Impact of early childhood trauma theme of Buhl Regional Health Foundation's fall forum at Thiel College

Thiel College was the location for the fourth annual Buhl Regional Health Foundation's Fall Forum. The forum focused on the impacts of trauma and early childhood events.
Buhl Regional Health Foundation's Fall Forum
Buhl Regional Health Foundation's Fall Forum
GREENVILLE, Pa. - Nov. 15, 2019 - PRLog -- Thiel College was host of the fourth annual Buhl Regional Health Foundation's Fall Forum. More than 150 health professionals, community members and students attended the forum which focused on the impacts of trauma and early childhood events.

The schedule included discussions on "The Nature and Impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences" and "Fostering Resiliency in Individuals, Families and Communities."

Portions of the event are archived on Thiel College's YouTube channel (

"The (forum) is part of the mission of the Buhl Regional Health Foundation…the promotion of collaborative partnerships and programs, capacity building and grants which will focus on and invest in all people impacted by health-related needs throughout their lives," Buhl Regional Health Foundation Executive Director Mickey Gula said. "This is an opportunity to bring attention to the impact of traumatic life experience. I am hopeful that our  community can learn more about the impact of traumatic life experiences and begin to work together to address and coordinate services to assist people in the communities served by the Foundation who have experienced traumatic life experiences."

The daylong event brought together a host of experts from the community:
  • Audrey Smith, licensed psychologist, Parkside Psychology
  • Harry Nelson, Parkside Psychological
  • Alice C. Long, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Human Development and Family Studies, Penn State Shenango
  • April Torrance, Ph.D., Executive Director, Zion Education Center
  • Laura Leskovac, Project Director, Mercer County Communities That Care
  • Sherry Valimont, Director, Mercer County Family Center

About The Buhl Regional Health Foundation

The Buhl Regional Health Foundation is committed to improving the health and well-being of the neighbors we serve. We believe that through partnerships, education, and grant making, we can creatively impact the quality of life in our communities. In direct response to the feedback from members of our community who attended our first forum, our dual focus is "Access to Healthcare" and "Addressing Mental and Physical Health Needs."

About Thiel College

Thiel College ( is a private liberal arts institution founded in the Lutheran tradition. Located in Greenville, Pa., the College offers 60 majors and minors, 24 varsity sports, and an 11:1 student-faculty ratio. A dedicated faculty paired with dynamic research and internship opportunities produce numerous graduate school and job placements. Coeducational from its beginnings, the College celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2016 and remains committed to combining tradition with innovation.

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