About the Harford County Trauma Institute
The Harford County Trauma Institute's goal is to increase knowledge regarding the impact of the trauma of abuse and neglect on our community's children and families, in order to enhance the skills of foster parents, professionals, and any others who care and serve children in the community. This ultimately translates into improved functioning and adjustment of our children and more opportunities/access to evidenced-based treatment when maltreatment and neglect occur. Harford County's Trauma Institute strives to make Harford County a trauma-informed community through the development of partnerships and collaboration between public and private sector business' and agencies.
Registration opens on September 16, 2019
Early Bird- September 16-October 11- $70 per person and $65 for group of 10 or more
Regular Registration - October 12-October 25th- $85 per person and $80 for groups of 10 or more
*Social Workers, Professional Counselors and Psychologists will receive 6 CEU'S*
We are excited to present our
2019 Keynote Speakers
Dr. Robert Anda
Co-Principal Investigator of Adverse Childhood
Experiences (ACEs) Study
Co-Founder of ACE Interface
Rob Anda lives in Atlanta, Georgia.
Dr. Anda graduated from Rush Medical College in 1979 and received his Board Certification in Internal Medicine in 1982. During 1982-1984 he completed a Fellowship in Preventive Medicine at the University of Wisconsin where he also received a Masters
Degree (MS) in Epidemiology. He spent 20 years conducting research as a medical officer in the U.S. Public Health
Service at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta. His research involved a variety of areas including disease surveillance, behavioral health, mental health and disease, cardiovascular disease, and childhood determinants of
He played the principal role in the design of the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study and serves as its Co-Principal Investigator. Findings from the ACE Study have been presented at Congressional Briefings and numerous conferences around the
world. The ACE Study is being replicated in numerous countries by the World Health Organization (WHO) and is now being used to assess the childhood origins of health and social problems in more than 30 U.S. states. He has more than 200 peer-reviewed and government publications such as the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) and book chapters. In addition, he has
received numerous awards and recognition for scientific achievements. He and his work are highlighted in the documentary “Resilience” by Jamie Redford that was accepted to
the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and is now being shown across the nation.
Dr. Anda now works in his role as Co-Founder of ACE Interface to deliver training materials at the state and community level about neurobiology, epigenetics, ACEs, resilience, and community capacity development. His dream is to help create a trauma informed Nation.
For nearly two decades, Laura Porter directed a statewide family-community-state partnership that successfully implemented ACE Study concepts in Washington State. In partnership with over 30
communities and nine Tribes, she developed a model for increasing the capacity of communities to prevent ACEs and their effects. Stunning success from the model, including reduction in the rates of major social and health problems, are document in peer reviewed journals, an article titled “Self-Healing Communities,” published by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and in the documentary “Resilience” by KPJR Films. Laura now works with leaders in over 30 states, providing education, facilitation, and empowerment strategies for building Self-Healing Communities. She provides support and services to a wide range of groups… from parents and youth who are convening neighborhood conversations, to philanthropic leaders and government officials who are using ACE science in investment and policy decisions. She and Dr. Robert Anda founded ACE Interface to help leaders to use ACE concepts to build Self-Healing Communities. Laura loves to travel, garden, learn, and play with her children and grandchildren.