Optum Idaho, in partnership with the Idaho Children’s Trust Fund, The Speedy Foundation and the Idaho Federation of Families presented the movie RESILIENCE: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope at a professional education conference and community education event at Boise State University’s Special Events Center May 13.
Documentary filmmaker James Redford and the principal featured in the film Paper Tigers, Jim Sporleder, were guest speakers. They shared information on research that that shows how scientists are exploring a biological syndrome caused by abuse and neglect during childhood called Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). The film demonstrates how the stress of these early experiences can trigger hormones that affect children’s’ brains and bodies, putting them at a greater risk for disease, homelessness, prison time and early death. Many community professionals attended and talked about how the community can help these children.