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Childhood Adversity & Trauma: Strategies for Promoting Health

Beginning Wednesday, September 26; 8:00-9:00 AM (12 sessions). Providers gain new skills and knowledge through a series of case-based, interactive learning sessions via high-grade videoconferencing. No travel, no cost to participants.

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are stressful or traumatic events that may result from violence, abuse, neglect, loss, disaster, and other emotionally harmful experiences. The repercussions of ACEs are extensive, having been linked to developmental delay in preschool children, risky health behaviors such as substance abuse and high risk sexual behavior, lifelong chronic health conditions including asthma, cancer, COPD, heart disease, and liver disease and premature death. Given the high prevalence of ACEs on Chicago's South and West sides, and the serious impact that they have on lifelong health, primary care providers (PCPs) in these communities need to be equipped to approach their patients about and address issues of trauma. Through this series, ECHO-Chicago will train community-based primary care providers to assess and address ACEs and implement trauma-informed practices to improve overall well-being of adolescents living in Chicago through ECHO-Chicago’s innovative workforce development model for expanding primary care capacity in under-served communities.

This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM and 12 social work continuing education units.