Laura Porter is a pioneer in the field of ACEs. Her seminal work through the Washington State Governor’s office applied research from the original ACEs study to collaborative, practical actions across service sectors. These actions led to profound reductions in seven major community challenges statewide. Ms. Porter discusses the study itself, her work in Washington, and how she scaled some of that success to the nationwide Master Trainer Initiative. Through this initiative, she and Dr. Rob Anda, one of the lead researchers from the ACEs study, train people to train others in presenting the topic of ACEs through a shame reduction strategy. They are building a network of trainers and presenters which is dramatically reducing community health, behavioral, and workforce challenges.
Laura Porter’s Bio
Laura Porter is a leader in efforts to use ACEs concepts to create community change. She is co-founder of ACE Interface, LLC, with Dr. Robert Anda. She develops and disseminates educational tools and strategies to improve population health, working with leaders in two dozen states on ACES-related at initiatives at the state and federal level. In Seattle, she is in the forefront of an effort to harness the pioneering NEAR science — Neuroscience, Epigenetics, ACE and Resilience – to improve health outcomes for everyone. She is committed to developing market forces in the ACE social movement sufficient to sustain the courageous leaders using ACE and resilience science to build what she terms “self-healing communities.”
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