Resilient Communities: The Prevention Connection

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CONCORD – On Tuesday, March 28, 300 participants gathered at Grappone Conference Center in Concord for NH Children’s Trust’s widely-anticipated event, “Resilient Communities: The Prevention Connection,” a summit aimed at inspiring action that strengthens policies, culture and behaviors that prevent child abuse and neglect and promote health and well-being.

“Children raised in strong families and resilient communities have better opportunities to thrive,” Keryn Bernard-Kriegl, Executive Director of NH Children’s Trust said. “As parents, practitioners and community members, we all have a role to play in making this a reality.”

The day was kicked off by keynote speaker Craig Zablocki, who has delivered his humorous and transformational tools on overcoming life’s obstacles to over 900,000 professionals internationally and across the country, including child-abuse-prevention specialists, law enforcement, school administrators, attorneys, mental health specialists, the armed forces and more.

“The keynote was an amazing reminder that we all do hard, emotionally draining work and we need to remember to laugh!” said Amy Michaels, Family Support and Parent Education Specialist at Hope on Haven Hill Residential Treatment Intensive Outpatient Program.

Educators, community and economic planners and leaders, health and human services providers, parents and community members interested in building resilient communities traveled locally, nationally and even internationally to learn about the intersection of current prevention strategies and community norms that lead to caring communities, strong families and thriving children; become familiar with state resources that promote resilience; and explore theoretical frameworks that improve community health and well-being.

“It was amazing learning about the numerous resources that are out there,” said Crystal Caron, a Manchester parent. “I will be educating others and guiding them to apply what I have learned by applying this to my life and leading by example.”

Attendees chose from 15 workshops, panels and film discussions led by some of the field’s most knowledgeable professionals. Seventeen participants from Wales attended the summit to learn about the Adverse Childhood Experiences Response Team (ACERT), a response team that can be deployed to serve children who have been exposed to trauma.

“The Summit helped rejuvenate me and validate my reasons for working in human services,” said Amber Royea, a Pre-K teacher at The Learning Center at Concord Hospital. “I wish the day was longer!”

Next year’s conference will be held on Monday, April 2, at the Grappone Conference Center.

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Still not sure if you want to join us next year? Here's what participants thought of this summit:

100% “The Summit was a valuable use of my time.”
95% “The keynote was effective in recharging and inspiring me.”
98% “I had opportunities to explore prevention strategies that lead to building caring communities, strong families and thriving children.”
99% “I am now more familiar with at least one NH resource that promotes resilience."

Individual workshop compilation...
93% “The workshops met my expectations.”
96% “I am more knowledgeable about the work of...”
93% “I gained knowledge that I can apply directly to my work.”

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