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Health

Access to Health Education & Resources Matter: 
 
Did you know… 
  • Over 30% of Kitsap County residents experienced 3 or more types of traumatic events in their first 18 years of life.
  • 35-40% of our 8th & 10th graders do not have an adult they can turn to when feeling sad or hopeless.
  • Nearly 60% of people experiencing homelessness and over half of juveniles in detention have experienced 4 or more types of trauma experiences.
We know that stressful events (Adverse Childhood Experiences - ACEs) can become “toxic”; witnessing domestic violence, growing up in a home with a parent that has mental health issues or uses alcohol/drugs, being bullied in school, etc., and lead to increased physical, mental, behavioral, and social challenges throughout life. 
 
Many of the characteristics & behaviors of toddlers, adolescents, and adults that we currently identify as “maladaptive” are actually an adaptive response to a traumatic experience.  Our brains adapt in a predictable manner to traumatic events, and we develop the characteristics and traits (edgy, hypervigilant, aggressive, etc.) that give us the best chance of survival.
 
Focus on Solutions: Thankfully, we also know that the skills we need to be successful students, parents, and employees are learned through experiences and relationships with safe and caring people. This is why we are focusing on ensuring all children & adults have the relationships and experiences they need to flourish. 
 
Access to Baby & Child Dentistry: 
Keeping kids cavity free helps give children a great start in life, making sure baby teeth are healthy, tets children into a dentist as early as age one, (as recommended by the AA of Pediatric Dentistry), provides an easy exam with child in their parent’s arms, not in a dental chair, and most importantly, helps set the stage for a healthier life as an adult.
For additional questions, contact program coordinator, Carol Bruce at 360-440-3261 or email cbruce@unitedwaykitsap.org  
 
 How We Fight for Health:
Access to Baby & Child Denstistry
Graduate Strong
H.E.A.L. (Healthy Eating Active Living)
N.E.A.R. Education (Neuroscience, Epigenetics, ACEs, Resiliency)
Innovation/Trauma-Informed Care Network
Thriving Communities