City Club October Forum: We Are Our Childhood


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Central Oregon’s Resiliency Movement for a Healthy Community

What if our health concerns are caused by childhood trauma? Recent studies have shown that one in five adults have experienced childhood trauma – like abuse, neglect, parental addiction or mental illness, divorce and more. And that the effects are lasting on our health, potentially leading to diabetes, asthma or heart disease? We are all a product of our childhood and this issue touches every group – spanning demographics (watch TedMed talk, “How Childhood Trauma Affects Health Across a Lifetime“).

Central Oregon’s community-wide collaboration, called TRACES (Trauma, Resilience and Adverse Childhood Experiences) involves social service organizations, health care providers, schools and individuals, using new approaches in developing resilience skills to minimize the harmful effects of early adversity.

Attend this City Club forum to learn how this unique collaboration was formed and hear from the diverse participants on why building resilience is at the foundation of a healthy Central Oregon community. Learn how each of us can make it easier for people to thrive in the face of adversity.

Shannon Lipscomb, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Program Lead, Human
Development and Family Sciences, Oregon State University-Cascades Campus
Katie McClure, Project Director, TRACES (Trauma, Resilience and Adverse Childhood Experiences)

Ken Wilhelm, Executive Director, United Way of Deschutes County

When: Thursday, October 18
11:15-11:45am Networking
11:45am-1pm Program

Where: Riverhouse on the Deschutes Convention Center
2850 NW Rippling River Court • Bend, OR 97701

Cost: $25 members / $40 non-members. Plated lunch is included.
To register, please visit or call 541-633-7163. Registration closes at noon on Monday, October 15. Registration fees must be paid in advance of the forum.

About City Club of Central Oregon
City Club of Central Oregon exists to be the top-of-mind hub for citizens and community leaders. We intentionally shape our community and influence public policy while preserving our uniquely warm and connected culture. We champion “passionately non-partisan” discussion between diverse perspectives.


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