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California Essentials for Childhood Initiative (CA)

The California Essentials for Childhood Initiative uses a public health and collective impact approach to align and enhance collaborative efforts to promote safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments for children, youth and families through systems, policy and social norms change.

Crossroads of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Developmental Disabilities


Physicians, nurses, psychologists, social workers, child life professionals, and other patient service providers are invited and encouraged to join a webinar entitled:

"Crossroads of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Developmental Disabilities"

Increased levels of toxic stress, which can be caused by recurrent or chronic exposure to adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), can impair neurodevelopment, behavior, and overall health of a child (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2012; Shonkoff & Garner, 2012). Healthcare providers, including physicians, nurses, social workers and other providers, are uniquely positioned to utilize ACEs screening to distinguish between developmental delays and symptoms of toxic stress, particularly among children with behavioral concerns, to guide and support patients both in direct care and advocacy roles (Girouard, 2017; Esden, 2018). Studies suggest low ACEs screening rates by providers in clinical practice (Kerker, Storfer-Isser, & Szilagyi, 2016; Tink et al, 2017). However, health professionals have cited unsatisfactory competence as one of the main barriers in work with ACEs, and requested more knowledge, training, and organizational resources on the topic (Albaek, Kinn, & Milde, 2018).

Hosted by Children's Hospital of Philadelphia’s Violence Prevention Initiative (VPI) , this webinar will educate physicians, nurses, social workers, psychologists, child life specialists, and other patient service providers so that they can identify the overlap of signs, symptoms, and risk factors of ACEs and developmental disabilities and address each with the appropriate care in a healthcare setting.

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Date and Time

March 5, 2019

12-1:30 pm EST


Patty Huang, MD

Attending Physician within the Autism Integrated Care Program and Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, and a Senior Fellow at the Center for Injury Research and Prevention at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia


Roy Wade, Jr., MD, PhD, MPH, MSHP

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania and a general pediatrician at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and Fellow of CHOP’s Violence Prevention Initiative

Amanda Bennett, MD, MPH

Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrician within the Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics and a member of the Center for Autism Research team at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Sandhyaa Iyengar, MD, FAAP

Fellow within the Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia


1.5 Continuing Nursing Education Contact Hour

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.


CHOP is a pre-approved provider of continuing education credits for Pennsylvania Licensed Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Professional Counselors. Participants licensed in Pennsylvania who attend the full workshop and complete the required evaluation are eligible for 1.5 Continuing Education Credits. Participants licensed in other states should check with local licensing boards to determine continuing education approval. This seminar is free and open to CHOP faculty, staff and students.

**NOTE: If you interested in receiving continuing education credits, you must log on to the webinar as an individual. Those who view the webinar as a group will not be eligible to receive credit.

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