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Screening for Adverse Childhood Experiences in the Pediatric Primary Care Setting: Practical Considerations and Lessons Learned

On March 30, 2018, the Illinois ACEs Response Collaborative hosted a free webinar, Screening for Adverse Childhood Experiences in the Pediatric Primary Care Setting: Practical Considerations and Lessons Learned, presented by  Kavitha Selvaraj, MD, MPH, MAEd, FAAP with Audrey Stillerman, MD, and Stan Sonu, MD. Click here to view the webinar slides.

In 2015, Dr. Selvaraj and a multidisciplinary team of physicians, psychologists, social workers, and researchers created a Chicago-wide toxic stress collaborative network across pediatric clinics at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, University of Illinois at Chicago Hospital, Rush University Medical Center, and John H. Stroger Hospital of Cook County. Together, they created the Addressing Social Key (ASK) Questions for Health Questionnaire, a novel 13-item screening tool for both adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and unmet social needs (USN), and they conducted a large multi-site study to examine the efficacy, feasibility, and acceptability of universal ACE/USN screening using the ASK Questionnaire during well-child visit. In this webinar, Dr. Selvaraj shares lessons learned from this massive screening initiative and discusses practical considerations for other fields interested in ACEs screening and management.