Sonoma County Field Nursing's Liz George and Julianne Ballard have been busy! Together they lead an effort to develop a PHN home visiting model that integrates ACEs science! Their research will soon be published in The Journal of Public Health Nursing! Here is the abstract:
Trauma Informed Public Health Nursing Visits to Parents and Children (publication pending in Public Health Nursing)
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) research has demonstrated a strong correlation between a traumatic childhood and poor health and social status in adulthood. Maternal/child Public Health Nursing (PHN) home visiting teams frequently encounter families experiencing trauma,thus offering a unique opportunity to assist parents in recognizing the potential harm such stress may have for their child. The Sonoma County Field Nursing team developed a trauma-informed model utilizing ACEs education in a self-reflective approach with parents to increase family resilience and reduce the risk for future childhood trauma. This paper presents the supporting research used to develop the trauma-informed approach and describes the execution of the model by the Sonoma County Field Nursing team.
Additionally they are offering a free training for California Public Health Departments on their findings - including process, plans, and outcomes! Currently six counties have signed up. Space is limited.