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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.

Pair of reports guides treatment of patients struggling with effects of trauma []


By Heather C. Forkey and James H. Duffee, American Academy of Pediatrics, July 26, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic and our nation’s racial reckoning have given new visibility to trauma and its impact on children.

Even before the pandemic, it was understood that the most fundamental threats to health have their roots in adversities experienced by children without sufficient buffering of a caregiver. Behavior, development, relationships and physical health can be affected for a lifetime due to the impacts of adverse experiences on brain development and neurophysiology, immune function and gene expression.

Pediatric clinicians, who are trusted by families and engage with youths throughout the life course, have an opportunity to improve outcomes. But how?

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