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Transcript: The Lasting Effect of Adverse Childhood Experiences

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ON SCREEN TEXT:   How might

                                    Adverse Childhood Experiences

                                    affect your patients?

Dr. Robin Blitz speaks to someone off-camera.

ON SCREEN TEXT:    Dr. Robin K. Blitz

                                    Senior Medical Director, Special Needs Initiative at UnitedHealthcare

ROBIN: As a developmental pediatrician, all of my patients have developmental disabilities and/or complex medical conditions, and unfortunately we know that children with disabilities are three to four times more likely to suffer from abuse or neglect.

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An image of a doctor holding a tongue depressor up to a boy's mouth appears.

ROBIN: So it's always important for me and my colleagues to remember that and screen for any signs in all visits.

Robin speaks in the office.

ROBIN: I've also taken care of a lot of children in foster care whose health have suffered due to the exposure to toxic stress, including abuse, neglect, as I mentioned, parental substance abuse and parental mental illness, as well as domestic violence.

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An image shows a doctor crouching to hold the hand of a girl with a sling on her arm, as the child's mother holds her shoulders.

ROBIN: It's really important for every health care provider to be aware of ACEs in order to screen for it during visits as well as providing the resources for interventions.

Robin speaks in the office.

An image of a doctor with his hand on a young girl's shoulder appears.

ROBIN: In the Special Needs Initiative, our family advisors can provide these resources to families and caregivers to provide the necessary interventions early.

Robin speaks in the office.

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ON SCREEN TEXT:   Why should health care

                                    professionals participate

                                    in the ACEs webinar?

Robin sits in the office and speaks to someone off-camera.

ROBIN: Part of the Special Needs Initiative is to provide internal and external education, not just to physicians and other primary care providers, like nurse practitioners and physician assistants, but also to case managers, educators, psychologists, social workers, anybody who touches the life of a child.

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Robin speaks from the chair.

ROBIN: We want to make sure that all of those people in our communities are aware of ACEs, screen for ACEs, and refer for appropriate interventions early, so that we as a society can decrease the negative impact that ACEs may have on our long-term health outcomes.

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Robin speaks from the chair.

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