Connections Matter: Building Caring Connections to Improve Resiliency
Every day connections are more important than we ever believed. Science tells us that relationships have the power to shape our brains. Relationships help us learn better, work better, parent better. When we experience tough times, they help us heal. With each connection, we develop a healthier, stronger community. Today we’re going to learn more about this evidence-informed curriculum and public awareness campaign rolling out across NC. This presentation will include the summary of the day-long training curriculum (linking early brain development, trauma, resilience and community, connections and resources) and will engage with you all to help you learn how to leverage this campaign in your local community.
Taylor McDonald serves as a Partnership Engagement Manager for Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina. While focusing on connecting with stakeholders and surrounding communities, Taylor collaborates with counties in North Carolina to provide evidence-based knowledge and trainings on protective factors, ACES awareness, and the implementation of Community Prevention Action Plans. Taylor enjoys working with diverse groups throughout the state to assist in executing important stepping stones needed to gain awareness about child abuse prevention. Outside of her career, Taylor engages in philanthropic work that focuses on the inclusivity of children and families in low SES communities. Taylor has worked part time on her PhD in Human Developmental Sciences and plans to get back into the academic world soon. The work Taylor does around Protective Factors, Adverse Childhood Experiences, and Resilience has helped fuel her passion for working in diverse communities and the academic sector.
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