The largest public health discovery of our time is about the smallest of us.
We now know that the memory of human experience – especially during childhood and adolescence – is stored in our bodies, not just our minds. From the first spark of life, as cells divide and form a tiny human being, what happens to us has an incredible impact on who we are and who we will become.
In the past 20 years, there has been an explosion of new research about how and why Adverse Childhood Experiences, or ACEs, can reliably predict trouble later in life, including behavioral and workforce issues. From heart disease to homelessness, depression to violence, ACEs are our nation’s leading cause of health and social problems.
The good news is, what is predictable is preventable. Together, we can transform community health, safety, and productivity, now and for generations to come.
Join the Thurston Chamber’s November Forum on Wednesday, November 18, to hear Liz Davis speak about this important issue.
Davis was recently named the Community Coordinator for Thurston Thrives, an ongoing collective impact initiative to improve public health and safety county-wide. She has more than 15 years of experience across multiple disciplines in the public, private and nonprofit sectors.
She currently serves as Vice President of two boards of directors – United Way of Thurston County and Child Care Action Council – and as CEO of Northwest Venture Philanthropy. She is a Past President of the Junior League of Olympia, a member of the Washington State Charities Advisory Council and a 2014 graduate of Leadership Thurston County.
Forum is at the Red Lion Hotel Olympia. Lunch is served at 11:30 a.m., and the program begins at noon. Reservations are requested at www.thurstonchamber.com.
General admission is $35 and prepaid Chamber members are $25. Members at the door are $30.
Thank you, sponsors: Washington Center for the Performing Arts and Window Genie.