“But in this context and research, I see they are running away from trauma,” Burns said. “The focus is to look in to this further now. This research will help look at people and see the root of the issue.”
Starkey said those in her profession see trauma impact kids in school several times a day.
“These students have had a trauma and we’re telling them to read, study and take a test because the state wants them to,” Starkey said. “The last thing on their mind is learning because of what is going on in their life.”
Starkey said she tells every staff member to be aware because they may be the only positive interaction a given student will receive.
Ellison suggested the religious community continue to work with others more.
“Religious communities can do more of working with schools and others to get indicators of trauma,” Ellison said. “It’s important we stretch our church boxes and reach out and focus on children.”
An ACE survey was created and is scored from 0 to 10. The higher the score, the greater the exposure and the greater the risk of negative consequences. Research has also shown that the ACE score affects mortality as well.
“Research shows it’s the community’s responsibility to reach children in the home,” Davis said.
The panel members then discussed how they envision ACE research in their profession.
Amy Miller said she envisions looking at the big picture.
“I try to look at the whole individual, not just part of the issue,” Miller said. “My focus is to meet people where they are.”
Dr. Kathleen Miller mentioned that psychology professionals forget the negative perception the public has on mental illness.
“We need to get out of Four County and in to schools, emergency and the community,” Miller said. “I hope we integrate care, and work together within the community, outside of our own systems.”