Adverse Childhood Experiences and How to Lessen their Impacts: NJ Spotlight Roundtable

NJ Spotlight News | September 27, 2019 | Roundtables, Podcasts
At least four in 10 children in New Jersey are affected by adverse childhood experiences. What can be done to help them?
Christine Beyer, left, and Dr. Denise Rodgers

Policymakers, philanthropists and private stakeholders are increasingly recognizing how social factors — like poverty, inadequate education, and violence — impact an individual’s health and wellness over time, far beyond what medical care alone can control.

Researchers have found the toll can be particularly profound on children, since adverse childhood experiences such as sexual abuse, or having incarcerated parents, leaves youngsters many times more vulnerable to problems with their health, difficulty in school, and encounters with the criminal justice system.

In New Jersey, many children — at least four in 10, studies show — are affected by adverse childhood experiences (ACEs).

Dr. Kemi Alli, CEO, Henry J. Austin Health Center, Trenton

At an NJ Spotlight event in Hamilton on Sept. 19, the complexities of ACEs were discussed by experts representing the public sector, health care providers, and funders seeking better outcomes. They addressed the physiological impact of these painful events on young people, the toxic stress that develops in response, and how this stress erodes their wellness and ability to succeed as they age.



Dr. Kemi Alli, Chief Executive Officer, Henry J. Austin Health Center, Trenton

Christine BeyerMSW, Commissioner, New Jersey Department of Children and Families

Dr. Arturo BritoMPH, Executive Director, The Nicholson Foundation

Tracy Parris-Benjamin, LMSW, FHELA, Director, Clinical Design Community Health, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey

Dr. Denise Rodgers, FAAFP, Vice Chancellor for Interprofessional Programs, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences; RBHS Chair in Interprofessional Education, Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School



Lilo H. Stainton, Healthcare Reporter, NJ Spotlight

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