Central Florida to Host Virtual Conference on Community Resilience & Healing

Orlando, FL – On April 21-22, the Early Learning Coalition of Orange County and the Peace and Justice Institute at Valencia College will host a two-day virtual conference on community resilience and overcoming societal challenges, including adverse childhood experiences.

The conference — “Creating a Resilient Community: From Trauma to Healing Conference — is in its fourth year. Each year, the conference hosts cutting-edge keynote speakers and convenes participants to explore community wellness, Positive & Adverse Childhood Experiences (PACEs), and trauma-informed practices that can transform our region into one of prevention, hope, healing and resilience for all.

This year’s guest speaker is Dr. Asim Jani, an epidemiologist and expert on community health. Trained at the University of South Florida College of Medicine, Jani holds multiple specialties, including internal medicine, family medicine, infectious disease and global health.

“This year, we are taking a hyper-local focus. While in the past we have brought in national experts to help us understand the issues, this year we’re looking at how we can make the shift to create a healthy community here in Central Florida,” said Rachel Allen, director of the Peace and Justice Institute at Valencia College.

While the first day of the conference, Jani will outline the paradigm shift needed to create community resilience and well-being. the second day will feature 18 workshops showcasing best practices and the work already being done in specific sectors: health/wellness, business, education, government, nonprofit, faith, criminal justice, public safety, and child welfare.

Registration is open until April 20. Tickets are $100. Students and those with limited financial ability can apply for scholarships. CEUs, Professional Development Points for Teachers (Orange County only) and Certificates of Attendance are available. To register, please visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2022-creating-a-resilient-community-from-trauma-to-healing-conference-tickets-254592401727

To learn more about the conference, please visit https://valenciacollege.edu/students/peace-justice-institute/annual-conference/ or call 407-582-2291.