Understanding and addressing childhood adversity in California was the focus of the Department of Health Care Services’ Learning Series event on May 10. Steve Wirtz, from the Department of Public Health, and Lori Turk-Bicakci, from the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health, were the featured speakers. They shared the fundamentals of understanding childhood adversity, described state-wide initiatives that support increasing awareness, reducing adversity and promoting resilience, and demonstrated a data resource.
One state-wide initiative they described is the California Essentials for Childhood Initiative, which aims to raise awareness and commitment to promote safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments, create the context for healthy children and families through social norms change, programs and policies, and uses data to inform actions. They also shared how to find and use data about childhood adversity using kidsdata.org, which is an easy to use resource that offers high-quality, wide-ranging, local data to those who work on behalf of children.