Categories: General Date: Jan 10, 2017 Title: "Seeing the World Through the Lens of Trauma: The Societal Impact of Childhood Poverty and Toxic Stress" Panel Discussion
SLU Medical Students have developed a collaborative event to discuss the impact of trauma and how it shows up in the clinic, classroom, and community. Please join us at "Seeing the World Through the Lens of Trauma: The Societal Impact of Childhood Poverty and Toxic Stress" which will be held on Thursday, April 6th, 3:00 - 5:00 PM in the Saint Louis University Center for Global Citizenship...
The research has become very clear: childhood poverty is a significant determinant of emotional, psychosocial, and health outcomes. In the city of St. Louis, which is plagued by increasing rates of childhood poverty in largely underserved minority communities, this is having devastating long term effects on urban youth.
Medical literature has shown that the experience of trauma and toxic stress is strongly related to harmful behavior and health problems when the effects of trauma are not acknowledged or treated. Developmental trauma may even begin in the womb before birth and continue across the lifespan. Additionally, because of its chronic impact, the cumulative experience of trauma or toxic stress may include injury, feelings of helplessness, inability to cope, stress, relationship difficulties, chronic health problems, or long term mental health issues.
In order to develop better awareness of the issue at hand, SLU graduate students in medicine, business, law, and education are sponsoring a panel discussion centered on the issue of childhood poverty and toxic stress in St. Louis. Scott Hoener, first year medical student and one of the leaders of the initiative shared that, “as members of a Jesuit University, we find that it is critical to facilitate such discussions among disciplines in order to better inform students and faculty about a systemic crisis in our city that will only continue to grow unless we actively work to address it. The first steps can be accomplished by increasing student and faculty awareness, improving our understanding of those most affected by trauma, and encouraging a response in every discipline”.
Part 1 (Panel): The Social, Emotional, and Health Impacts of Childhood Trauma and Toxic Stress
David Pole, PhD, MPH, Director, Center for Interprofessional Education and Research
Ken Haller, M.D., Professor of Pediatrics, Cardinal Glennon — President, MO Chapter of American Academy of Pediatrics
Josh Arthur, M.D., MTS, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Chair of Ethics Committee at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital
Matt Broom, M.D., Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Cardinal Glennon
Part 2 (Panel): Childhood Trauma in a Larger Societal Context
Heather Bednarek, PhD, Associate Professor, Economics, Associate Dean, John Cook School of Business
Beth Embry, MPH, MBA, Director of Global Health, College of Public Health and Social Justice
Karla Scott, PhD, Director, African American Studies Program, Assistant Dean for Diversity and Inclusion, College of Arts and Sciences
Sharonica L. Hardin-Bartley, PhD, Superintendent, University City Schools, Member of the Regional Health Commission’s Trauma Informed Teaching Collaborative
Group discussions are also included in the plan for the session. For additional information go to www.aliveandwellstl.com.
-Scott Hoener, SLU Medical Student [Class of 2020]