2015 NHCVA Congressional Briefing

The Impact of Exposure to Violence and Abuse on Children and Youth:
Implications for Health and Education Policy

Wednesday, March 18, 2015
8:30 – 10:00 AM
Rayburn House Office Building B-338

This briefing is sponsored by the National Health Collaborative on Violence and Abuse and Futures Without Violence in cooperation with Rep. Louise Slaughter, Rep. Richard Hanna and Rep. Rosa DeLauro

The National Health Collaborative on Violence and Abuse (NHCVA) is comprised of more than 30 national professional health associations, dedicated to preventing and addressing the health consequences of violence and abuse. Futures Without Violence is a national nonprofit that has worked for over 30 years to develop innovative ways to end violence against women, children, and families at home and around the world.

This briefing will highlight the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) and toxic stress on children’s health, development, and educational success as well as resilience and protective factors and opportunities to support vulnerable families and children. Policy opportunities including the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), supports for school based health centers, and home visitation programs will be discussed.


  • Olga Acosta-Price, PhD, Director, Center for Health and Health Care in Schools, George Washington University
  • Robert Block, MD, FAAP, Professor Emeritus, University of Oklahoma School of Community Medicine, Pediatrics, American Academy of Pediatrics Past President (2011-2012)
  • Kana Enomoto, MA, Principal Deputy Administrator of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration 
  • Jessica Scheno, High School Student and Co-Chair of the Health Center Student Advisory Committee, Maranacook Community High School , Readfield, Maine
  • Moderator: Jacquelyn Campbell, PhD, R.N, FAAN, Anna D Wolfe Endowed Chair, Professor of Nursing, Johns Hopkins University

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