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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 1 in 5 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

The City Club’s annual meeting of members will be held at the October forum. The purpose of such meeting is to hold elections and transact such other business as may come before the meeting.

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$25 members / $40 non-members. Plated lunch is included.

Registration closes at noon on Monday, October 15. Registration fees must be paid in advance of the forum.


Board members of United Way of Deschutes County