Research has shown that Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) can have a lifelong impact for individuals. ACEs change brain development, impair cognitive and social emotional skills and puts individuals at higher risk for chronic disease, mental illness and substance abuse.
Many entities across the state are learning about the ACE Study and beginning to understand its implications for policy and practice. Last summer thirty Winona area individuals participated in a two-day training cohort sponsored by ACE Interface, MN Communities Caring for Children (MCCC) a.k.a. Prevent Child Abuse MN (PCAMN), Winona ACES Initiatives committee and the Winona County Family Services Collaborative. Staff from Winona Area Public Schools, Corrections, Hiawatha Valley Mental health center, Winona health, Winona State University, Senior Friendship center, Head Start, Restorative Justice, CARE, Family and Children Center and Hiawatha Valley Education District. (See photo)
Participants in the training gain an understanding of the key concepts of the ACEs and Resilience curriculum; facilitate community conversations as presenters of the content, and model community change through deep dialogue with cohort and community members.
The trained facilitators are available for presentation to area organizations, businesses and schools. To schedule a presentation go to ACE's presentation request form or contact Winona Community Education at 507-494-0900 or Margaret Schild at email@example.com.
November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month, which serves as a time to share information about hospice that may help community members. Hospice is not a place but is high-quality care that enables patients and families to focus on living as fully as possible despite a life-limiting illness. Hospice care is designed to:
·Ensure that patients and families find dignity, respect, and love during life’s most difficult journey.
·Provide pain management, symptom control, psychosocial support, and spiritual care to patients and their families when a cure is not possible.
·Combine the highest level of quality medical care with the emotional and spiritual support that families need most when facing a serious illness or the end of life.
Videos and stories from families showing the many ways hospice and palliative care make special moments possible can be found at www.momentsoflife.org. Winona Health Hospice Services provides care in homes and in long-term care residences within a 25-mile radius of Winona. More information about hospice and advance care planning is available from Winona Health Winona Area Hospice Services. Call 507.457.4468.