This inaugural convening was produced in partnership with members of the Statewide Task Force on Preventing Prenatal Exposure to Alcohol and Other Drugs, led by Dr. Sara Park, Chief Medical Officer of the Comprehensive Medical and Dental Program with the Arizona Department of Child Safety, and managed by Prevent Child Abuse Arizona. The program focused on the identification, referral and treatment of infants and toddlers who have experienced Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and trauma, or have been exposed to substances in utero.
Many participants said the convening re-affirmed the approach they take to their work. “I will continue applying the trauma-aware approach and provide compassionate, non-judgmental care to the families I serve,” said one participant. “I will listen to them and work to understand barriers and concerns from their perspective.”