New Opportunities Inc.
Partnerships 4 Families
Type of practice
New Opportunities and Partnerships 4 Families hosted a training entitled Adverse Childhood Experiences: A Wake Up Call for Communities. The training was delivered by Dr. Resmiye Oral, pediatrician with University of Iowa and member of the Central Iowa ACEs Steering Committee. More than 170 individuals attended from primarily the four-county area of Audubon, Carroll, Greene and Guthrie. The training targeted the community and parents, with most participants representing providers, teachers and social workers. Groups represented included WIC, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for Children, Foster Grandparents, Head Start, maternal health and Early Childhood Iowa. The training was recorded and available for attendees to share with colleagues in their organization.
The goal of the training was to bring ACEs information to the region and encourage providers to take back the knowledge to their work in the community. Key ways the training has informed practice in the region include:
The primary focus is to integrate ACEs research into work that is already occurring in the region, rather than establish another committee. This includes sharing information with community partners such as schools and businesses in their communications.
Circles of Security training
Trauma-Informed Care framework
Trainings that have link/overlap with ACEs including
It can be difficult to share information with parents, and there is a need to carefully consider how we present ACEs information to parents and families. There was a challenge in engaging health care providers in the training. There is a need to identify opportunities to engage both health care providers and systems, and offer CEUs for training.
A key goal is to do a community needs assessment and identify the next steps based on the knowledge of the training. Other key steps include identifying opportunities to engage with the health care and school systems.
Staff time was donated by New Opportunities and Partnerships 4 Families. There was also a small grant that helped offset the cost of delivering the training.
About New Opportunities Inc.
New Opportunities Inc. coordinates services and directly serves the pressing needs of residents in the service area. The ultimate goal is to "change peoples lives" through responsive, supportive, progressive, and proactive hands-on case management and support services. New Opportunities Inc. builds on its unique strengths and expands its partnerships with local service organizations to be the premier social and human services organization in the region.
About Partnerships 4 Families
Partnerships 4 Families is the Early Childhood Iowa provider for the region. P4F seeks to educate families, communities and providers with up-to-date information regarding all aspects of a child’s life from ages 0 to 5.
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