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Initiative underway to educate communities on impact of adverse childhood experiences on developing brains [baltimoresun.com]

 

Child advocates are launching a statewide initiative Wednesday to educate communities about the impact of trauma on developing brains and its correlation with poor health outcomes.

The Family Tree, a nonprofit that works to prevent childhood abuse and neglect, is helping to train professionals across sectors — from child care and the judicial system to churches and law enforcement — on the the effects on the body and brain of physical abuse, neglect, domestic violence and parents who are incarcerated or have substance abuse issues. The project kicks off with a reception in Cross Keys.

The spotlight on Adverse Childhood Experiences, or ACEs, is based on a landmark study that designates the link as a public health crisis. The study, completed about 20 years ago, shows the connection between trauma and higher rates of heat disease, drug use, depression and overall life expectancy, among other health outcomes.

[For more on this story by Yvonne Wenger, go to http://www.baltimoresun.com/ne...-20171115-story.html]

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