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Hundreds gather to discuss Implicit Bias at conference hosted by Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky

Statewide nonprofit Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky (PCAK) is committed to addressing racism in child welfare by facilitating difficult conversations across disciplines, including law enforcement, social work, healthcare and more.

In conjunction with their annual Kids Are Worth It! Conference, the free Implicit Bias training hosted by PCAK drew more than 225 attendees.

Implicit bias refers to the attitudes or stereotypes that affect our understanding, actions, and decisions in an unconscious manner. In PCAK’s Pre-Conference Institute “Are We ALL the SAME?: Impact and Awareness of Implicit Bias in our Personal and Professional Lives,” award-winning and respected presenters, David Cozart and Dr. Roger Cleveland, not only helped participants see the way implicit bias impacts their lives but highlighted how diversity makes us stronger and better equipped to serve.

“Unfortunately, we know we can’t eradicate racism overnight,” said Janna Estep Jordan, PCAK Director of Operations and Prevention Education. “However, by bringing people of different backgrounds together to discuss the depth of implicit bias, I believe we can start to enact change.”

The effects of toxic stress caused by racism has an impact on communities of color we can see in trends of negative health outcomes, so much so that racism is recognized as a public health crisis in cities across the nation. As an Adverse Childhood Experience, racism is an issue PCAK is committed to addressing in their work of child welfare and prevention.

The gathering of more than 200 participants was the first step the statewide child abuse prevention organization is taking to address how implicit bias impacts decisions we all make that impact children.

One early childcare professional in attendance said, “Thank you [Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky] for bringing so many together, highlighting such an important issue and amplifying the voice of the community being impacted.”

“It is essential racial justice be a central tenet of our work in child abuse prevention and trauma informed care,” said PCAK Executive Director Jill Seyfred. “We must view child welfare from an equity lens if we are to make real strides towards generational change.”

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 24th Annual Kids Are Worth It! Conference will be virtual this year, but the information provided during the conference is critical for this time. To learn more about the pre-conference institute, full conference, or to register, please visit www.pcaky.org/KidsAreWorthIt.

From Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky

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