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9

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My Healthy Day: Using trauma-informed care to help children and families

Pam Darnall

Name: Pam Darnall
Organization: Family & Children’s Place

How does your work support a healthier Louisville?
The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) studies, beginning in the mid-1990s, have revealed important findings that link early childhood traumas to lifelong negative physical and mental health outcomes, such as addictive behavior and chronic disease. State and local agencies receive more than three million reports of child maltreatment each year. In 2010, researchers estimated the average lifetime cost per victim of nonfatal child maltreatment is $210,012. Of this total, $43,178 comes from child and adult medical costs. Collaboration between human service agencies and health professionals to deliver a comprehensive, trauma-informed continuum of prevention and care is critical to making our community a healthier place for all. Research shows these strategies to be highly effective:

  • Using trauma-informed care therapy
  • Screening for childhood trauma when health services are accessed
  • Providing support and stabilization services to prevent child abuse
  • Providing parenting classes and home visitation services for fathers and mothers to prevent child abuse
  • Promoting neighborhood revitalization to promote safety
  • Promoted trauma-informed cultures in public and private institutions

Each day Family & Children’s Place works in this continuum of prevention and recovery, helping to prevent these adverse childhood experiences and to provide researched based, trauma-informed interventions to help every child and family have a better life and brighter future. I am excited to have this opportunity to expand our efforts to connect with others to improve health outcomes in our community.

How can individuals or companies contribute to your work or get involved?

F&CP has several ways the community can get involved in our work. We offer opportunities for volunteers to connect directly with families and children. In our Family & School Services program, we offer structured school-based programs designed to improve academic success and social emotional skills and increase parent engagement. Volunteers participate with middle school youth in either Louisville or Southern Indiana. Experiences include Family Nights, when entire families have healthy meals and practice healthy interactions among family members. Incentive experiences include field trips and overnight resiliency training.

Our PAL Coalition is a Drug Free Communities program focused on promoting resiliency and enhancing young people’s ability to prevent abuse of drugs/alcohol, resist risks and make good decisions. Volunteers attend our after-school programing with high school youth at the PAL Youth Center. Experiences may include help with homework, individual mentoring and group activities.

The F&CP Board of Directors is a voluntary Board comprising professionals and community volunteers who care about protecting children and families from child abuse and family violence, and helping those impacted to find hope and healing from the trauma they have experienced. Their personal drives and passions enable F&CP to continue making a difference in our community.

In addition, F&CP provides complimentary one-hour lunch tours of our campus where community members see first-hand how F&CP helps change lives every day for children exposed to child abuse/family violence. We also are glad to present at area businesses, faith groups, and other organizations about the agency’s mission.

What does a Healthy Day look like for you?

Personally, a healthy day includes a full day of work at F&CP, coordinating and collaborating with staff, donors, funders, partners and policy makers to help ensure the children and families that need us the most receive exceptional services, assuring we have the resources we need to provide these critical services, and sharing the mission of F&CP with the entire community. Following work, a five-mile run helps to manage the stress of the day and get the endorphins flowing, and get the heart rate up.

Sep
8

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My Healthy Day: No victims of gunshot wounds

Dr. Eddie Woods

Name: Dr. Eddie Woods

Organization: No More Red Dots

How does your work support a healthier Louisville?
Violence is a public health issue. No More Red Dots has done violence interruption is the city of Louisville since 2011. Coming off of a record breaking year (2016) for homicides, we are seeing the numbers go down at this point in 2017.

How can individuals or companies contribute to your work or get involved?
Funding/resources for the street work can be forwarded to the Office of Safe & Healthy Neighborhoods in the Mayor’s Office. Getting involved is a matter of teaching peace wherever you are. Put peace messages on your agenda. Support No More Red Dot events! Join the LIFE Hope Center for a Safe Louisville on Facebook.

What does a Healthy Day look like for you?
No gunshot wound victims, a Healthy Day.

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My Healthy Day: 10,000 steps, socializing, and a crossword

Father William B. Hammer

Name: Rev. William D. Hammer
Organization: St. Margaret Mary
How does your work support a healthier Louisville?
As a pastor of a parish with a large grade school (726 students), and a congregation of nearly 1,900 families, there are many opportunities to role model and speak to the Catholic faith’s commitment to the goodness of God’s creation. More recently, Pope Francis in his encyclical Laudato Si has called for all people of goodwill to seek an “integral ecology” that expresses the close connection between the gift of human life and the gift of creation. All human life and our world, from the moment of its origin, is to be treated with reverence, care, and good stewardship. With the “Green for Good Project” in conjunction with the Institute for Healthy Air, Water and Soil, the University of Louisville, the Office of Sustainability (Louisville Metro) and other sponsoring agencies, I hope that this Project will inspire our students and their families. I believe that over the long run, it will have ongoing ripple effect in the greening of our parish, students’ homes, parents’ places of business, homes of grandparents and extended families, Louisville’s neighborhoods, our Commonwealth, our nation, and the world. The results of the Green For Good show the scientifically measured positive impact of increasing the green canopy in our community and in individual’s health, thus a healthier Louisville already.

How can individuals or companies contribute to your work or get involved?
One area that we struggle with is the amount of waste we generate between parish activities and an elementary school with over 720+ students and 50+ staff. We used to recycle aluminum cans, but the company that would collect them has gone out of business. At present we do very little recycling beyond cardboard and that is inconsistent on our part. I wish our carbon footprint was smaller and would welcome some concrete suggestions, especially on large scale recycling.

What does a Healthy Day look like for you?
It begins after a good night’s rest and some time for prayer. A light healthy breakfast and walk to work, my residence is not far from the office. I try to get in as much walking as possible during the day, always a goal of 10,000 steps. Being an extrovert, the day also includes time socializing with students in our elementary school, and a time for non-work related conversation during lunch. The evening meal is the main meal of the day and it is one that is one filled with fresh produce and heart healthy protein in the meat selection. Evenings involve relaxing for at least an hour before going to bed, working the crossword puzzle to relax the mind and prayer before sleeping.


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