Category Archives: Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE)

Committee Forms to Expand Recreation Opportunities in Tigard

Above: Tigard Community Recreation Committee (TCRC) [L to R]: Marland Henderson, Connie Ramaekers, Marc Woodard and Neal Brown comprise the TCRC committee.  Tigard Community Recreation Committee (TCRC) is a not for profit committee of citizens with a goal of expanding city recreation opportunities for everyone. The committee is working on a plan to raise enough money to construct a community recreation facility in Tigard — run by the YMCA. Why the YMCA? The YMCA has (more…)

Honest and Tough Conversations Can Save Lives

One of the top 10 causes of death for Oregonians is suicide. Oregon has more deaths each year from suicide than motor vehicle accidents. There are more than 600 deaths by suicide and more than 1,800 hospitalizations due to suicide in Oregon each year. [i] The friends and family members (suicide loss survivors) left behind are forced to navigate the tragedy of loss. In many cases, suicide loss survivors are left in the dark. Too (more…)

Resilient Children Build Strong Families and Communities

On May 17, 2019 I attended a workshop at the City of Tigard, OR public works building, “Creating Strong Families and Communities,” presented by Dr. Amy Stoeber. She covered Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) known to cause life stress and trauma (e.g., divorce, parental arrest, emotional neglect and abuse, bulling, peer pressure etc.). Children who experience ACE and have no positive, or little “trusted” adult interaction are at greater risk of depression, drug addiction, obesity, detachment (more…)