New White Paper Outlines Impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences, Toxic Stress on Children's Health and Development
Jun 4, 2014
San Francisco (June 5, 2014)—A new white paper, released by the Center for Youth Wellness, highlights the significant health and development challenges faced by children exposed to chronic early adversity, and outlines recommended steps that California can take to address this public health problem.
“An Unhealthy Dose of Stress” explores the link between Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and poor health outcomes. Exposure to strong, frequent or prolonged adversity, such as ACEs, without adequate support from an adult, can cause a severe stress response—or toxic stress—with serious, lifelong implications for children’s health and futures. Almost two-thirds of Californians have reported having one or more Adverse Childhood Experiences, such as abuse, neglect or household dysfunction.
“While there is still much to be learned, the science is clear: Toxic stress caused by ACEs can profoundly alter the developing bodies and brains of children,” said Dr. Nadine Burke Harris. “This white paper is intended to be a resource as well as a call to action. We must do more to recognize, prevent and heal toxic stress in children exposed to early adversity.”
The white paper also offers actionable solutions for health professionals and policy makers to promote the health and success of children facing chronic adversity, including: gathering more data on the prevalence of ACEs among Californians as a critical first step; supporting research to identify evidence-based interventions; educating pediatricians and other healthcare professionals to screen for ACEs and toxic stress; improving access to healthcare, including mental health, for all families; and advancing the integration of behavioral and physical health care services to heal the whole child—body and mind.
The full white paper can be found here: http://bit.ly/ACEswhitepaper
About Center for Youth Wellness
The Center for Youth Wellness believes that health begins with hope. We are a health organization imbedded within a primary care pediatric home serving children and families in the Bayview Hunters Point neighborhood in San Francisco. We heal children’s brains and bodies piloting the best treatments for toxic stress and sharing our findings nationally. We have the power to revolutionize pediatric medicine and transform the lives of countless kids – giving them a fair shot to grow up healthy and succeed in life. www.CenterforYouthWellness.org
About Center for Youth Wellness The Center for Youth Wellness is part of a national effort to revolutionize pediatric medicine and transform the way society responds to kids exposed to significant adverse childhood experiences and toxic stress.
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