Free webinar to examine racism and discrimination as risk factors for toxic stress

April 19, 2021

Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and toxic stress are a root cause to some of the most harmful, persistent, and expensive societal and health challenges facing the world today. Repeated or prolonged activation of a child’s stress response, without the buffering protections of trusted, nurturing caregivers and safe, stable environments, leads to long-term changes in the structure and functioning of the developing brain, metabolic, immune, and neuroendocrine responses, and even the way DNA is read and transcribed.

New research suggests that racism and discrimination can also serve as risk factors to activate toxic stress responses, which can lead to health conditions empirically associated with exposure to ACEs.

The ACEs Aware initiative is hosting a free, live webinar on Wednesday, April 28, 2021, from 12 – 1 p.m. to review the main social and environmental factors that lead to health disparities, as well as the impacts of racism and discrimination on public health. Presenters include:

  • Nadine Burke Harris, MD, MPH, FAAP – California Surgeon General
  • Aletha Maybank, MD, MPH – Senior Vice President and Chief Health Equity Officer, American Medical Association
  • Ray Bignall, M., FAAP, FASN – Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Nephrology and Hypertension, Nationwide Children’s Hospital and Ohio State University College of Medicine
  • Roy Wade, MD, PhD, MPH – Assistant Professor, Department of General Pediatrics, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Participants will also learn how to promote health equity as part of supporting their patients.

Click here to register. If you have questions and comments, email info@acesaware.org.

Receive ACEs Aware Training Today (Free!)

CMA encourages all physicians, particularly Medi-Cal providers, to receive ACEs Aware’s free, two-hour training to learn how screening, risk assessment and evidence-based care can effectively intervene on toxic stress. 

By screening for ACEs, providers can better determine the likelihood a patient is at increased health risk due to a toxic stress response, a critical step in responding with trauma-informed care that connects patients with a supportive network of care to mitigate the impact of ACEs.

Physicians may receive 2 Continuing Medical Education and 2 Maintenance of Certification credits upon completion - and can receive reimbursement for providing ACEs screening to Medi-Cal beneficiaries.

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