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Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, pediatrician and CEO of the Center for Youth Wellness, works with a young patient in the film "Resilience: The Biology of Stress and The Science of Hope." 

MARION — Heartland Regional Medical Center and Prevent Child Abuse Illinois will host a free screening of “Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope” at 6 p.m. March 7 in Heartland Regional Medical Center.

Although childhood is often considered a time of joy and innocence, that is not the experience of many children. The truth is many children suffer some sort of adverse childhood event, such as physical or sexual abuse, substance abuse, or domestic violence. Exposure to childhood trauma can shorten a person’s life by 20 years.

This one-hour documentary discusses the effects of adverse childhood events (ACE) and best ways to prevent those effects by talking with pediatricians, therapists, educators and communities, who are using cutting-edge neuropsychiatry to disrupt cycles of violence, addiction and disease.

“The child may not remember but the body remembers,” Dr. Jack Shonkoff, director of the Center for the Developing Child, says in the film.

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A panel discussion will follow the film screening and will feature local experts who are working to prevent childhood trauma, treat toxic stress and improve the health of future generations. Panelists include: Dr. Matt Buckman, child psychologist and clinical director of Egyptian Health Department; Mary Beth Long, registered nurse and found of Creating Compassionate Communities; Dr. Ronald Chediak, a pediatrician practicing in Marion; and Dawn Tondini, Marion Police Chief.

Seating is limited, so reservations are encouraged. To reserve a seat please visit resiliencepanel.eventbrite.com.

Seating is first come first serve basis. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. with screening starting at 6 p.m. The training will be held in the main building on the ground level in Classroom No. 1.

Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits are also available to qualifying medical professionals for a $30 fee. The fee is payable upon admission.

For more information, contact Prevention Specialist Brittney Hale at 618-993-7122 or bhale@pacillinois.org.

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