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Community gathers to discuss ways to improve lives of children

Community leaders gathered Thursday night to talk about helping kids that go through adverse childhood experiences.

Dozens of people from the community showed up to the event at John Wood Community College’s auditorium.

The Knowledge Center at Chaddock School hosted the forum with panelists from area schools, hospitals and churches.

Chaddock officials said they hope an event like this starts the conversation on how they can improve the way they handle kids that have gone through traumatic events.

“It starts with us and just asking if we know our neighbors are having some struggles, what can i do to help them? How can I be a good neighbor? I think it starts with treating others how we want to be treated.” said Chaddock Knowledge Center Associate Director Josh Carlson.

Carlson said the study they discussed tonight links adverse childhood experiences to major health problems later in life.

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