The annual National Association of Health Services Executives presents “Toxic Stress and Trauma in Our Region.”
The prevalence of toxic stress and trauma in the region is inhibiting people’s ability to be healthy and well. Research demonstrates that adverse events and stress – especially persistent, toxic stress or traumatic incidents – lead to chronic diseases, such as diabetes, heart disease and some types of cancer, as well as depression, alcoholism and drug abuse. This conversation will highlight the Adverse Childhood Experience Study; the impact of trauma and toxic stress on the health of our community; and efforts being done within our region to become a trauma-informed community.
Bethany Johnson-Javois, MSW, CEO of the St. Louis Integrated Health Network, Host of the Alive & Well STL radio program, and Managing Director of the Ferguson Commission
Heidi Miller, MD, primary care physician and patient advocate caring for uninsured and under-insured patients at the Family Care Health Centers
Keon Gilbert, DrPH, MA, MPA, Assistant Professor in the Department of Behavioral Health and Health Education at Saint Louis University
Rikki Takeyama, MSL, Manager of Community Programs at the St. Louis Regional Health Commission, leading the Alive and Well STL and Trauma-Informed Community initiatives
Event Sponsors: The Regional Health Commission and the National Association of Health Services Executives