This year is shaping up to be a year of health for Kempe.
One of the greatest health factors today is the long-term health risks many child abuse and neglect victims face as adults. These health impacts are known as adverse childhood experiences and toxic stress and are defined when a child is subjected to stressful or traumatic experiences growing up. Many abused and neglected children are a greater likelihood of these health problems as adults:
- Heart disease
- Teen Pregnancy
- Early Paternity
- Autoimmune Disease
- Lung Cancer
Kempe intends to take this foundational knowledge and advance the research and conversation around adverse childhood experiences and toxic stress this year by:
- Applying for grant funding opportunities that enable us to create a collaborative movement to effectuate a game-changing paradigm shift
- Traveling to Belgium and the Netherlands to examine how these countries ‘health-based’ child welfare systems differ from the U.S. ‘social-work’ child welfare system.
- Exploring a public education campaign that informs people how child abuse and neglect impacts individuals long after the physical scars are gone.
In addition, we are continuing our vital work around clinical care, advocacy, research and education. We are continuing our important work:
- Provide vital medical and behavioral health services to children and families
- Share our knowledge with professionals and community’s throughout the world
- Offer helpful tips to calm a crying baby through the Kohl’s Cares: Shaken Baby Prevention Campaign
We encourage to learn more about Adverse Childhood Experiences and Toxic stress in 2015, and invite you to support our efforts of preventing and treating child abuse and neglect.
Posted by: By: John Faught, President & CEO, The Kempe Foundation