Toxic Stress and Early Childhood: What Policy Makers and Funders Need to Know
Friday, November 14, 2014 – Texas State Capitol Auditorium & Legislative Conference Center
The Child and Family Research Partnership at The University of Texas at Austin’s LBJ School of Public Affairs, TexProtects, and the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) co-hosted the event to inform policy makers, professionals, and academics about the impacts of early childhood adversity on physiological development.
Opening remarks were provided by Representative John Zerwas (Texas House of Representatives, District 28), and the the keynote speaker was Dr. Andrew Garner, one of the nation’s leading pediatric neuroscientists studying the effects of toxic stress on early brain development.
Sasha Rasco (Director of Prevention and Early Intervention and Contract Performance, DFPS), Sarah Abrahams (Director of Health Coordination and Consumer Services, HHSC), Madeline McClure (Executive Director, TexProtects), and Associate Professor and CFRP Director, Cynthia Osborne provided insights on the implications for Texas children and families.
Presentations from the event:
- Dr. Andrew Garner, M.D., Ph.D., F.A.A.P. , Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine - Peering Inside the Black Box: Understanding the Link Between Significant Adversity or Violence in Childhood and Poor Adult Outcomes
- Dr. Cynthia Osborne, Associate Professor and CFRP Director, The University of Texas at Austin’s LBJ School of Public Affairs – Early Findings of the Texas Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program
- Madeline McClure, Founder and Executive Director of TexProtects - The History and Progress of Home Visiting
- Sarah Abrahams, Director, Texas Health and Human Services Commission Office of Health Coordination and Consumer Services - Texas Home Visiting Programs, Office of Health Coordination and Consumer Services
- Sasha Rasco, Director, Prevention and Early Intervention and Contract Performance at Department of Family and Protective Services - Prevention and Early Intervention
- CFRP Toxic Stress 101 Storify
- CFRP Toxic Stress infographic
- Video “Saving Brains, A Grand Challenge”
- Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- Home Visiting and the Biology of Toxic Stress: Opportunities to Address Early Childhood Adversity, Andrew S. Garner, MD, PhD, FAAP
- American Academy of Pediatrics’s Trauma Guide, including Trauma Toolbox for Primary Care and Helping Foster and Adoptive Families Cope with Trauma, A Guide for Pediatricians
- Institute for Safe Families’ materials about toxic stress and adverse childhood experiences
- CFRP Evaluation of the Texas Home Visiting Program
- TexProtects Texas Home Visiting Program Consortium
- Texas Health and Human Services Commission Office of Health Coordination and Consumer Services
- Texas Department of Family and Protective Services Prevention and Early Intervention
- Texas Home Visiting Program consumer website
- Photos from the event
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