I was first inspired to create a fact sheet summarizing the effects of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) after reading a comment in “Got Your ACE score?” A reader wished she had a form to give her doctor that documented the vast body of evidence explaining how early trauma increases risk for chronic physical and mental health conditions and much more.
I could relate.
On the chance that someone here can offer a referral or advice, I'm looking for a trauma-informed medical doctor who can be my wife's Primary Care Physician. She is 39 years old and has gone without medical care for over 27 years as a result of her childhood trauma which involved severe neglect and long-term social isolation. I need to find a physician who is willing to communicate with me before her first appointment so I can fully explain her condition and what kind of approach will best...
By Daniela Germano, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, October 1, 2019 An online training program is aiming to educate health-care professionals about biases Indigenous women may experience as highlighted by allegations of recent coerced sterilizations. Dr. Naana Jumah, an obstetrician-gynecologist at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre and assistant professor at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, said the idea for the program came in 2011 when she was doing her residency.
Thank you, Veronique, for your prolific and powerful post! Thank you for your creative initiative of developing two ACEs Fact Sheets. Thank you for streamlining the pathway for patients to be well-informed and prepared to advocate for their well-being during their doctors' visits. Thank you for lifting up our amazing ACEs Connection Cissy White. "In addition to the commenter who wished for an ACE form (thank you for being so courageous and clear about what you needed), I was also inspired to...
Thanks Dana! It feels great to share resources that can be truly empowering and helpful. I hadn't thought of translating the fact sheets but absolutely. Let me know if you know anyone who would like to help me do so!
Please know I'll reach out to my colleagues in higher education to see if any of their students' can translate (Spanish, Tagalong, Vietnamese, etc.) and need additional hours for internships or field placements. Thank you again, Dr. Mead, for your exceptional ACEs Fact Sheets.
Dear Chris, I just saw your request and that you posted this question perhaps a year ago. Seeing no other comments I wanted to check in to see if you've found good care with someone who can connect well with your wife. I was once a family doctor and ended up retraining as a trauma therapist and specializing in chronic illness. If additional support is helpful I'd suggest your wife get support for healing some of these effects of trauma she has around events from childhood as they could make...
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