Research shows that experiencing adverse childhood trauma can have profound, negative consequences that are passed down from generation to generation. In Cabarrus County, leveraging an evidenced-based parenting approach that utilizes a public health lens is proving to be an effective method for breaking a cycle of life altering pain.
Triple P America and the Cabarrus Health Alliance embarked on a journey that would forever change the way our community engages parents. This experience led to a culture of collaboration that is specifically geared to facilitate positive outcomes among the families we serve. The impetus for this partnership emerged from a community’s passion for children, and a desire to develop an innovative approach to support families in a way that would inevitably reduce adverse childhood experiences. Triple P (Positive Parenting Program) with its focus on a self-regulation, harnesses the power of the family to effect change by encouraging skills in children that help them focus and prioritize tasks, set and achieve goals, control their impulses and maintain social relationships. Parents learn new ways of responding to stressors not just related to the parenting role, but life in general. This self-regulatory framework then gives parents greater capacity to encourage development of important and similar skills in their children. These are the kinds of skills that can drastically change a child’s life for the better and bring benefits to entire communities.
In Cabarrus, the Triple P project created an opportunity for collective impact through establishing new cultural norms that resulted in positive outcomes in the areas of out of home placements, child abuse, and enhanced communication among parents and children as well as among family serving organizations. The success of Cabarrus' implementation model was further affirmed by state evaluation reports. Out of the thirty-one counties funded throughout North Carolina, 54% of ALL families reached were seen by the Cabarrus County initiative.