March 27 2017

The Chronicle of Social Change – Child Trauma Advocates Grapple with Historical Trauma

…At a recent conference organized by Echo Parenting and Education on healing from social and historical trauma, California Endowment President and CEO Robert Ross described the central role of childhood trauma to understanding health issues like depression, smoking and drug abuse as well as high rates of incarceration. “When you follow the breadcrumbs to the origins of all these conditions, where does it lead you to? Childhood trauma,” Ross said. “So how our nation figures out and how our communities figure out how to recognize trauma when it shows up and responds — not just on a provider-to-a-patient-basis but systemically — is the public health challenge of our time.”

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