Ottauquechee Health Foundation Brings Resilience to Woodstock

FILM – Resilience: The Biology of Stress & the Science of Hope

The Ottauquechee Health Foundation is proud to present the film screening of Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope, at the Town Hall Theater in Woodstock, Vermont on Thursday, November 29th, 6:30pm. Resilience chronicles the birth of a new movement among pediatricians, therapists, educators and communities, who are using cutting-edge brain science to disrupt cycles of violence, addiction and disease.

Resilience is a one-hour documentary that delves into the science of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and the birth of a new movement to treat and prevent toxic stress. Now understood to be one of the leading causes of everything from heart disease and cancer to substance abuse and depression, extremely stressful experiences in childhood can alter brain development and have lifelong effects on health and behavior.

“The child may not remember, but the body remembers.”

The experts and practitioners profiled in Resilience show that what’s predictable is preventable. They are working in communities to talk about the effects of divorce, abuse and neglect, and using cutting-edge science to help the next generation break the cycles of adversity and disease.

“In the United States, we spend trillions of dollars every year treating preventable diseases, rather than intervening before a patient is sick and suffering,” said Resilience director James Redford.

Prevention and support are one of the most powerful ways to shift the cycle and Resilience is an influential film that brings much needed awareness to the topic of Adverse Childhood Experiences and trauma-informed practices.

Resilience is presented through OHF’s Mindful SELF (Social Emotional Learning Foundation) program, part of a three-year, privately funded initiative focused on mental health prevention for children and families. The Mindful SELF is an early intervention program designed to promote social and emotional wellbeing and mindfulness. Trained mindfulness educator, Susan Mordecai, teaches trauma-informed mindfulness practices in classrooms from pre-kindergarten to sixth grade in four area schools, coordinating with the schools’ principals, guidance staff and teachers to develop age-appropriate lessons that are tuned to the particular needs of each school and grade.

For more than 20 years, the Ottauquechee Health Foundation has fostered health and wellness in our communities through support for education and initiatives, and grants to help our neighbors meet their healthcare needs. OHF helps people with limited financial resources to access health and wellness services they might not otherwise receive, including medical care, dental care and dentures, hearing aids, eyeglasses, counseling and caregiver support.

Please join OHF as we share this powerful documentary with our community. The film screening is free and will be followed by a panel discussion with area educators and providers who are part of the national movement highlighted in Resilience to prevent childhood trauma, treat toxic stress, and greatly improve the health of future generations.


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The Ottauquechee Health Foundation provides grants and supports programs to help meet health and wellness needs in Barnard, Bridgewater, Hartland, Killington, Plymouth, Pomfret, Quechee, Reading, and Woodstock. To learn more about OHF, please visit their website:, email or call 802-457-4188.

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