What Can Be Done to Reduce Effects of Childhood Trauma on NJ’s Kids?

NJ Spotlight News | September 19, 2019 | Roundtables
An NJ Spotlight roundtable on the social factors affecting the health of young people in New Jersey. Watch a livestream of the discussion this morning

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At least four in ten children in New Jersey are affected by one or more adverse childhood experiences, according to a new study. These include traumas like poverty, divorce, incarcerated parents, sexual abuse, or drug use in the home, experiences that leave youngsters more likely to struggle in school and get in legal trouble, and can result in long-term chronic health conditions. The cycle can also repeat itself as traumatized children become parents themselves.

The impact of these adverse childhood experiences (ACES) on children in the Garden State and what can be done to reduce it is the subject of the first in NJ Spotlight’s fall series of roundtables. Although the event, which takes place today, is fully subscribed, you can watch it via livestream.

A panel of academic, clinical and policy experts will break down the problem and discuss its impact on pediatric and adult health; talk about public and private-sector efforts to prevent and address ACES; and address what else is needed to truly reduce the deadly impact of these traumas. The roundtable will be moderated by NJ Spotlight Healthcare Writer Lilo H. Stainton.

Panelists: Dr. Kemi Alli, CEO of the Henry J. Austin Health Center in Trenton; state Department of Children and Families Commissioner Christine Beyer; Dr. Arturo Brito, executive director of The Nicholson Foundation; Tracy Parris-Benjamin, director of Clinical Design Community Health for Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey; and Dr. Denise Rodgers, Vice Chancellor for Interprofessional Programs, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, who also chairs a program at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and leads the Believe in a Healthy Newark coalition.

The roundtable on “Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES): How Social Factors Affect Young People’s Health and What Can Be Done” takes place at the Hilton Garden Inn, in Hamilton. The livestream by NJ Spotlight’s sister organization, NJTV News, starts at 8:20 a.m.