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Children’s Inc. annual meeting October 15 at Devou Pavilion to feature keynote speaker Wendy Ellis

Children, Inc.’s annual luncheon will feature Wendy Ellis of George Washington University as its keynote speaker.

Mark your calendars: The luncheon will be held Tuesday, October 15th from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Drees Pavilion in Devou Park.

Ellis is director of the Building Community Resilience at the Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University.

Wendy Ellis

She has spent the last decade developing and working to grow a ‘resilience movement’ to address systemic inequities that contribute to social and health disparities that are often transmitted in families and communities from generation to generation. 

In 2017, Ellis was selected as for the Doris Duke Fellowship for the Promotion of Child Well-Being which seeks to support emerging scholars focused on innovations to prevent child abuse and neglect. The fellowships are designed to develop a new generation of leaders capable of creating practice and policy initiatives that will enhance child development and improve the nation’s ability to prevent all forms of child maltreatment.

The Building Community Resilience (BCR) collaborative and networks are testing and implementing a process based on Ms. Ellis’ research in designing a strategic approach for multiple systems to align resources, programs and initiatives with community-based partners to address adverse childhood experiences and adverse community environments — or as Ellis has coined it “The Pair of ACEs.”

The strengths-based approach is aimed at building the infrastructure to promote resilience in vulnerable communities by improving access to supports and buffers that help individuals ‘bounce back’ and communities thrive. The BCR process is being tested in five regional metropolitan areas, including Cincinnati.

To RSVP for the event, please email Kylie Dressman at kdressman@childreninc.org

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