On Thursday, January 22, two internationally renowned speakers and a task force representing dozens of the Shelby County’s most respected leaders will release notable new data linking chronic exposure to adverse events during childhood to negative adult outcomes. The event will also feature the unveiling a first-of-its-kind parenting resource intended to prevent those traumatic childhood experiences for all families.

The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Center Task Force is comprised of more than 40 local leaders dedicated to raising awareness about the connection between childhood trauma, and the costly and harmful challenges the community faces. Ex-officio Task Force members include Tennessee First Lady Crissy Haslam, Memphis Mayor AC Wharton, Jr. and Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell, Jr.

WHO:          Vincent J. Felitti, M.D., Co-Principal Investigator of the ACE Study

                       Robin Karr-Morse, Author, Speaker and Universal Parenting Places Consultant

Members of the ACE Center Task Force [view member roster]

WHAT:         Free Community Forum: “Getting to Our Roots: Transforming Our Community Through Families”

WHEN:        2 to 4 p.m. — Reception immediately following 

WHERE:     Salvation Army Kroc Center | 800 East Parkway South | Memphis

RSVP:           Please RSVP to Margie (at) intesacom (dot) com

The original Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study, conducted in 1995 by the CDC and Kaiser Permanente’s Health Appraisal Clinic in San Diego, Calif., is one of the largest investigations ever conducted to assess associations between childhood maltreatment and later-life health and wellbeing.

In an effort to learn more about the underlying prevalence of adverse childhood experiences in Shelby County, the ACE Center Task Force administered a randomized, confidential telephone ACE survey to 1,506 Shelby County residents containing questions about childhood maltreatment and family dysfunction, as well as questions regarding current health status and behaviors.

The results revealed at the January 22 Forum will serve as a baseline of the community’s current levels of trauma, as well as a guidepost for the Task Force’s future program, policy and advocacy efforts.

The to-be-announced parenting resource pilot initiative will be open to all families, regardless of income. These “Universal Parenting Places (UPP)” are a collaborative of community partners and are based on the vision of author, speaker and Universal Parenting Places Consultant Robin Karr-Morse. Each parenting place is designed to make information, guidance, support and problem solving available to parents early in the appearance of behavior and health issues, before they become serious problems.