Our efforts started two years ago when the Barton County Health Department learned of the Kaiser Permanente’s study of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) (https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/childabuseandneglect/acestudy/about.html ), how ACEs effect the brain and how trauma and resilience effect a community.
Barton County’s Robert Wood Johnson’s County Rankings and Roadmaps (https://www.khi.org/policy/article/CHR2019 ) indicate we experience a high number of children living in poverty, more children with single parent households, and more signs of poverty than other areas of the State of Kansas. We see mental health issues, illicit drug use and crime. The depth of generational poverty is only getting worse. We are determined to reach the hurt, broken and isolated community members of our community. And we see people committed to revitalizing these lives.
Our group represents policy makers, people with lived experiences, business owners, school personnel and more. We are ready to build resilience. We have, ready to assist you, ACES trainers. Our presentations center on raising awareness of ACEs, their impacts and strategies to build individual and community resilience. Training is free and can be tailored to personal, business and community needs.
Our message is being heard. The RiseUp team has experienced positive interactions with our community, but we have a long way to go. From pop-up meetings to planned coffees to community events, we will #JustKeepTalking and create an environment where we can #RiseUp.