Health & Well-Being
Physical health and mental health, a component of the two-generation approach, have a major impact on a family’s ability to thrive. Childhood trauma, for instance, has lasting health and social consequences. Similarly, economic supports, such as housing, and social capital, such as connections to one’s neighborhood and community, are important social determinants of health. The Affordable Care Act and Medicaid expansion, as well as delving further into brain science and the social determinants of health, offer opportunities for increasing the health and well-being of children and their parents.
- Mitigate toxic stress. ANDRUS, a treatment, training and research center, is developing a tool that uses predictive analytics to help assess a child’s risk for exposure to toxic stress. This tool has the potential to break the intergenerational impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences by enabling ANDRUS — and other service providers — to undertake early involvement, engagement, and intervention with both children and their parents.
- Assess mental health and connect families to services. Ascend Fellow Katie Albright, executive director of the San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center, is developing and implementing a framework to improve social capital and mental health outcomes for children and their parents together. This framework, part of the “Strengthening Families” approach, includes a pilot program assessing families’ mental health needs and connecting families to other services, including partner organizations such as the Children’s Advocacy Center.
2Gen Resources regarding Health & Well-being:
- Two Open Windows: Infant and Parent Neurobiologic Change, This paper shares interventions and research on 2Gen brain science and toxic stress. Ascend Fellow, Dr. Sarah Watamura and Dr. Philyoung Kim. May 2015.
- Gateways to Two Generations, Ascend at the Aspen Institute publication on the potential for early childhood programs and partnerships to support children and their parents together. January 2014.
- Webinar: Toxic! Stress, Health, and ACEs
- Emerging Brain Science Informs New Interventions — And Empowers Parents