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Taking Action to Address Adverse Childhood Experiences in New Jersey: A Statewide Action Plan

As the country reckons with the COVID-19 pandemic, a global response to racialized violence, and a divided populace, the exposure to trauma grows exponentially. Adverse childhood experiences... more

February 4, 2021
Tracking State Policies to Improve Maternal Health Outcomes

Medicaid is the health insurer for 45 percent of births in the United States and 66 percent of all births to Black mothers. Given the disparate rates of maternal mortality and morbidity... more

November 20, 2020
A Statewide Vision to Address the Impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences: A Conversation with New Jersey’s Office of Resilience Leadership

Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) — such as abuse, neglect, family dysfunction, exposure to violence, and being subjected to prejudice and racism — can negatively impact a child's... more

November 13, 2020
Addressing the Decline in Childhood Immunizations During COVID-19: Rhode Island’s Cross-Sector Response

Rhode Island is a great place to be a kid. Children and families in the state excel at key indicators of good health, strong families, and quality early learning experiences. An estimated 98... more

November 9, 2020
A Framework for Thriving: A Comprehensive Approach to Child Health

America is failing its children and, in doing so, is jeopardizing its future. Infant and child mortality rates in the United States consistently exceed rates in 19 other developed nations. M... more

October 13, 2020
Medicaid and Early Childhood Services: Potential Fiscal Impacts from the COVID-19 Pandemic

The impact of COVID-19 on state budgets is expected to affect a range of vulnerable populations covered by Medicaid, including young children in low-income families. COVID-19 “lockdown... more

September 23, 2020
Colorado’s Cross-Agency Approach to Supporting Young Children and Their Families During COVID-19

While young children do not seem to become as sick as adults from COVID-19, children and their families — particularly those with low incomes — are experiencing significant impacts f... more

July 23, 2020
The Crucial Role of Home Visiting During COVID-19: Supporting Young Children and Families

Home visiting has long served an essential role in addressing the needs of young children by connecting families to programs, supports, and services. Home visitors — typically nurses, soci... more

June 25, 2020
Addressing Risky Substance Use in Adolescents: A Conversation with a Pediatrician

While experimentation with drugs and alcohol is often characteristic of the adolescent years, there are many risks associated with this behavior. Not only are adolescents more vulnerable to ... more

August 13, 2019