Greater Cincinnati Region
Children, families, and communities in the greater Cincinnati region face many challenges that increase the likelihood of negative health and other life outcomes. For example, Cincinnati children experience neighborhood violence or have had an incarcerated parent at more than double the national averages, according to 2016 National Survey for Children’s Health data. Cincinnati also has one of the highest child poverty rates in the nation. In the 2017 Child Well-Being Survey (CWBS), it was found that for our region, these adverse experience are more common in households earning less than 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines (FPG).
In 2015, Joining Forces for Children (JFfC) developed a five-year strategic plan that “incorporates the concepts involved in adversity reduction as well as resilience building within families.” An essential component of the work is expanding implementation of trauma-informed approaches to individuals and systems that interact with children and families. The work of Joining Forces for Children has evolved to focus on four key areas, or channels. Within each channel, activities raise awareness, provide trainings around the Pair of ACEs and their impact on child health and other outcomes, encourage adoption of trauma-informed practices, expand screening for exposure to ACEs in children and parents, and develop policies to create trauma-informed communities:
- Early Childhood channel- focuses on children younger than 8 years old and their families.
- School Age channel- focuses on children between 5-18 years old
- Health Care channel- focuses on patients (child and parent) and healthcare providers.
- Community Connections channel- focuses on awareness and knowledge building for anyone in our community interested in connecting with Joining Forces for Children and learning more about ACEs, toxic stress and building resilience.
MD Division Director Mayerson Center for Safe and Healthy
Children Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
Wendy Ellis, DrPhD, MPH
Center for Community Resilience
The George Washington University