Thursday, March 03, 2011

Resource: Child Maltreatment Prevention as a Public Health Priority

Via the Doris Duke Foundation, CDC's 2009 presentation on "Child Maltreatment Prevention as a Public Health Priority" featuring Jack Shonkoff and James Mercy.
Did you know some of the worst adult health problems in the nation can be linked to the toxic stress resulting from adverse experiences in childhood?

Population health priorities, including obesity, heart disease, and diabetes are associated with harmful childhood experiences such as abuse or neglect.

The goals of this webinar are to develop a shared understanding of how the prevention of child maltreatment not only promotes optimal development but also reduces disparities in health and explore the important role public health agencies play in improving the health of children and families by preventing childhood abuse and neglect.
Powerpoint presentations from the webinar are available here, although the webinar itself is not.
Instead, please listen to this excellent thought piece, sponsored by the Cambridge Trust Company: Early Childhood Development and Public Policy: Closing the gap between what we know and what we do. downloadable .MP3 file

Jack Shonkoff, the director of the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University talks about the impact of early experience on brain development and the policy and practice implications of new research.

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