Resiliency triumphs over trauma

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Resmiye Oral, guest columnist

Since the 1950s, we have known that psychological trauma resulting from childhood adversity leads to negative mental health outcomes. In 1990s, it was discovered that more than half of adults were exposed to adversities such as child abuse and neglect, poverty, discrimination, household violence, mental illness, or parental substance abuse. Four or more ACEs have a strong correlation with negative behavioral, social, mental, and physical health outcomes.

One component of the University of Iowa’s “Just Living” theme semester is justice in access to and assistance from health, social, educational, and legal services. If providers are empowered with the knowledge of the root causes triggering the need for services in addition to resiliency, radical treatment of issues may be possible and our systems of care may become less costly and more effective.

With this understanding, a number of UI campus partners from the Provost’s Office, Colleges of Education, Public Health, Medicine, Nursing and the School of Social Work have combined their expertise and invited community partners to join an initiative on campus. This initiative has been focusing on adverse childhood experiences, trauma-informed care and practices, and how to implement a paradigm shift on campus and in our communities.

A full-day workshop will be held on May 18 at the College Public Health Building, 145 N Riverside Drive, Iowa City, Auditorium N110. Instructors for this workshop include faculty from the UI colleges of medicine, public health and education, University Counseling Services and community partners.

In addition, a panel discussion will be held on “How do we work toward a paradigm shift in our society toward holistic care?

For further information please visit The Just Living web page.

Hope to see you there.

• Dr. Resmiye Oral is a clinical professor of pediatrics and director of the Child Protection Program at the University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine. Comments: 100 Hawkins Dr., 146A CDD, Iowa City, IA 52242

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