Research shows us that Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) can lead to long term impacts, including, chronic health problems, mental illness, and substance abuse in adulthood. There is hope. Childhood adversity IS preventable and communities can work together to decrease risk factors and increase protective factors for families and children.
How? By collaborating to shift the prevention focus from individual responsibility to shared community solutions. Resilient Communities is a community-led initiative to prevent adversity and childhood maltreatment throughout South Dakota by building upon each participating community’s unique strengths and vision. The framework is rooted in evidence-based prevention strategies identified by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and other available research-based resources.
Led by a facilitating team of community members, Resilient Communities may come alongside other initiatives or community efforts already in place. Throughout, CPCM will provide technical assistance and training connections to increase community capacity to know about, respond to, and prevent childhood maltreatment, as well as how to build the conditions that can prevent Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and increase Positive Childhood Experiences (PCEs).