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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The St. Louis County Police Crisis Intervention Team: Training Officers to Respond to Mental Health Situations

(By Colleen Mulligan, practicum student, and Jim Braibish)   More police officers in St. Louis County and around the area are being trained to handle mental health situations they may encounter on a call, Sgt. Jeremy Romo, director of the St. Louis County Crisis Intervention Team, said in a presentation to the Nov. 16 St. Louis Family & Community Partnership […]

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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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