A hot subject symposia session during the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) 2021 Virtual Meeting may discuss a multipronged approach to addressing youth hardship and promoting strength –in the clinical, processes, educational and community levels.
The consequence of adverse youth experiences (ACEs) on health outcomes across the lifespan is well recognized among pediatric practitioners. Increasing the ability of healthcare providers to recognize and respond to ACEs can buffer the long-term negative physical and mental health impacts of hardship and increase patient-centered care.
“In the era of COVID-19, employing a trauma-informed approach to care is of even graver importance because the reverberations of the overactivity of the biological stress response during this time will affect populations both in the near and distant future,” explained Binny Chokshi, MD.”Understanding the biological impact of stress and childhood adversity and recognizing ways in which to mitigate this impact and build resiliency is key. Our panel will serve this function.”
For pediatric practitioners, there are a number of ways to address ACEs. This symposium will review approaches at the patient, systems (clinic/hospital), community and education level. It will also highlight the importance of interdisciplinary collaborations in moving this work forward.
At the individual level, the session will review the experience of Atrium Health Levine’s Children’s Hospital as a pilot site for the National Pediatric Practice Community of the Center for Youth Wellness. Shivani Mehta, MD, MPH, will explore the facilitators and obstacles to ACE screening execution in both the community and academic primary care pediatric configurations and review the use of resource referrals as a key intervention in promoting wellbeing and endurance.
At the hospital and clinic level, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration delineates a framework to guide the production of trauma-informed systems. Anita Shah, DO, MMS, MPH, will review the experience of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in creating a trauma-informed strategic program with multidisciplinary partners.
Community partnerships could be crucial in securing resources to construct resilience and preventing youth adversity. Nia I. Bodrick, MD, MPH, FAAP, will highlight two exemplary community ventures, the Early Childhood Innovation Network and the Building Communities Resilience National Coalition.
Lastly, schooling on ACEs and trauma-informed care is crucial in assuring the sustainability and integration of approaches to face adversity. Heather Forkey, MD, will describe the Pediatric Approach to Trauma, Treatment, and Resilience (PATTeR) program, supported by the American Academy of Pediatrics. The PATTeR program has coached over 400 pediatricians and clinic staff members about youth hardship and trauma-informed care.
A multipronged approach to addressing childhood hardship and promoting strength (2021, May 4)
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