Additional Resources from Laura Porter:
Laura and her colleagues developed a unique model for improving the capacity of communities to deliver stunning results for a small investment (the Self-Healing Communities Model).
Communities using the model have documented reductions in the rates of seven major social problems and Adverse Childhood Experience scores among young adults. Projected cost savings due to caseloads avoided in child welfare, juvenile justice and health costs associated with lower births to teen mothers, were estimated to be over $55m in the 2009-2011 biennium during which time the cost of the program was $8m; long term savings from avoided caseloads and improved high school graduation were conservatively estimated at over $296m.
You can read more about the Self-Healing Communities Model, in an article published by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation at: https://www.rwjf.org/en/library/research/2016/06/self-healing-communities.html.
You can watch a one-hour introductory webinar about the Self-Healing Communities Model at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=edP2C92Z4Ak
Keynote: Laura Porter
Laura Porter watched as ACE data put an end to arguments. When she worked as a liaison between Washington state elected officials and community groups, she listened to endless squabbles about which problem—youth violence, substance abuse, child maltreatment—was most important and what type of intervention most urgent and effective. ACE research demonstrated that all these concerns shared a common root.
“When people learn about ACEs, they change their thinking,” Laura says. “They stop fighting. They start learning together." "I have a unique point of view on the journey communities go through as they begin to use the science to make changes,” she says. “While communities move at different paces, they’ve all made some changes in the population rates of ACE-attributable problems.”
Laura Porter is Co-Founder of ACE Interface, LLC. With Dr. Robert Anda, Ms. Porter develops and disseminates educational products and empowerment strategies focused for transformative improvements in health and well-being. Ms. Porter concurrently serves as the Director of ACE Partnerships for the Comprehensive Health Education Foundation. With the Foundation, she oversees analysis of ACE data and works with local and state leaders to 7 embed developmental neuroscience and resilience findings into policy, practice and community norms. Laura is an award winning public servant who is best known for her work directing systemic improvements to the child and family serving system in Washington. Working with executives and managers from seven state agencies, 53 community-based collaborative organizations and leaders from ten Tribes, Laura and her colleagues developed a unique model for improving the capacity of communities to deliver stunning results for a small investment. Communities using the model have documented reductions in the rates of seven major social problems and Adverse Childhood Experience scores among young adults. Laura is mother to three children and grandmother to three precious grandchildren.