2/8/24, Adverse Childhood Experiences: What Public Health Practitioners and Health Care Providers Should Know – webinar

The majority of health care  providers don’t receive training in the landmark Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) study, yet have a prime opportunity to identify and support those most impacted. ACEs are potentially traumatic events that occur during childhood (0–17 years) that have been linked to premature death and a variety of health, behavioral, and social outcomes. In fact, at least five of the top 10 leading causes of death are associated with ACEs. Examples of ACEs include various forms of abuse, neglect, household dysfunction, as well as broader community and societal factors such as community violence and bullying. ACEs are prevalent, but ACEs and their impact can be prevented. In this training, you’ll learn the critical basics of ACEs and their potential impact, have an opportunity to connect with colleagues to share ideas, and will come away with steps you can take to intervene.

Learning Objectives
At the conclusion of this webinar, participants will be able to:
  • recognize ACEs and their potential impact on health and other outcomes;
  • describe how brain development and health can be significantly impacted by toxic stress;
  • explain how the damage from toxic stress caused by ACEs can be passed from one generation to the next through the process of epigenetics; and
  • identify protective factors and resilience-building practices.
Date and Time
Thursday, February 8, 2024
10–11 a.m. Eastern


Online. Information to access the webinar will be sent upon registration.

Target Audience
This presentation is appropriate for public health and clinical practitioners, community health centers’ staff, and social services personnel working in community settings.

Continuing Education Credit
Continuing Education credits for certified public health professionals (CPH-CE, 1 hour) and certified health education specialists (CECH category 1, 1 advanced) are available. To receive credit, participants must attend from beginning to end and complete an evaluation; no partial credit will be given. MAR-PHTC is a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. Provider ID# MEP 100475.


Karen Salama McCain, MSW, LSW
is the founder of GoHively, which helps health care organizations and schools transform their culture, collaboration, and communication. Salama McCain has been a leader in behavioral health and educational programs in Philadelphia, PA for over 25 years. She has successfully designed and rolled out trauma-sensitive behavioral health systems, programs, and interventions across large networks. Alongside her colleagues, she has meaningful, data-informed successes as well as the myriad of lessons learned that shaped them. Salama McCain is an Egyptian-Irish first generation American with a multiracial family of her own; diversity and fair-play has always been a cornerstone in her life. She received a Master of Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis.

Technology Requirements
This webinar is presented through the Zoom Internet-based platform. A computer with high-speed internet connection and the ability to download and run this platform is required.

For more information about this course or assistance with registration, contact marphtc@pitt.edu. Please include your name, and the title and date of the course for which you are inquiring.