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Resilient Jefferson County


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Our Mission

Jefferson County is experiencing a health crisis. The average rates of obesity, heart disease, depression, substance abuse, and suicide are much higher compared to other Indiana counties and the nation. Years of research tells us that childhood trauma has a direct link to future mental and physical health issues.


If we want to improve the health of our community, we must move upstream and focus on prevention.

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We believe in a future where all children are cared for and supported in a way that allows them to reach their full potential.

Adverse Childhood Experiences, or ACEs, are Potentially Traumatic Events That Occur In Childhood (0-18 Years)


How Can We Prevent ACES Within Our Community?

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1. Strengthen Economic Support

Strengthen economic support to family by offering financial security and family-friendly work policies within the job force.

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2. Promote Social Norms

Promote social norms that protect against violence and adversity.

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3. A Strong Start For Children

Ensure a strong start for children, including home visitation and preschool with family engagement.

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4. Childhood Education

Educate children on social-emotional learning, safe dating and healthy relationship skills, and parenting/family relationship approaches

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5. Connect Youth

Connect youth with caring adults and activities, like mentoring and after-school programs.

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6. Intervention

Intervene to lessen immediate and long-term harms.

The movie Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope is the first step in learning more about ACEs

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