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Menominee's Journey to a Culture of Health

Thursday, October 17th from 10:30 AM - 11:45 AM

Presenters: 
Jerry Waukau, Clinic Administrator, Menominee Tribal Clinic
Wendell Waukau, Superintendent, Menominee Indian School District

Description: Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) come in many forms, from physical and mental abuse to neglect and household function (www.joiningforcesforchildren.com).The research is clear that ACES changes the architecture of a developing child's brain and psychology.  The brain science indicates that early adverse childhood experiences are linked to poor literacy but also provides schools and communities an opportunity to respond. This presentation is the story of a Wisconsin Tribal Communities' path to heal their wounds of ACES and Historical trauma. Thanks to an on-going successful community engagement effort; the Menominee Nation is now on a journey to improve the health of their tribal community that includes a patient centered and student centered approach in their schools. This continuous improvement journey of cross sector community collaboration has earned the Menominee Nation national recognition as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Culture of Health Prize recipient in 2015.