Special Event - Toxic Stress and Early Childhood: What Policy Makers and Funders Need to Know

Toxic Stress and Early Childhood: What Policy Makers and Funders Need to Know

Friday, November 14, 2014 - 9:00 am - 1:00 pm - Texas State Capitol Auditorium & Legislative Conference Center | 1100 Congress Avenue, Austin, TX

The Child & Family Research Partnership at The University of Texas at Austin's LBJ School of Public Affairs, TexProtects, and the Texas Health and Human Services Commission are hosting this special event. Opening remarks will be provided by Representative John Zerwas (Texas House of Representatives, District 28). Our keynote speaker is Dr. Andrew Garner, one of the nation’s leading pediatric neuroscientists studying the effects of toxic stress on early brain development.

Lunch is provided. Click here to register. 

Want to know more about Toxic Stress and Early Childhood before the event? CFRP has developed a couple of handy resources - Toxic Stress 101 Storify with links to research and news stories on the topic and an easy to read Toxic Stress infographic.


Morning Sessions – Texas Capitol Auditorium (E1.004)

8:45 – 9:15 am

Check-in (outside Auditorium)

9:15 – 9:30 am

Welcome and Opening Remarks - Representative John Zerwas, District 28

9:30 – 11:00 am

Peering into the Black Box: Understanding the Link Between Significant Adversity or Violence in Childhood and Poor Adult Outcomes - Dr. Andrew Garner, M.D., Ph.D., F.A.A.P

11:00 – 11:25 am

Question & Answer Session
Afternoon Sessions – Legislative Conference Center (E2.002)                     

11:30 pm

Lunch Provided

11:30 – 12:00 pm

Agency Presentations – HHSC/DFPS Prevention Initiatives - Sarah Abrahams, Health and Human Services Commission; Sasha Rasco, Department of Family and Protective Services

12:00 – 12:15 pm

Early Findings of the Texas Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program - Cynthia Osborne, Ph.D., Child & Family Research Partnership at UT Austin LBJ School of Public Affairs

12:15 – 12:45 pm

Progress of Home Visiting in Texas - Sophie Phillips & Madeline McClure, TexProtects

12:45 – 1:00 pm

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More about Dr. Andrew Garner

Andrew Garner, MD, Ph.D., FAAP, is a primary care pediatrician with the University Hospital Medical Practices and Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio. A vocal advocate for investments in families with young children, Dr. Garner is active in the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), both at the chapter level, as well as nationally. He is vice president and president-elect for the Ohio AAP Chapter and is the chair of the AAP Early Brain and Child Development Leadership Work Group, as well as a member of the AAP Epigenetics and Poverty and Child Health Leadership Work Groups, two other AAP strategic priority areas. He also served as a member of the national AAP Committee on the Psychosocial Aspects of Child and Family Health. In addition to his medical degree in pediatrics, Dr. Garner also holds a doctorate in neuroscience, both from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

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