As a near neighbor of people in Montana, I am excited to talk about how the science of adversity is creating real opportunities for change. I have the privilege of working with leaders in Montana already acting in your communities to address ACEs and childhood trauma. Montana is at an exciting point to use the ideas of adversity and childhood trauma to build practical solutions but it will take all of you working together to make this real. That’s why I think Elevate Montana is such a significant opportunity. It is a chance for you all together to start the conversation and leave understanding real steps you can take. I am looking forward to being with you and sharing what we have been learning in Spokane and across Washington about practical steps grounded in science. We can reduce trauma and begin to address adverse childhood experiences as one of the most significant public health problems facing our children and communities.
Christopher Blodgett, Ph.D., Director
Area Health Education Center of Eastern Washington/CLEAR Trauma Center
Washington State University