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COMMENTARY: Why local employers need to understand ACEs

Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are not just affecting our young people. ACEs stay with us, causing a ripple effect throughout our lifetimes. ACEs affect relationships, overall health and even job performance and can lead to depression, anxiety, chronic illness, substance abuse and more. These can all, in turn, lead to increased absenteeism and then decreased performance and ultimately, decreased profits for companies.

Many top companies spend a great deal of time and money to ensure that their employees' health and happiness are a top priority. In the same way, all businesses in the Park Rapids and surrounding communities stand to benefit when they educate their employees about ACEs and then work with their employees to address ACEs. Business owners and companies who work together with other community agencies to understand and combat ACEs stand to increase productivity and profits.

If you are a community business owner, ACEs affect you. Join us to learn more about ACEs by attending our viewings of "Paper Tigers" (6 p.m. Jan. 24 or 1 p.m. Feb. 2) and "Resilience" (6 p.m. Jan. 16, Jan. 30 or 1 p.m. Jan. 19) at the Park Rapids Theater.

Also, join us Feb. 13 for the first annual ACEs Summit "Healing Begins at the Headwaters" to be held at the Park Rapids High School from 1-8 p.m. There is a registration fee, but RSVP by Jan. 18 for an early bird discount. An evening meal is included. Scholarship are available. To register, visit https://bit.ly/2FNfhaT. For more information, contact Kristen Partlow at 218-507-1869.