Building Resilience to Adversity through Technology-Enabled Solutions

We encourage community organizations, shelters, food pantries, churches, first responders, clinics, mentors, tutors, and other public-serving organizations to register now to receive our technology-enabled solution (coming soon). To learn more about how our technology can help you and your clients, contact us at wmag@middlelayers.org. Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are prevalent and potentially devastating. Childhood trauma…

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Finding the MIDDLE Ground

Middletown, Ohio is a city rife with problems: drug abuse, poverty, and unemployment. Yet, while it is easy to define the city by its issues, a more accurate representation recognizes Middletown for its unyielding drive for improvement. Leading this cause is one of Middletown’s greatest assets, a strong civil society. Middlelayers Executive Director, Mintu Bachann,…

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Linking ACE Prevalence to Health Outcomes: how states use ACE data to guide policy

The connection between childhood trauma and later in life outcomes is widely accepted today as a significant public health issue. Researchers Dr. Vincent Felitti and Dr. Robert Anda first established the relationship in their revolutionary 1995-1997 Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Study, which remains one of the largest investigations of childhood trauma and later-in-life health and…

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Breaking the Cycle: Poverty, Adverse Childhood Experiences and Health

Health is a universal right, but not universally experienced. Instead, health disparities are prevalent in communities across the country and primarily affect marginalized populations. To better understand the causes and consequences of these disparities, Middlelayers has partnered with and learned from community organizations, government officials, and educators on the front lines of poverty alleviation and…

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Could technology help people out of poverty? This Middletown nonprofit thinks so

By Ed Richter and Rick McCrabb, Staff Writer, Journal-News BUTLER COUNTY — Every day, Maurice Maxwell, executive director of Family Service of Middletown, sees the faces of poverty. They walk into the food pantry by the hundreds each month, filling their cardboard boxes with groceries and clothing. The agency has between 600 to 700 in-takes a month, and each…

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WVU Center for Service and Learning and Middlelayers host social mobility forum

MORGANTOWN, W. Va. (WDTV)  By Francesca Constantini – West Virginia University Center for Service and Learning partnered with the startup Middlelayers to bring awareness on socio-economic factors in Appalachia and how to help younger generations. This event took place at the Mountainlair on Wednesday night. It began with the screening of the documentary film, “Replicating a J.D. Vance…

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JD Vance Documentary To Be Featured at WVU ‘Social Mobility and Service’ Forum

Leading WVU’s service efforts is the Center for Service and Learning. The Center is dedicated to “building a campus and community that encourages meaningful service connected to academic success, integrity and growth in civic responsibility.” Middlelayers is partnering with the Center for Service and Learning to explore the value of service as a tool to promote upward mobility in West Virginia. WVU students and staff and the Morgantown community are invited to attend the Social Mobility and Service forum on April 25, 2018 at 6:30 pm in Mountainlair Student Union Greenbrier Room on the WVU Morgantown campus.

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JD Vance Documentary To Be Featured During Psychology of Poverty Community Forum

Once an industrial powerhouse, Middletown, Ohio epitomizes a rust belt city on the road to recovery. ARMCO Steel (now AK Steel Holding Corporation) opened in Middletown in the early 20th century and quickly became a leader in the rolled steel industry and the city’s largest employer. Yet, by the 1960s, the steel industry began its steep decline, taking Middletown jobs, per-capita income, and population size with it.

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