TOWN HALL MEETING — Tuesday April 19, 2016, 4-7 PM, Youth and Family Link

This was a wonderful event with OMSI activities and an information forum on underage drinking. It was an evening of free family fun and there was great community participation. The Brain Works table with skulls, brains, and cool facts about brain development and learning was well attended as were the many other tables and activities. Sponsors were Cowlitz County’s Youth Prevention Club, Cowlitz Community Network, Youth and Family Link, ESD112, and Toutle Lake High School.



REPORT on “N.E.A.R.” — Neuroscience, Epigenetics, Adverse Childhood Experiences, Resilience

This report from the Foundation for Healthy Generations presents breaking news from the people of Washington State, viewed through the lens of a bundle of science that is being called “N.E.A.R.”: Neuroscience, Epigenetics, Adverse Childhood Experiences and Resilience. (Fall 2014)

Report: N.E.A.R. Science



DOCUMENTARY, “Paper Tigers” — Paper Tigers captures the pain, the danger, the beauty, and the hopes of struggling teens—and the teachers armed with new science and fresh approaches that are changing their lives for the better. (2015)

Paper Tigers Documentary



REPORT: No School Alone: How community risks and assets contribute to school and youth success (March, 2015)

Christopher Blodgett, Ph.D. Washington State University

Report prepared for the Washington State Office of Financial Management in response to the Legislature’s directions in Substitute House Bill 2739

In this report, we test if the levels of the challenges resulting from Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) in a community’s adult population contribute to current conditions of disruption in children that make ACEs a multigenerational problem.

  No School Alone_ How community risks and assets contribute to school and youth success.pdf



KEYNOTE ADDRESS: N.E.A.R. Science & WA State Resilience Findings

Laura Porter explores Washington state data related to NEAR science & new Resilience factor findings. (Nov 2014)

NEAR Science is a cluster of science that stands for Neuroscience, Epigenetics, ACEs, and Resilience. This cluster gives a fuller picture of the experiences over a life time and over generations.

Pediatricians Screen Parents for ACEs to Improve Health of Babies

It turns out that just 14 questions about the childhood experiences of the parents provide information critical to the health of their baby. The answers can help determine not only if the child will succeed in school, but when the child becomes an adult, whether she or he is likely to suffer chronic disease, mental illness, become violent or a victim of violence.