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May 10, 2016

Employer Workshop about “Adverse Childhood Experiences” and Impact on Workforce Coming Up May 25th

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The River Valley Workforce Investment Board and Springfield Regional Development Corporation are co-sponsoring an informational workshop on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 from 8 – 9:30 am at the Holiday Inn Express in Springfield. The topic will be Adverse Childhood Experiences and the impact on the  workforce for businesses in the region.

Bill Brown, an Area Manager and Counselor for Health Care & Rehabilitation Services (HCRS) will be presenting the program.  Research has overwhelmingly demonstrated the connection between negative early life experiences and poor long-term outcomes in adulthood. Chronic toxic stress caused by Adverse Childhood Experiences, or ACEs, increases the likelihood that an individual will develop any number of a myriad of physical, mental, economic or social maladies later in life.  In addition to the many health consequences, ACEs have a profound impact on workplace performance. The Center for Disease Control estimates that lifelong productivity loss associated with childhood maltreat costs the private sector approximately $83.5 billion.

Though well-established in academic circles, this information is only now beginning to trickle into the general population. This presentation will explore the body of research launched by the initial groundbreaking ACEs study. It will examine the process linking experiences to lifelong changes to health and wellness.  Lastly, there will be a discussion about how early childhood adversity impacts performance in the workplace and strategies employers can use to mitigate these challenges.

The program is free of charge and open to the public.  Please rsvp to Sandy at the SRDC office at 802-885-3061 or sandy@springfielddevelopment.org