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Childhood Adversity: The impact of maltreatment, how to recognize it, and what to do about it

Children's Well-Being in New Mexico

Research, Training and Services
Prepared by E.L. Bearer, MD-PhD, FAAAS, FCAP
Harvey Family Professor, Department of Pathology, UNM-HSC

Key Concepts

Adverse childhood experience (ACE) affects children’s mental health, and both physical and mental health of the adults they will become. Abnormal behavior, emotions, psychosocial and cognitive impairments ensue. Adaptions may lead to health risks, such as addictions. Earlier onset of adult diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, and obesity/diabetes occur in adults who experienced ACE. Since the report of ACE effect on adult health was published in 1998, hundreds of additional publications document this effect.

2018 Albuquerque Journal article: NM ranked 49th in child well-being

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Sympoisum information

Childhood adversity impacts health throughout the lifespan. This Symposium will focus on the raising awareness and developing collaborations in research, service, prevention and healing.


Thursday April 19, 2018, 6-7:30 PM
Domenici Center - The University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center
Free and open to the public
Live stream the symposium

Introduction by Paul Roth


Michael S. Kobor, Professor, Department of Medical Genetics, Canada Research Chair in Social Epigenetics, Sunny Hill BC Leadership Chair in Child Development, University of British Columbia, Canada

Leslie Strickler, Associate professor of pediatrics, Medical Director of the UNM Child Abuse Response Team (CART), University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM

Panel discussion and audience participation

Panel discussion will be moderated by Arthur Kaufman, M.D.

Panelists: Robert Sapien, UNM-Pediatric Emergency Medicine; Susan Miller, UNM- Psychologist and ECHO project; Susanna Burke, CEO PB&J

Additional events

Poster sessions and Networking by UNM faculty, students and Community partners from 3-5:00 PM, Appetizers from 4:30-6:00 PM

Tax deductible donations through UNM Foundation at http://www.unmfund.org/fund/child-wellbeing/

For more information, contact E.L. Bearer, MD-PhD, FAAAS, FCAP, Harvey Family Professor EBearer@salud.unm.edu

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