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DC AAP Board Member, Dr. Jessica Weisz, Featured for Her Efforts to Screen for Toxic Stress in Washington Post


Nadine Burke Harris, a pediatrician in San Francisco, is advocating for all children to be screened for traumatic experiences, which, research shows, have a long-term impact on health. She is a Heinz Award winner  (Photo by Jason Henry)

Nadine Burke Harris, a pediatrician in San Francisco, is advocating for all children to be screened for traumatic experiences, which, research shows, have a long-term impact on health. She is a Heinz Award winner (Photo by Jason Henry)

In an October 25th article in The Washington Post’s Health and Science section, Dr. Jessica Weisz, DC AAP Board Member and pediatrician at CCI Health and Wellness Services, was interviewed about how research on adverse childhood experiences (ACES) is influencing pediatric care in the Washington, DC area.  Specifically, Dr. Weisz spoke of her use of an ACEs screening tool tailored to the population that she serves, including patients suffering from asthma which research shows is linked to childhood adversity.

The Washington Post article is part of DC AAP’s work with the Bainum Family Foundation to raise awareness among local pediatricians and key policy stakeholders about the intersection of health and education in order to improve the long term health and educational outcomes of infants and toddlers in the District.

DC AAP congratulates Dr. Weisz and other area pediatricians who have started a dialogue with patients and their parents about toxic stress and integrating trauma informed care into pediatricians’ clinical practice to help families become more resilient.

Read the Full Article in The Washington Post »