Adverse Childhood Experiences/ traumas are on the rise and a local organization is launching several pilot programs to help deal with ACEs in 9 counties across the Southern Tier.

Care Compass Network Senior Project Manager, Bouakham Rosetti is the guest on the weekly, local  public affairs program, Southern Tier Close Up and explains some of the long-lasting impacts of what we experience as children.

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Rosetti says anything from stresses of an economic upheaval in a family unit to witnessing violence, addiction, experiencing loss or other change in family stability can translate to health conditions as adults.

Care Compass Network and the CCN Regional Trauma-Informed Care team is expanding care in the region with Northeast Adolescent and Pediatric Medicine participating in the pilot program in some local school districts, like Whitney Point.

Rosetti says the issue of Adverse Childhood Experiences is not new but the COVID-19 pandemic exasperated and intensified incidents.  She says, even while a pandemic is not the best time to launch a pilot program, the services are even more needed now.

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Several studies have shown that individuals with a higher number of ACEs have been found to have a higher risk for adult chronic diseases, are at three times more risk for heart disease or lung cancer and a 20-year difference in life expectancy whose high ACE scores are ignored.

Aside from working with the children exposed to trauma, the group is also working with staff to promote resiliency and improve patient care.

You can find out more about Care Compass Network and its programs at carecompassnetwork.org. 

Southern Tier Close Up is heard Saturdays at 6 a.m. on 98.1 The Hawk.

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