Dr. Vincent Felitti
Conference Marks Growing Aspirations for ACEs Movement
To hear pediatrician and activist Nadine Burke-Harris tell it, the movement to address the epidemic of childhood trauma has come a long way in the past two years. “When I first started talking about this eight years ago, I would get into a room of a thousand people and I would ask how many folks had heard of adverse childhood experiences and toxic stress,” Burke-Harris said at a conference last week organized by her organization, the San Francisco-based Center for Youth Wellness (CYW).
Clinic Screens Parents to Chart Course of Services to Children
The Children’s Clinic, tucked in a busy office park five miles outside downtown Portland, Ore. and bustling with noisy babies, boisterous kids and energetic pediatricians, seems ordinary enough. But for the last two years, a quiet revolution has been brewing in its exam rooms: When parents bring their four-month-old babies in for well-baby checkups, they talk about their own childhood trauma with their kid’s pediatrician.