Workshops to explore effects of negative childhoods on community

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The impact on adverse childhood experiences on businesses and communities will be the subject of two free workshops coming next month at the Walla Walla Police Department.

The high cost of absenteeism and effects on other work force issues specific to Walla Walla will be presented in a 90-minute session Feb. 6.

Chris Soderquist, an expert with the Centers for Disease Control, will present on the high cost of adverse childhood experiences and how community strategies have the best chance of reducing their effects, according to an announcement.

Soderquist has developed a pilot tool he calls the Cost Savings Learning Lab, designed to engage communities in the discussion.

Business operators are invited to attend the 7:30 a.m. session in the Walla Walla Police Department’s Community Room, 54 E. Moore St.

A second, more detailed, Learning Lab will start at 9:30 a.m. and run through 1:30 p.m. Lunch will be provided. That session is open to service providers, Children’s Resilience Initiative team members and interested community members.

In Walla Walla County, nearly one in three people report having experienced emotional abuse growing up. Nearly 25 percent report having been sexually abused. Substance abuse, loss of a parent and mental illness and domestic violence are also commonly reported.

To learn more or RSVP for one of the sessions, contact Teri Barila by Feb. 4 at 386-5855 or at teri.barila@wwcc.edu.

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