Prevent Child Abuse Iowa receives funds for Connections Matter program from Polk County Board of Supervisors

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Prevent Child Abuse Iowa has been awarded a $50,000 Community Development Grant for its Connections Matter® program from the Polk County Board of Supervisors. The funding will support the development of curriculum specific to the business sector aimed at improving employee wellbeing through social engagement and mental health supports. Prevent Child Abuse Iowa will be piloting the project within Des Moines businesses over the next several months. Pilot sites will focus on understanding the impact of toxic stress and childhood trauma on adult mental and physical health. Businesses will also explore practical approaches to building social engagement in the workplace, a key factor in building resilience and mental health support.

Funding from Polk County Supervisors will also expanding the curriculum beyond the English language to increase inclusivity of Spanish-speaking workforce.

Connections Matter® is an evidence-informed initiative that was developed in response to research that shows that experiencing trauma, especially as a child, can dramatically change the brain and increase the risk of health and social problems throughout a lifetime. Research also shows that caring relationships can prevent and mitigate the effects of trauma, even in adulthood Businesses connected through caring relationships have better physical and mental health, and increased workplace productivity and school success.

The public is invited to a Check Presentation for this grant award on October 25, 2018 at 3:30 p.m. at McGowen, Hurst, Clark & Smith P.C. (1601 West Lakes Parkway, Suite 300, West Des Moines, IA 50266). A brief presentation will take place at 4:00 p.m. and light refreshments will be provided.