Practical Insights into Childhood Adversity: How ACEs Impact the Youth We Serve

Recorded On: 06/24/2019

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Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as the term used to describe all types of abuse, neglect, and other potentially traumatic experiences that occur to people under the age of 18. Data from the original ACEs study conducted in 1995 by CDC and Kaiser Permanente reveal that ACEs are quite common even among a middle-class population. In fact, more than two-thirds of the population report experiencing one ACE, and nearly a quarter have experienced three or more ACEs. The study also found a powerful, persistent correlation between the number of ACEs experienced and the the chance of poor outcomes later in life, including dramatically increased risk of heart disease, diabetes, obesity, depression, substance misuse, smoking, poor academic achievement, time out of work, and early death. While ACEs are common, youth-serving professionals and programs can have a positive influence on children experiencing adversity. This includes increasing predictability and decreasing uncertainty, increasing trust while decreasing fear, and raising self-worth while lowering self-doubt. 

Session Length: 10 minutes 

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Allison Colman (she/her)

Director of Health

National Recreation and Park Association

Allison Colman is Director of Health at the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA). For over a decade, Ms. Colman has led the development and implementation of evidence-based public health initiatives and built cross-sector collaborations to advance innovative, community-driven, systems-change strategies that improve community health and well-being. Her work lies at the intersection of public health, social justice, and social change, with the goal of ensuring that all people have the opportunity to truly thrive.

Elizabeth Cook

Senior National Advisor, Social-Emotional Health, Alliance for a Healthier Generation

Elizabeth Cook is the Senior National Advisor for Social Emotional Health at the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. A school psychologist by training, Elizabeth spent over a decade in the field before moving in to the roles of School Mental Health and then School Psychology consultant at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. In that capacity, Elizabeth led several projects related to school mental health including, Wisconsin's Trauma Sensitive Schools Initiative, an evidence-informed multi-year approach to supporting schools in implementing and sustaining trauma-informed practices.

Lauren Kiefert (she/her)

Program Manager

National Recreation and Park Association

Lauren Kiefert is a Program Manager for the National Recreation and Park Association. Lauren joined NRPA in January 2019 and supports the organization’s youth development, mentoring and mental health portfolio. Lauren brings a wealth of knowledge to NRPA, having both educational and professional experience in the public health field. Prior to joining the association, she completed her Master of Public Health degree from George Washington University, with a focus on health promotion and prevention efforts. Lauren has also been involved in substance use prevention coalitions, working with local youth and community stakeholders to address prevention, education, and awareness efforts.

Christopher Renjilian, MD, MBE

Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, Division of Adolescent Medicine, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Christopher Renjilian, M.D., M.B.E. is a pediatrician specializing in Adolescent Medicine and Sports Medicine at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).  The theme that ties together his clinical practice, teaching, research and advocacy efforts is that of building the strength of young people by fostering their internal resilience, with a particular focus on promoting youth development through healthy involvement in sports, play and recreation. Dr. Renjilian’s clinical practice ranges from inpatient hospital medicine to office-based consultation for youth with sports-related injuries or for teens with complex medical or behavioral concerns. He also specializes in the care of homeless and marginalized youth, serving as a staff physician at Covenant House Pennsylvania, an agency that serves as a crisis center and shelter for Philadelphia’s homeless youth. 

In the academic setting, Dr. Renjilian has been appointed as an Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. In this capacity, he participates in the education and mentorship of medical students and medical school graduates pursuing further training in pediatrics, adolescent medicine and sports medicine. Dr. Renjilian’s particular area of interest lies in the intersection of sports medicine and adolescent health, with a focus on promoting positive youth development through sports, recreation, and play. His research includes the study of after-school programs that combine mentorship and running, with the goal of understanding how these programs can help youth to build social connections and individual strengths, while learning to protect themselves from the effects of adversity and toxic stress.  He is a founding physician leader of NaturePHL, a partnership initiative that engages pediatricians to serve as ambassadors for outdoor play, and to prescribe outdoor recreation for Philadelphia’s children and families with the support of innovative counseling, programming and information resources. 

Dr. Renjilian is a graduate the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. He completed his residency in pediatrics and his subspecialty training at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. 

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