Patti Lund

BENTON COUNTY, IOWA—The child may not remember, but the body remembers.

Benton-Iowa Community Partnership for Protecting Children is pleased to announce Patti (Wachtendorf) Lund, recently retired Iowa State Penitentiary warden, will be giving a talk on Thursday, April 9, 2020, at Blairstown Community Center, 305 Locust Street NW. The program will begin with a showing of the 60-minute documentary RESILIENCE: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope. The event commences at 8:30 am and finishes at noon.

Ms. Lund was warden of the Iowa Correctional Institution for Women and also the first female warden of Iowa State Men’s Penitentiary. Ms. Lund will speak on the domino effect of experiences that bring people to prison, innovative programming she introduced as Warden, and what is needed to reduce recidivism.  

This training will also include a showing of the documentary RESILIENCE, a one-hour film that delves into the science of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and the movement to treat and prevent toxic stress.   Extreme stress in childhood can alter brain development and have lifelong effects on health and behavior including an increased risk for depression, substance abuse, poor academic achievement, and even early death.

But as the documentary RESILIENCE reveals, there is a way to fight back. Experts and practitioners profiled in the film are proving what is predictable is preventable. Trailblazers in healthcare, education, and social welfare are using cutting-edge science and field-tested therapies to protect children from the insidious effects of toxic stress and the domino effect Ms. Lund observed throughout her life’s work in the prison system.

“The sad thing is that a lot of our students think that what they are going through is normal. This is their normal. If no one has given them a way to think otherwise, I think that’s why the cycle just keeps going and going and going,” Cynthia Manifold, a kindergarten teacher at Strong Elementary School in New Haven, Connecticut, said following a viewing of RESILENCE.

This workshop is free and open to the public. Please register online  Questions?  Contact Erin Monaghan at 319-241-1817 or


VINTON, IOWA—Benton-Iowa Community Partnership for Protecting Children and Vinton Guild of Fine Arts are partnering this year to celebrate the importance of social connections—a key indicator of overall health and an essential factor in preventing child abuse and neglect—by facilitating a card-making event.

The two groups will host a card-making station at the upcoming Benton County Community Health and Wellness Fair set for Saturday, April 4, 2020, from 8:00 am to noon at the Vinton-Shellsburg High School.

Individuals of all ages are encouraged to stop by the station and create a card (or two!) for kids receiving inpatient or outpatient services for mental or behavioral health. Mental illness is a medical condition like asthma or diabetes—many of the same things we would write in a traditional ‘get well’ card also apply to mental illness.

For individuals and groups who would like to participate but cannot attend the fair on April 4, cards can be made ahead of time and dropped with Erin Monaghan at 1311 D Avenue, Vinton, IA 52349.

Ideas to include on cards include: I’m thinking of you, and I hope you get well soon; Remember you are never alone; I hope you are getting a lot of rest, and your body is healing; Thank you for being here; You make our world a better place; You are loved. I promise; You don’t have to feel strong all of the time; It does get better; I’m sending you hugs.

Then pull together some art supplies and get creating! Everyone can make #GreatChildhoods happen, especially you!

It is not necessary to register for the card-making station—simply show up and thank you! Questions? Contact Erin Monaghan at 319-241-1817 or

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