NPR “What Shapes Health”

Through a unique and exciting collaboration of National Public Radio (NPR), the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, we now have the knowledge and stories behind "what shapes health" for average Americans.  All too often, research has shown that childhood trauma plays a significant role in the lives of individuals from every race, culture, gender, and socioeconomic status.  While some groups have been found to be disproportionately impacted by adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), the information and imperative to act is clear: “54 percent of Americans believe that being abused or neglected in childhood is an extremely important cause of health problems later in life.”  We encourage you to take the time to listen to this series of seven 5-9 minute stories; share this information with others; and begin a conversation about how we can empower ourselves, our families, and our communities to combat the impacts of childhood trauma and create a healthier and more resilient America.