DC AAP welcomed nearly 70 attendees at DC AAP’s first DC Community Health Connect Happy Hour, co-hosted with George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences’ Rodham Institute, on July 19th at Busboys and Poets. The evening was generously sponsored by DC AAP, The Bainum Family Foundation, and The Rodham Institute.
Over 40 chapter members, as well as other community-based child health care providers, joined a discussion with featured guests about the importance of developing a trauma-informed, system-wide approach for early childhood care in DC. The featured guests included:
- Brenda Donald, MPA, DC Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services, who led a discussion on moving upstream, integrating trauma informed careand building community partnerships to help families become more resilient.
- Jenny Crawford, J.D., LCSW-C, Director of Integrated Behavioral Health at CCI Health & Wellness Services, who spoke about CCI’s recent experience with incorporating ACEs screening into clinical practice.
Contact Information: Jenny.Crawford@cciweb.org, 240-839-5901.
- Matthew Biel MD, M.Sc. Division Chief of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, who shared information about DC MAP (DC Mental Health Access in Pediatrics), which provides real-time telephonic mental health consultation to assist primary care physicians with managing patients’ mental health needs.
Contact Information: 1-844-30 dc map (1-844-303-2627), firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Rebecca Heagy, LICSW, Family Services Coordinator at Georgia Avenue Family Support Collaborative, who spoke about parenting and family support services offered at the DC’s five family support collaboratives.
Contact Information: email@example.com, (202) 722-1815.
- Mia Morrison, MPH, Healthy Families America Program Manager at Mary’s Center, who spoke about DC’s home visiting program run by Mary’s Center, which takes referrals from all area clinics and practices.
Contact Information: firstname.lastname@example.org, 202.545.8081.
- Timothy Elliott, LICSW, Psychotherapist/Coordinator for LGBT Youth Mental Health Programs; and Jennafer Kwait, PhD, MHS, LGBT Research Manager at Whitman-Walker Health, who spoke about strategies to support LGBTQ youth wellness in clinical behavioral health practice.
Contact Information: TElliott@whitman-walker.org, JKwait@whitman-walker.org
- Mikhail Kogan, MD, Medical Director of the GW Center for Integrative Medicine, who spoke about GW’s integrative medicine nonprofit for the underserved and led attendees in a meditative breathing exercise.
- Ambrose Lane, Chairman of the Health Alliance Network, who spoke about the importance of community-based advocacy work to address health care injustice.
Following the presentations, attendees had an opportunity to network with featured guests and colleagues.
DC AAP looks forward to continuing to work with chapter members, policymakers and other stakeholders to support an effective early learning system for infants and toddlers in the District. In August, DC AAP will invite chapter members to take a short, 10-minute online survey to help identify barriers child health providers encounter when implementing practice change(s) to address ACEs and toxic stress. The survey results will inform DC AAP ‘s continued efforts with the Bainum Family Foundation to help identify necessary policy changes to help providers address toxic stress and improve health outcomes. DC AAP members who complete the online survey will be entered into a raffle to win a free iPad mini.