2018 NHCVA Congressional Briefing

The National Health Collaborative on Violence and Abuse & Futures Without Violence present:

Health Solutions to Women, Children, and Families Affected by Trauma and Abuse

Violence is a major public health crisis. Expert speakers will highlight how health care systems and trauma-informed care efforts are currently helping victims and how these changes can reduce future health costs. The panel will also explore the short and long-term health impacts of violence and highlight the need to raise awareness of childhood trauma. Policy solutions will be offered.

May 24, 2018 | 8:30am-9:45am | 2044 Rayburn House Building

Seating is limited, so Register Now! Breakfast will be served

Honorary Congressional Host Committee: U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) and U.S. Representatives Ryan Costello (R-PA), Brett Guthrie (R-KY), and Debbie Dingell (D-MI)

Per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

  • 1 in 5 women have been raped in their lifetime and 1 in 4 women have been the victim of severe physical violence by an intimate partner;
  • 80% of victims experienced significant short and long-term chronic disease;
  • 60% of American children have been exposed to violence or abuse;
  • Children exposed to violence are more likely to exhibit behavioral and physical health problems such as depression, suicidal tendencies, and drug and alcohol abuse.

Hear from experts and practitioner leaders in this field…

Moderator: Jeanette M. Scheid, MD, PhD, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Incoming Chair, National Health Collaborative on Violence Abuse
Lauren Baker, First Lady of Massachusetts
Sabrina Matoff-Stepp, Director of US Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration’s Office of Women’s Health
Tiffany Flowers, Pathways Counseling Center, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Karen Clemmer, RN California and North West Regional Community Facilitator for ACEs Connection


Focused on finding solutions, the National Health Collaborative on Violence and Abuse (NHCVA) is comprised of more than 30 national professional health associations, including the American Medical Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Psychological Association, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and more.

For additional information please contact Lisa James at health@futureswithoutviolence.org.