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CT officials see targeting trauma as key to improving health

Alice Forrester

Experts say exposure to trauma and significant stress early in life can have profound effects on children’s development. Those running Connecticut’s Medicaid program see the impact in another way too. “We pay for a lot of medical and behavioral health services, and chances are many of those are as a result of children and/or adults who have experienced childhood trauma,” William Halsey, a state social services official, said Monday. Continue Reading →

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Changing course

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Science suggests that having a secure relationship with a caregiver can help protect a child’s brain and body from the effects of adversity. A Connecticut program for very young children who have experienced trauma or other challenges has gotten results by focusing on that relationship – and the things that can interfere, including depression, family violence and a parent’s own history of trauma. The second article in a four-part series. Continue Reading →

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Starting Tuesday: A four-part series on the childhood roots of disease

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Research indicates that childhood trauma and other forms of significant adversity are common – and they’re linked to a wide range of mental and physical health problems, including depression, heart disease and cancer. But studies also suggest that having a strong bond with a supportive caregiver can help to protect a child from the physiological effects of significant adversity. Starting next week, The Mirror will explore the implications in a four-part series that you won’t want to miss. Continue Reading →

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