We all face tough times. Ongoing stress from those tough times can lead to poor health outcomes and other challenges as the brain adapts to survive. Research is now showing us what we can do to change these outcomes. This presentation will highlight the importance of building caring connections with the children, families and adults in our lives to developing healthy brains, supportive relationships and thriving communities.
Brooke Hendrickx is a certified Secondary Education teacher and the Community Education Program Manager for the Child Abuse Council in Moline, IL and oversees the Rock Island County CASA Program. She has served in the this role for 3 years. Prior to becoming part of the Child Abuse Council's team, she served as the HealthWorks Program Manager for 7 years. As the HealthWorks Program Manager, she medically tracked children in foster care over a 10 county area in Illinois, working with foster parents, providers, and medical professionals to coordinate services for the kids in their care. Brooke is a trained facilitator of both the ACE Interface and Connections Matter training modules.