Study Pinpoints Neighborhoods Where Children Are Most at Risk for Poor Health Outcomes

Growing up in an environment where trauma and toxic stress are present can impact a child’s physical and behavioral health for a lifetime. Where in metropolitan St. Louis are these risks most prevalent? A recent study by the Missouri Hospital Association’s Hospital Industry Data Institute rates ZIP codes throughout the region on their level of risk according to Adverse Childhood […]

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June 20 webinar viewing and discussion: “Addressing Detrimental Effects of Poverty on Children’s Health”

Join us on June 20 in the VCR offices for this important webinar presented by the American Academy of Pediatrics: Addressing Detrimental Effects of Poverty on Children’s Health Pediatricians and Anti-Poverty Organizations: Building Bridges The American Academy of Pediatrics’ (AAP) recent policy statement on child poverty encourages pediatricians to tackle “poverty-related disorders” through health screenings and interventions as well as […]

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What every child needs: Addressing toxic stress

Commentary published in Feb. 23, 2016 St. Louis Post-Dispatch Link to article By Kenneth Haller, MD, SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital and Saint Louis University School of Medicine “If we pray, we won’t get shot.” These seven words, spoken by a 9-year-old St. Louis girl named Destiny, convey the impact of toxic stress on the lives of children better than all […]

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Must-Read: Post-Dispatch Special Report on Childhood Trauma and Toxic Stress

In the Feb. 21 special report, “The Crisis Within,” the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and reporter Nancy Cambria spell out in detail the effects of trauma and toxic stress on children, the science behind how stress in the mother and child affects the child’s development, and some solutions to countering stress. The report tells the stories of families affected by poverty, gun violence, […]

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“East Side Thrives” to Promote Children’s Health, Knowledge, Leadership

Vision for Children at Risk is pleased to be part of the East Side Thrives  collective impact project announced on Dec. 17 by an enthusiastic crowd of young people, partner agencies and community leaders. Funded by a $500,000 Impact grant from Glaxo Smith Kline (GSK), the 18-month project will involve nine agencies working together in a collective impact framework called […]

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