Katie Dight

Katie Dight is a Program Manager with the Cabarrus Health Alliance in Kannapolis, NC. Katie grew up in New Jersey and then happily migrated south to attend UNC Chapel Hill for her undergraduate degrees in Political Science and Sociology. Katie continued her studies at UNC, receiving her Masters in Social Work and her Masters in Public Health, with a focus on maternal and child health, along with community management and policy. An interest in violence and injury prevention led her to Cabarrus STARS, a male youth violence prevention program coordinated through the Health Alliance where she originally worked as a case manager before shifting her focus primarily on assisting schools in becoming trauma-informed.

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Building resiliency ain’t easy

Building resiliency is a difficult task. People battle toxic threats and constant stressors – poverty, discrimination, inequitable access to quality...


Finding what matters for each student

What is an Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE)? When our work around ACE’s began, few people were familiar with the term,...


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Professional development. Two words that bring a range of reactions — and facial expressions — to each meeting I’ve sat in with...


The news

Watching and reading the news can be a traumatizing experience. As I walk into schools each day, I keep asking:...


Meeting them where they’re at

“Meet the client where they’re at.” This phrase is a core tenet of providing services to individuals, particularly when these...


Paper Tigers

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Introducing a community to Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)

The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Summit, hosted by the Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC) in Asheville, was a game...


Building a trauma sensitive approach

This is my first year out of graduate school. I landed a job as case manager at the Cabarrus Health...