Monday, April 19, 2021

Webinar: Adverse Childhood Experiences - Racism and Discrimination as a Risk Factor for Toxic Stress


Wednesday, April 28, 2021
Noon - 1 p.m.
On April 28, 2021, join us for the first in a series of webinars that will explore research demonstrating how racism and other forms of discrimination can serve as risk factors to activate a toxic stress response, and lead to health conditions that have been empirically associated with exposure to Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs).

  • Nadine Burke Harris, MD, MPH, FAAP - California Surgeon General
  • Aletha Maybank, MD, MPH - Senior Vice President and Chief Health Equity Officer, American Medical Association 
  • Ray Bignall, MD, FAAP, FASN - Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Nephrology and Hypertension, Nationwide Children’s Hospital and Ohio State University College of Medicine
  • Roy Wade, MD, PhD, MPH - Assistant Professor, Department of General Pediatrics, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

This webinar will:
  • Review some of the main social and environmental factors that lead to health disparities, as well as the impacts of racism and discrimination on public health across communities.
  • Broadly discuss the role of racism and discrimination as risk factors for toxic stress and ACE-Associated Health Conditions.
  • Make the case to clinicians and clinical teams that implementing trauma-informed care principles and ACE screening can help promote health equity as part of supporting the health and well-being of their patients.
About ACEs Aware
The Office of the California Surgeon General and the California Department of Health Care Services are leading a first-in-the-nation statewide effort to screen children and adults for ACEs in primary care, and to treat the impacts of toxic stress with trauma-informed care. The ACEs Aware initiative is built on the consensus of scientific evidence demonstrating that early detection and evidence-based intervention improves outcomes. The bold goal of this initiative is to reduce ACEs and toxic stress by half in one generation, and to launch a national movement to ensure everyone is ACEs Aware. For more information, visit the ACEs Aware website.

This webinar is part of a series of monthly educational webinars that offer practical information for primary care and behavioral health providers on understanding toxic stress and providing trauma-informed care. Information about the webinar series and recordings are posted on the ACEs Aware Educational Events webpage. Please email your questions or comments to
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