, Wheeler Clinic and Past President, Connecticut Association of Infant Mental Health

Data expert:
Celeste Jorge, MPH
Epidemiologist
Health Statistics & Surveillance Section
Connecticut Department of Public Health

Policy expert:
Lisa Honigfeld, Ph.D.
Vice President for Health Initiatives
The Child Health and Development Institute and
Vice President of the Children's Fund of Connecticut


Who should attend the forum:

Connecticut legislators, those who work with children, child advocates, funders, researchers and families are invited to this Forum.

Sponsoring Partners:
All Our Kin
Child First
Child Health and Development Institute
Connecticut Association of Infant Mental Health
Connecticut Office of Early Childhood
Connecticut Women’s Consortium
Early Childhood Alliance
Family Centered Services of Connecticut
Help Me Grow Advisory Committee
Infant Toddler Developmental Assessment (IDA) Institute
March of Dimes, Connecticut and Rhode Island
Maternal and Child Health Coalition
Minding the Baby® National Office
Project LAUNCH

'r Kids Family Center
The Connection Inc.
United Way of Coastal Fairfield County / Bridgeport Prospers
United Way of Connecticut / 2-1-1 Child Development Infoline
Wheeler Clinic

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How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Contact Heather Black at hblack@wheelerclinic.org

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Connecticut State Capitol

210 Capitol Avenue

Room 310, 3rd floor, West side

Hartford, CT 06106

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