#SaludTues Tweetchat 8/27: How to ‘Handle With Care’ Students Exposed to Childhood Trauma


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60% of U.S. children have been exposed to violence, crime, or abuse.

These kids still have to go to class, carrying a burden of stress and trauma that can interfere with their behavior and grades. And schools aren’t aware there’s an issue.

Fortunately, our new “Handle With Care Action Pack,” which will be released on Aug. 26, 2019, will help police and schools start a Handle With Care program. This enables police to notify school districts when they encounter a child at a traumatic scene, so school personnel and mental health partners can provide appropriate trauma-sensitive interventions.

Let’s use #SaludTues on August 27, 2019, to tweet about steps schools, communities, and healthcare professionals can start a Handle With Care program and take steps to become more trauma-sensitive.

  • WHAT: #SaludTues Tweetchat: “How to ‘Handle With Care’ Students Exposed to Childhood Trauma”
  • TIME/DATE: 1-2 p.m. ET Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019
  • WHERE: On Twitter with hashtag #SaludTues
  • HOST: @SaludAmerica
  • CO-HOSTS: Handle With Care West Virginia (@HWC_WV); Center for Youth Wellness (@CYWSanFrancisco); Stress Health (@WeStressHealth)

Our new “Handle With Care Action Pack” contains materials and technical assistance to help engage decision-makers about Handle With Care, build a group, craft a notification system, implement the program, and promote the program. The Action Pack was created by Dr. Amelie G. Ramirez, director of the Salud America! Latino health equity program at UT Health San Antonio, in collaboration with Andrea Darr, director of the West Virginia Center for Children’s Justice, which started the first Handle With Care program in 2013

During the #SaludTues Tweetchat, we’ll open the floor to science, your experiences and stories, and best practices as we explore:

  • How childhood trauma impacts Latino and all kids;
  • What schools, police, and mental health professionals can do to support these kids; and
  • Specific actions to start a Handle With Care program and other trauma-sensitive interventions in in your schools and communities.

Use #SaludTues to follow the conversation and share the latest in trauma-informed care.

Register for the August 26 webinar

#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.

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