Last week, I posted a story about how a family services clinic in Port Townsend, WA, includes childhood trauma in regular health screenings for pregnant women and families. They’re doing this because the research is very clear: Toxic stress from adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) causes adult onset of chronic diseases, such as heart disease and diabetes. It causes suicide and depression. It also leads to committing violence or becoming victim of violence.
The purpose is to reduce toxic stress in children, so that they grow up to be healthier and happier.
As far as the staff at Jefferson County Public Health knows, they are the first in the country to figure out a way to integrate into their daily work the research