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Join us as Dr. Merrick shares the impact of connection during the pandemic and the importance of connectedness when working to promote thriving children and families

Thursday, April 29, 2021
On Zoom

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Melissa T. Merrick, PhD, is President and CEO of Prevent Child Abuse America (PCA America), the nation’s oldest and largest nonprofit organization dedicated to the primary prevention of child abuse and neglect. She has more than 20 years of clinical, research, and leadership experience related to the etiology, course, and prevention of child abuse and neglect.

She is recognized as one of the country’s foremost experts on adverse childhood experiences (ACEs): in partnership with the US Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Child Abuse and Neglect, she served for 8 years as the lead scientist for the ACEs study at CDC and is the lead author of CDC’s Vital Signs: ACEs, the most nationally representative report on the topic.

Dr. Merrick successfully leverages her significant clinical and research experiences to communicate and disseminate the critical public health importance of preventing early adversity to key stakeholders with diverse priorities, backgrounds, and knowledge, including legislators, business and civic leaders, and members of the academic and medical communities.

Tamaé Memole has more than 20 years of experience in the not-for-profit and government sectors. She is a nationally certified trainer for the Protective Factors Framework. Her career has included the development of direct service programs supporting families, policy work at the state and national level and work in the early care and learning field.