Alaska CARES, Alaska Children's Trust host free film, panel discussion on child abuse in Alaska

August 04, 2017

‘Resilience’ focuses on movement to identify, implement new treatment methods for victims of sexual, physical abuse

ANCHORAGE, Alaska –  Alaska CARES and the Alaska Children’s Trust will host a free screening of the movie “Resilience: The Biology of Stress & Science of Hope” at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 10, in the Heritage Theater at the 49th State Brewery in Anchorage.

The film will be followed by a panel discussion focusing on work that is being done to provide treatment to victims of child sexual and physical abuse in Alaska.

“Resilience” is a documentary that chronicles the movement among pediatricians, therapists, educators and communities who are using cutting-edge neuroscience to disrupt cycles of violence, addiction and disease.

“Studies show a clear connection between adverse childhood experiences and serious health issues later in life. Many times these health issues extend to future generations,” said Cathy Baldwin-Johnson, M.D., medical director at Alaska CARES. “The earlier the intervention, the better the intervention, the more likely it is that we can change the trajectory of children’s lives as they grow up into adulthood.”

Who:       Alaska CARES, Alaska Children’s Trust
What:      “Resilience: The Biology of Stress & Science of Hope"
When:     6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 10 (doors open at 5:30 p.m.; panel discussion at 7 p.m.)
Where:    Heritage Theater, 49th State Brewery, 717 W. Third Ave., Anchorage

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About Alaska CARES
Alaska CARES (Child Abuse Response & Evaluation Services), part of The Children’s Hospital at Providence, is an outpatient clinic located in Anchorage that provides evaluations for children that have endured sexual, physical and other forms of child maltreatment, newborn to age 18 years, and 24-hour on-call services for cases that are considered emergent. Alaska CARES is the state's largest Child Advocacy Center (CAC) and an accredited member of the National Children's Alliance, which is the governing body for more than 750 CACs across the United States. To learn more about Alaska CARES, visit akcares.org.

About Alaska Children’s Trust
The Alaska Children’s Trust (ACT) is the lead statewide organization in Alaska focused on the prevention of child abuse and neglect.  ACT fulfills three key roles to achieve this mission: (1) advocacy, (2) convener, and (3) catalyst. As an advocate, ACT works to ensure the overall well-being of Alaska’s children and families. ACT strives to actively influence public policy within political, economic and social systems and institutions that help build a state dedicated to ensuring the well-being of Alaskan children. As a convener, ACT believes large-scale social change requires a broad cross section of a community working collectively. No one organization or program can change an existing trend. Greater progress can be made if nonprofits, governments, businesses, and the public are brought together around a common agenda to create a collective impact. As a catalyst, ACT works to inspire and implement new, innovative ideas to bring about real change. To learn more about ACT, visit www.alaskachildrenstrust.org