As NWCF enters its fourth decade of work, we’re harnessing 
the power of collaboration to lead the fight against child abuse 
and neglect, providing more opportunities for dedicated people 
to join hands and finds solutions together.

Thursday, March 15, 2018 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM
Seattle Public Library, Central Library, 1000 4th Ave in Seattle

Please join NW Children’s Fund and the Seattle Public Library for a free screening and panel discussion of Resilience, a short film that chronicles the beginning of a national movement to prevent childhood trauma, treat toxic stress and greatly improve the health of future generations

This event is free and open to the public. Doors open at 6:00 PM.

The film screening will be followed by a panel conversation focused on how equity and inclusion strategies can be incorporated into community interventions that build resilience among families of color and low-income communities.

The panel will feature Janine M. Jones, PhD, NCSP, Associate Professor and Director of the School Psychology Program at the University of Washington; Laura Porter, Co-Founder at ACE Interface; and Victor Rodriguez, Program Manager at the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department. It will be moderated by CiKeithia PughEarly Learning Program Manager at Seattle Public Library. (See biographical information for the speakers below.)

Childhood experiences such as living with an incarcerated parent, homelessness, sexual abuse and historical trauma have been conclusively linked to physical and mental health problems later in life. Recent studies have shown that these Adverse Childhood Experiences, or ACEs, have a profound neurological impact on the developing brains of children. However, as experts and practitioners profiled in the film are proving, what’s predictable is preventable. These physicians, educators, social workers and communities are daring to talk about the effects of ACEs and they’re using cutting-edge science to help the next generation break the cycles of adversity and disease.

Learn more about this event by clicking here.

This program is made possible with support from The Seattle Public Library Foundation. Co-presenters include: Sound Discipline.

Speaker Biographies

Janine M. Jones, PhD, NCSP, LP is an Associate Professor and Director of the School Psychology Program at the University of Washington. Her research focuses on providing culturally responsive mental health interventions in schools. She also studies the cultural factors associated with resilience in African American children. She an author and the editor of The Psychology of Multiculturalism in the Schools: A primer for practice, training, and research. In addition to her research, Dr. Jones studies engagement between schools and families including strategies that foster healthier relationships between home, school and community. She is a Licensed Psychologist and Nationally Certified School Psychologist with a specialty in providing psychological services for youth and families of color.

Laura Porter, Co-Founder at ACE Interface, has more than a decade of experience leading successful implementation of ACE Study concepts in Washington state in partnership with over 30 communities and nine Tribes. In addition to her work in Washington, Laura works with leaders in over 20 states, providing education, facilitation and empowerment strategies for building self-healing communities. Laura provides support and services to a wide range of groups, from parents and youth who are convening neighborhood conversations, to philanthropic leaders and government officials who are using ACE science in investment and policy decisions. She and Dr. Robert Anda founded ACE Interface to help leaders to use ACE concepts to build Self-Healing Communities.

Victor Rodriguez grew most of his life in Skagit County and is the son of two Mexican immigrant farmworkers. His professional background includes community organizing, social work and public health, working issues related to child, youth and family health, and social justice. Victor is currently a program manager at the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department. He received his MSW degree from the University of Washington and an interdisciplinary Bachelor of Arts degree from Western Washington University.

CiKeithia Pugh (Moderator) has been the Early Learning Program Manager at The Seattle Public Library since 2007.  She is responsible for the overall coordination and implementation of the library’s early learning programs and services. She also represents the Library on various early learning boards and community coalitions. CiKeithia’s background is in early childhood education with an emphasis in family and community engagement.