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For the past few years, I’ve been on a journey alongside my employer, the Young Women’s Resource Center, to better serve girls and young women throughout Greater Des Moines by improving our understanding of trauma and its impact on our clients through adolescence and into their adulthood.
Research has proven that the traumatic events we experience as children, called ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences), can damage the structure and function of the brain. The more ACEs we experience as children, and the longer their duration, the greater the odds are that we will have negative health outcomes as adults, including cancer, chronic illness or substance abuse.
Exposure to ACES and trauma is not just a phenomenon faced by the girls and young women. Women of all ages in our community have been impacted by trauma during their lives. Data from the largest and most comprehensive study conducted in the U.S. on trauma…
Huddersfield experts are making sure the Boxing Day tsunami disaster never happens again
The 2004 Boxing Day tsunami in the Indian Ocean was one of the worst natural disasters in generations.
About a quarter-of-a-million lives were lost as coastal communities in India, Thailand, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and many more, were engulfed by a massive wall of water following a 9.0 magnitude earthquake.
And if a giant tsunami again threatens the countries that surround the Indian Ocean experts from the University of Huddersfield will make up the task-force that will attempt to make sure that level of loss of life is never seen again.
An early warning system to limit the devastation was installed following the tragedy and an inter-governmental Task Team established…