Laying the Groundwork for Trauma-Informed Care – Brief

Adopting a trauma-informed approach to care has the potential to improve patient health outcomes as well as the well-being of providers. While becoming a trauma-informed health care organization can be time and resource-intensive, there are relatively simple, foundational steps that providers can take to move toward fully adopting a trauma-informed approach to care. This brief includes practical recommendations for health care organizations interested in becoming trauma-informed. It draws from the experiences of pilot sites in Advancing Trauma-Informed Care (ATC), a national initiative made possible by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and led by the Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS).

Health Policy Brief: The importance of early learning

The first five years of a child’s life are a time of both great opportunity and vulnerability. Early
childhood lays the groundwork for physical, emotional, social and intellectual development later in life. The human brain grows more quickly during infancy and early childhood than at any other time. However, adverse environments and experiences during these early years can have a critical impact on development and subsequent functioning of the brain and biological systems, leading to lifelong threats to educational attainment and health.

Positive Parenting Tips – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

As a parent you give your children a good start in life—you nurture, protect and guide them. Parenting is a process that prepares your child for independence. As your child grows and develops, there are many things you can do to help your child. These links will help you learn more about your child’s development, positive parenting, safety, and health at each stage of your child’s life.

Developmental Milestones for Children – CDC

Skills such as taking a first step, smiling for the first time, and waving “bye bye” are called developmental milestones. Children reach milestones in how they play, learn, speak, act, and move (crawling, walking, etc.).

Project AWARE Ohio: Advancing Wellness and Resilience in Education

Project AWARE Ohio is a partnership between the Ohio Department of Education, the Center for School Based-Mental Health Programs at Miami University and the educational service centers within three pilot communities: Cuyahoga County, Warren County and Wood County. Funded through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Project AWARE Ohio supports schools and communities in:

  • Raising awareness of behavioral health issues among school-aged youth;
  • Providing training to detect and respond to mental health challenges and crisis in children and young adults; and
  • Increasing access to behavioral health supports for children, youth and families.

Adverse Childhood Experiences: Assessing The Impact On Health And School Engagement And The Mitigating Role Of Resilience

Using the 2011–12 National Survey of Children’s Health, we assessed the prevalence of adverse childhood experiences and associations between them and factors affecting children’s development and lifelong health. After we adjusted for confounding factors, we found lower rates of school engagement
and higher rates of chronic disease among children with adverse childhood experiences.

We found higher rates of school engagement among children with adverse childhood experiences who demonstrated resilience, as well as higher rates of resilience among children with such experiences who received care in a family-centered medical home.

Adverse Childhood Experiences and Mental Health, Chronic Medical Conditions, and Development in Young Children

To determine the relationships between adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and mental health, chronic medical conditions, and social development among young children in the child welfare system. This cross-sectional study used a nationally representative sample of children investigated by child welfare (National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-Being II) from 2008 to 2009.

ACEs were associated with poor early childhood mental health and chronic medical conditions, and, among children aged 3 to 5, social development.