On February 22, Dr. Josh Gettinger (Family Medicine doctor & Faculty with MAHEC Family Medicine Residency) along with Melissa Baker (Director of Community Population Health at MAHEC) gave a presentation to a group of retired individuals about the science of ACEs. This was part of Hermann Gucinski's class at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UNC Asheville campus.
"The Best Science Changes the Way We See the World" ... this was the title of the first slide, over an image of the earth taken from the international space station. The presentation (slides attached) described the scientific discovery process of ACEs and the difficulty in translation into daily practice and broad application.
The response from the audience was overwhelmingly positive, with much interest in this topic that was new to everyone in the room. Individuals left thinking of many ideas of what needs to be done in our communities.
All the ACEs champions in Buncombe County continue to do much to change and improve the way our community supports individuals around trauma and resiliency. And it is such a JOY to share this information - and the hope for our future generations - with different groups of citizens via our speaker's bureau. When others get excited with us... we are that much closer to making systems improvements that support all children!