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Called “the greatest public health discovery of our time,” Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and the toxic stress it produces profoundly impact our community by increasing the risk of mental health challenges and chronic health conditions later in life. Oklahoma’s high rate of ACEs (28.5% vs. 20.5% US) will require a long-term effort to build resilience and promote hope.


“The child may not remember, but the body remembers.”


The original research was controversial, but the findings revealed the most important public health findings of a generation. RESILIENCE is a one-hour documentary that delves into the science of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and the birth of a new movement to treat and prevent Toxic Stress. Now understood to be one of the leading causes of everything from heart disease and cancer to substance abuse and depression, extremely stressful experiences in childhood can alter brain development and have lifelong effects on health and behavior. However, as experts and practitioners profiled in RESILIENCE are proving, what’s predictable is preventable. These physicians, educators, social workers and communities are daring to talk about the effects of divorce, abuse and neglect. And they’re using cutting edge science to help the next generation break the cycles of adversity and disease. (


If you are interested in Resilience and would like to learn more about how you might show the full film for a group setting, please contact Kim Whaley at 580.251.8558 or


To learn more about the film itself, please click here.

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