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The Toxic Stress of Early Childhood Adversity: Rethinking Health and Education Policy

 

"The Toxic Stress of Early Childhood Adversity: Rethinking Health and Education Policy" is the subject of an on-demand webcast available from The Forum at Harvard School of Public Health. The hour-long program, recorded Feb. 7, 2012, in Boston, examines how early childhood adversity can trigger the toxic stress response in children’s bodies and brains, leaving them at higher risk for problems in learning, behavior, and health throughout their lifetimes—and how health and education policies might be used or revamped to better prevent or mitigate such problems. Among the topics discussed was the January 2012 call to action issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics in the form of its policy statement, "Early Childhood Adversity, Toxic Stress, and the Role of the Pediatrician: Translating Developmental Science Into Lifelong Health.”

The discussion, with expert panelists fielding in-studio and online audience questions, featured Center Director Jack P. Shonkoff; Robert W. Block, president of the American Academy of Pediatrics; and Roberto Rodríguez, Special Assistant to the President for Education Policy in the White House. Launched in 2010, The Forum seeks to provide decision-makers with a global platform to discuss policy choices and scientific controversies.

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