Trauma early in life can have a significant impact on an individual’s health and wellness throughout their life. As a result, health care organizations are beginning to focus on providing more trauma-informed care, where all parties involved recognize and respond to the impact of traumatic stress and resilience on children, caregivers, and service providers.
“Screening for adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) in pediatric clinical settings promotes early intervention and can be a tangible entry point for organizations interested in providing trauma-informed care,” according to Lisa Schafer, MPH, senior evaluation and learning consultant at the Center for Community Health and Evaluation (CCHE) at Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute.
CCHE is the evaluation partner for 2 programs that are implementing ACEs/trauma screening in pediatric settings:
CCHE recently compiled 5 important lessons from its evaluation of these programs into a brief that can be found here.
“We believe learning from these two programs can provide guidance to professionals of all types who are interested in or already implementing ACEs screening,” says Maggie Jones, MPH, director of CCHE.
To learn more about CCHE’s work on ACES, contact Lisa.M.Schafer@kp.org.
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