WA: ACE Study Investigator Robert Anda, MD, to Visit Seattle

Dr. Robert Anda

Dr. Robert Anda

Robert Anda, MD, one of the nation’s leading experts on the effects of childhood trauma, will visit Seattle in late February to participate in a community discussion about adverse childhood experiences and their impact on children’s health and well-being.

Dr. Anda is the co-principal investigator of the groundbreaking Adverse Childhood Experience Study, or ACES, a large-scale study aimed at tracking the effects of childhood trauma over the lifespan.

The ACE Study, which collected data from more than 17,000 patients, found that adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) were common, had a profound negative effect on health and well-being, and were a prime determinant of health behaviors, social problems, disease incidence, and early death in the study population.

Dr. Anda will discuss findings from the ACE Study during a presentation titled “Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE): Connecting a Developmental Lens to the Health of Our Society” on February 25 at Lynnwood Convention Center. It is a free event and open to the public.

A response panel will follow Dr. Anda’s presentation and will be moderated by Laura Porter, senior director of the ACEs Learning Institute at the Comprehensive Health Education Foundation (CHEF).

Dr. Anda’s visit and presentation are sponsored by Ryther, a Seattle-based leader in providing comprehensive services and innovative treatment for children and families facing complex challenges, and is co-sponsored by CHEF and Coordinated Care.

Ryther CEO Lee Grogg

Ryther CEO Lee Grogg

“We are exchange to host one of the nation’s leading experts on the relationship between childhood experiences and life outcomes,” said Ryther CEO Lee Grogg. “Dr. Anda’s message is ultimately one of hope–it says that the work we do can make a lasting difference in the lives of children and young adults in our community.”

Ryther’s services include sub-acute residential treatment for children ages 6 to 14 with emotional, behavioral and mental health problems due to abuse, neglect or trauma. Ryther also provides mental health outpatient treatment for children and young adults and their families, inpatient treatment programs for teens and  young adults with co-occurring substance abuse and mental health issues, and chemical dependency treatment for teens.

“We hope that by sponsoring this event we can help better inform our community about the importance of helping children and young adults overcome trauma and adversity so that they can go to lead healthy, positive and productive lives,” Grogg said.