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Community Shield Conference is Thursday

October 18, 2016

Themes:  Increase community awareness and reduce the impact of violence

LOUISVILLE, Ky.  (Oct. 17, 2016) – Community Shield, a local collaborative working to reduce the impact of violence on children in our community will hold its fourth annual conference on Oct. 20.  Featured speakers includee Dr. Nancy Hardt, professor emeritus, Pathology & Obstetrics/Gynecology College of Medicine, University of Florida, and Dr. Ruth Shepherd, former director, Division of Maternal & Child Health, Kentucky Department for Public Health.

comshieldThe event is at the Crowne Plaza, 830 Phillips Lane, in Louisville, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., and will cover information to increase awareness and understanding of the impact violence has on children and appropriate response and referral within the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) model. Participants will learn to use data to secure resources and design concrete strategies to reduce the negative impact of violence on children .

“Research examining Adverse Childhood Experiences has been able to connect the childhood experiences of adults to risk factors and long lasting effects on health and well-being,” said Chris Owens, director of Louisville Metro’s Office For Women, one of the event organizers.  “Now we have the opportunity to use that information to identify, in real time, children whose future health and well-being are at risk due to adverse childhood experiences, improve how we work with families and implement targeted trauma informed programming and prevention measures.”

Social workers, counselors, psychologists, teachers, out-of-school time providers, childcare providers, medical professionals, faith based ministers and other youth workers are encouraged to attend.

The event is co-sponsored by Kosair Charities, Metro United Way and Face It Movement  partners. The Department of Community Services/Office For Women is a core partner of Community Shield.

To learn more and register for the fourth annual Community Shield Conference visit