Jasmin Williams
KC Chamber

I Didn’t Know What I Didn’t Know

Adverse Childhood Experiences and trauma informed care were completely foreign terms when I first started leading the work of Resilient KC a year and a half ago. Immediately, I started reading studies, going to trainings, talking to local experts, and working to better understand a topic I was never taught in my health focused undergraduate and graduate degree. We’ve all heard the saying, ‘You don’t know what you don’t know,’ and this was one of those times. I had no clue how vast the implications of childhood trauma affect all areas of health and wellness.
Rightly so, Adverse Childhood Experiences is considered the number one public health issue of today’s time. The more trauma, or toxic stress, that an individual experiences in childhood, the more likely they are to abuse drugs and alcohol, suffer depression, attempt suicide, obtain an STD, become obese, become diabetic, and so on and so forth. Science has shown that ACEs impact brain development and can rewire our genes. ACEs impact every area of society and expand across all demographics, races, ethnicities, and social classes. One out of every four adults has experienced at least one ACE.

Brain Scan

“Resilient KC”
Resilient KC is a community-wide effort to build a trauma aware and resilient community. Through awareness, education, and training, the hope is that Kansas City organizations and businesses will work to tackle ACEs within their own communities. Through national and local grant funding, Resilient KC works with several communities:  Armed Service, Business, Health, Education, Justice, and Community. Community members from over 100 local organizations participate in the community work and helping to spread the message of the impact trauma plays on our lives. To better understand how trauma impacts the regional Kansas City area, Resilient KC is collecting ACEs and resiliency data from community members. I encourage anyone over the age of 18 to take the survey because not only will you learn more about yourself, you’ll also learn how well you’re able to bounce back when negative experiences happen to you in life.

Take the ACEs Survey

“Resilience Is Key To Business”
With all of the information that I have learned and continue to learn, I can say with great confidence that Resilience is key to business. It is vital that businesses in our community understand how trauma impacts their employees and provides the following for their employees:
  • Safety,
  • Trustworthiness and transparency,
  • Peer support,
  • Collaboration and mutuality,
  • Empowerment, and
  • Cultural, historical, and gender issue support.
The amount of trauma in a workplace impacts the rate of employee absenteeism and the number of serious problems related to work performance. Trauma in the workplace is associated with approximately $83.5 billion with regards to productivity loss and $25 billion with health care costs. If businesses changed their culture to address the trauma of their employees and build resilience in the workplace, the return on investment will speak for itself.
Lifetime Cost of Adverse Childhood

Posted: 3/23/2017 6:29:48 PM