This month, Public Square looks at “Children, Trauma and Resiliency” on Thursday, Feb. 25 at 7 p.m. on Channel 5.1, hosted by Megan Kamerick.  

Kamerick and guests will define “Adverse Childhood Experiences” or A.C.E. and examine how the community is coming to better understand the impact of childhood trauma and providing resources to cope with the problem.

Public’s Square’s guests include health experts, community advocates and a young woman working to overcome her own trauma for the future of herself and her children. Guests in Leadership positions include Dr. George Davis with the Children Youth and Families Department; Yael Cannon, an associate professor at the UNM School of Law and an attorney with the J. Paul Taylor Taskforce; and pediatrician Dr. Andy Hsi, who is establishing the Institute of Resiliency, Health and Justice.

“The kids involved in our juvenile justice system in New Mexico have very serious adverse childhood experiences of trauma in their early childhood,” Cannon said.

Public Square is a part of New Mexico PBS’ commitment to community engagement through meaningful dialogue.  Each month, Public Square allows for a substantive dialogue between citizens and state and local leaders. New Mexico PBS’ goal is to establish Public Square as an integral component of its community service to New Mexico.

Funding for Public Square is provided in part by grants from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and American Graduate.

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