bainumThe DC Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (DC AAP) is excited to announce that the Bainum Family Foundation has awarded DC AAP a $25,000 grant to raise awareness about the effect of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and early childhood toxic stresses on long term health outcomes. As a member of the Birth-to-Three Policy Alliance, DC AAP will launch a health provider education series focused on raising awareness and understanding among local child health providers about the impact of poverty on child health and early learning for infants and toddlers.

In partnership with Children’s National Health System’s Child Health Advocacy Institute (CHAI) and MedStar Georgetown University Medical Center, DC AAP will convene a symposium during our Annual Spring Meeting to educate and inform local child health providers on the research regarding adverse childhood experiences and early childhood toxic stress. In addition, DC AAP will conduct collaborative educational sessions for residents and medical students during grand rounds at Children’s National Medical Center and MedStar Georgetown University Medical Center in order to encourage a District-wide conversation about adverse childhood experiences and their impact on the health of young children.

In subsequent years, with the Bainum Family Foundation’s support, DC AAP will work with Children’s CHAI and Georgetown to undertake targeted projects in pediatric practices, conduct an awareness campaign to increase policy maker and key stakeholder knowledge of the elements of an effective early learning system for infants and toddlers, and provide medical/technical assistance to policy makers on early childhood health issues. In addition, DC AAP will convene joint policy forums with health providers, civic leaders, and policymakers to promote policy and regulatory solutions and build support for expanded public funding for infants and toddlers in Washington, D.C.

Last November during DC AAP’s Strategic Planning Retreat, DC AAP Board members identified the health effects of poverty and addressing the social determinants of health as top strategic priorities for the Chapter over the next three years. Now, with the support of the Bainum Family Foundation, DC AAP is proud to join the Birth-To-Three Policy Alliance with 11 other community organizations in an effort to make improvements in infant and children’s policy, advocacy, and service organizations. Learn more about the new alliance grant recipients here: Birth-to-Three Policy Alliance

Please join DC AAP in raising awareness about adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and early childhood toxic stresses by following DC AAP on Facebook and Twitter.

Together, we can create best practices and new policies to improve the health outcomes of infants and toddlers in our nation’s capital.