Coalition Presents Resiliency Training to Raise Awareness during Month of the Military Child (#MOTMC2015)

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The "Alaska – Forget Me Not Coalition for Service members, Veterans and their Families" addresses the need to educate community partners and the state's service providers on Adverse Childhood Experiences.

Alaska – Forget Me Not Coalition for Service members, Veterans and their Families

“Increased knowledge of ACEs improves an organization’s ability to understand and respond to issues prevalent in our Military communities,” said Elke Villegas, Director of Director of Business Development, North Star Behavioral Health

As the nation recognizes the Month of the Military Child (#MOTMC2015) and the unique sacrifices of these young men and women, the “Alaska – Forget Me Not Coalition for Service members, Veterans and their Families” presents a special training session on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). The training is designed to gain a better understanding of the effect of childhood trauma and, in turn, adult health and wellness. For those – civilian and military – who provide services and support to the Military population, it’s an incredible opportunity to learn from a formally trained ACEs presenter and partner of the Coalition. The ACEs training is scheduled for Wednesday, April 29, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm at the Fairbanks Armory. The event is free and open to the public. Registration is required.

Alaska has a great responsibility in serving the Military population. It is home to over 74,000 Veterans coupled with over 22,000 Service members and their 49,000 dependents all living within urban and rural communities. For this reason, the Coalition is engaged in building capacity statewide and fostering community partnerships with initiatives like Alaska ACEs – a group of nonprofit, private, tribal and government organizations that promote community empowerment to support and respond to the needs of individual Families and children.

“Increased knowledge of ACEs improves an organization’s ability to understand and respond to public health concerns including suicide, domestic violence and substance abuse, all issues prevalent in our Military communities,” said Elke Villegas, Director of Business Development, North Star Behavioral Health.

During the training, participants will learn about the ACE study and how traumatic experiences in childhood affect adult health and wellness, as well as, the importance of organizations working together to support prevention and resiliency within their communities. In addition, the Coalition plans to share information about their five, focus-area working groups – Behavioral Health, Child & Youth, Faith & Service, Finance (including Education & Training), and Legal – and how to join and participate in the monthly teleconference meetings. “As we move forward, it is imperative that we continue to combine our efforts and capitalize on existing programs that successfully connect our Military with much-needed resources,” said Colette Moring, Army OneSource State Community Support Coordinator.

The training session is made possible by the “Alaska Forget Me Not Coalition for Service members, Veterans and Families,” including the Alaska National Guard, Army OneSource, North Star Behavioral Health, and other partners.

For more information and to register for this free event, visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/aces-study-fairbanks-training-tickets-16307972585?aff=es2?nomo=1

Media Contact:
Colette Moring, Army OneSource, State Community Support Coordinator, (907) 231-2322
cmoring(at)afsc(dot)com

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