Toxic Stress & ACEs

TNAAP’s Building Bridges Among Health and Early Childhood Systems Project

Building Bridges Among Health and Early Childhood Systems Project

The Building Bridges Among Health and Early Childhood Systems is an Early Brain and Child Development initiative of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

The initiative seeks to increase collaboration between AAP State Chapters and Early Childhood Systems at the state level. Through various projects there is hope to create sustainable connections between the medical home and early childhood systems.

Adverse Childhood Experiences & Toxic Stress: A Handout for Caregivers

Dr. Seth Scholer of Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital and the Tennessee Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics were awarded funding through the Building Bridges Among Health and Early Childhood Systems Project, part of the Early Brain and Child Development (EBCD) initiative of the AAP. The focus of Tennessee’s project was to develop strategies to share consistent information about Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) with families, health providers, and others. TNAAP, in collaboration with Dr. Seth Scholer and Loraine Lucinski (TN Department of Health, Administrator of Early Childhood Initiatives) created a new handout addressing caregivers on the topic of ACEs and toxic stress. The handout received input from various focus groups, including the Prevent Child Abuse Tennessee Parent Group, AAP Parent Advisory Group, stakeholders from Building Bridges Year 1 consortium and professionals across the US.

The handout will be utilized within a variety of the programs in the TN Department of Health and shared with healthcare and childcare providers across the state. The handout is being distributed to every newborn in the state of Tennessee through the TN Department of Health’s Welcome Baby project. Through this project all new Tennessee parents receive a small mailed packet of information, including a letter of congratulations from First Lady Haslam, 10-14 days after the birth of their child.

Webinar

This short webinar introduces participants to the impact of adverse childhood experiences and toxic stress on children and families. The webinar also reviews each section of the handout for caregivers.

Toxic Stress & ACEs Contact Information

Heather Smith, M.B.A.
Training Coordinator
Phone: (615) 758-1211
Email: heather.smith@tnaap.org