Monday, May 13, 2019 from 11:45 AM to 1:30 PM EDT
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The Residence Inn by Marriott
7 Earl Street
Kingston, ON K7L 0A5

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Together, we've been making meaningful and lasting impacts in our community since 1995.

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Community Foundation for Kingston & Area

 Speaker Series Luncheon

 ACEs Aren't Wild Cards: Investing in community resilience to prevent and mitigate the effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences


Dr. Meredith MacKenzie, MD, Street Health Centre (part of Kingston Community Health Centres)

Kris Millan, Director of Family Health, KFL&A Public Health


When: Monday May 13, 2019 11:45am - 1:30pm

Cost: $50.00 (includes luncheon and $25.00 charitable receipt)

Where: The Residence Inn by Marriott, 7 Earl Street, Kingston ON K7L 0A5

“It is easier to build strong children than repair broken men.” Frederick Douglass (1817-1895)

Did you know that trauma and adversity in childhood can change a child’s brain structure and even influence their DNA?  Chronic adversity leads to poor health and social outcomes, including increased risk of school failure, violence, incarceration, mental health conditions, substance use, and the development of chronic diseases like diabetes, COPD, stroke, cancer and heart disease.

This talk will delve deeper into the impacts of ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) and explore how we can use this knowledge to transform our community’s approach to supporting families, children and youth to address root causes and break cycles that lead to serious health issues, poverty and homelessness. 

We will discuss ways to invest in community resilience including early learning, literacy, mentoring and creating opportunities for secure attachment to occur so that all of us can live in thriving, healthy communities. 

This talk is based on the premise that if we can predict it, we can prevent it. 

Plan to join us to learn more and explore how you can be part of the solution.

Details and registration at www.cfka.org or by calling 613.546.9696.

About Our Speakers:

 Dr. Meredith MacKenzie, MD

Dr. Meredith MacKenzie, MD, is a family physician who has been providing primary care and addiction treatment at Street Health Centre (SHC; part of Kingston Community Health Centres) since 2000. SHC serves people who use substances, who have been recently released from incarceration, who are homeless or vulnerably housed, who are involved in street work and who are considered high-risk youth.  She is involved in teaching and research with equity seeking populations.  Her main interests are in advocacy for the prevention of the negative effects of early adversity and improving health equity for vulnerable populations.  She is an assistant professor in the Department of Family Medicine at Queen's University and teaches about addiction in the School of Medicine. She is Vice-chair of the Quality Assurance Committee, Methadone Specialty Panel, at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario.

 Kris Millan

Kris Millan, RD, MHSc, is the Director of Family Health at KFL&A Public Health and has been with the organization for almost 29 years.  She is formerly a public health nutritionist and then worked as the Manager of Quality Improvement and Central Resources.  Kris has been in her current position for 6 years.  In this role, she oversees programs and services for families and children that support healthy child development through enhancing parenting capacity and parent-child relationships and fostering the creation of supportive environments in which children grow up, live, and learn.


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