Addressing a public health crisis
Stress, anxiety and depression can contribute to Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), which the American Academy of Pediatrics says are the single greatest unaddressed public health threat facing our nation today. Toxic stress from ACEs can increase risk for disease, homelessness, prison time and even early death.
There is no greater return on investment than supporting the health and wellbeing of children and families. To realize this potential, we need to remember that child health and parent health are linked. You can’t fully address one without addressing the concerns and needs of the other.
Breaking the Cycle
Physical or emotional abuse, substance abuse and mental illness are some examples of ACEs that can have long-term effects on children. Outside factors such as racism, poverty, violence or environmental concerns also play a significant role. We know each of these issues can be part of a cycle, impacting generations. We also know that children and parents can break this cycle by setting a new course for their own health and wellbeing.
Early Intervention is Key
The Redleaf Center is a one-of-a kind program taking a multi-generational approach to addressing ACEs and reducing their impact on families. Pregnancy and postpartum are times of great vulnerability for parents, but they can also be periods of tremendous opportunity. By providing proper care and support, we can address the root causes of toxic stress, clearing the way for a loving, hopeful future.