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Our bodies are wired for survival—thanks to our biological stress response system.
However, without buffering protections, adversity in childhood can lead to a toxic stress response—changes in brain structure and function, how genes are read, functioning of the immune and inflammatory systems, and growth and development.
This toxic stress response is associated with increased risk for heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, depression, anxiety, suicide, and numerous other negative health and social outcomes.
By screening children and families, providers can assess their risk of toxic stress and provide appropriate education, treatment, and services.
After all, screening is one of the most basic tools of modern public health and preventive medicine.
Let’s use #SaludTues on March 10, 2020, to Tweet about routine screening for adverse childhood experiences.
- WHAT: #SaludTues Tweetchat: Routine Screening for Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)”
- TIME/DATE: 1-2 p.m. EST Tuesday, March 10, 2020
- WHERE: On Twitter with hashtag #SaludTues
- HOST: @SaludAmerica
- CO-HOSTS: Center for Youth Wellness (@CYWSanFrancisco); ACEs Connection (@ACEsConnection); and Center for Health Care Strategies (@CHSChealth)
We’ll open the floor to science, your experiences and stories, and best practices as we explore:
- Why pediatricians should care about adverse childhood experiences;
- Examples of and concerns about routine ACEs screening; and
- How to push for routine ACEs screening in your community and state.
Use #SaludTues to follow the conversation and share the latest in trauma-informed care.
#SaludTues is a weekly Tweetchat about Latino health at 12p CST/1p ET every Tuesday and hosted by @SaludAmerica, the Latino health social media campaign for the team at the Institute for Health Promotion Research (IHPR) at The University of Texas Health, San Antonio.