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Published on October 10, 2019

UHS and NYS Department of Health to co-host state conference on childhood adversity

UHS and the New York State Department of Health will co-host a medical grand rounds in Binghamton Oct. 17 on methods of helping people who have sustained adverse childhood experiences.

John M. Carrigg, president and chief executive officer of UHS, will join Howard A. Zucker, MD, JD, commissioner of the Department of Health, in co-hosting the presentation at UHS Binghamton General Hospital.

The panel discussion will be held from noon to 2 p.m., on Thursday, Oct. 17, in the Russell Community Room, at UHS Binghamton General, 10-42 Mitchell Ave. in Binghamton.

Presenters will be Nicole M. Brown, MD, MPH, MHS, founder and chief health officer of Strong Children Wellness; Chris Kjolhede, MD, MPH, co-director of the Bassett School-Based Health Program; and Michael Lavin, MD, director of Psychiatry at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital.

Adverse childhood experiences, also called ACEs, are potentially traumatic events in childhood that can have negative, lasting effects on health and well-being that can be passed on to future generations.

Those experiences can range from physical, emotional or sexual abuse to those concerning household instability, such as parental divorce, incarceration, substance abuse or mental illness.

Panelists will discuss guidelines for implementing best practices when addressing ACEs, including screening, adding social determinants of health to primary care practice, assisting families, understanding the causes of staff burnout, and developing strategies to build a resilient workforce.

The grand rounds is free for all providers in New York State, and continuing medical education credits are applicable.

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