Adverse childhood experiences and trauma informed care

Activities:

  1. Watch Nadine Burke Harris’s TED talk that introduces key concepts about Adverse Childhood Experiences and how they impact health.
    • Goal: Define the scope and frequency of adverse childhood experiences (ACE) and toxic stress, the connection to illness across the lifespan, and opportunities for clinician intervention
    • Context and Instructions: Dr. Nadine Burke Harris explains how incorporating an understanding of the frequency and effects of adverse childhood experiences (ACES) can impact medical practice.

2. Then READ EITHER:

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Optional readings:

  1. NYT article on WA state resilient community success story
    • Goal: compare and contrast effective community interventions to promote resilience in our region
  1. Original ACEs study: Felitti VJ, Anda RF, Nordenberg D, et al. Relationship of childhood abuse and household dysfunction to many of the leading causes of death in adults. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 1998;14(4):245–258. doi:10.1016/s0749-3797(98)00017-8. 
    • Goal: For students who want to read the Kaiser study that introduced the idea of ACES and the impact on health.  A caveat that some language in this original paper (“family dysfunction”) would not be used in the trauma informed care environment that this work ultimately produced.

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