34th Annual Legislative Breakfast


Legislators, caregivers, and the media increasingly recognize that childhood adversity poses risks to individual health and well-being. The original Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Study has helped raise public awareness about this critical public health issue. However, as the use of ACEs questionnaires for identifying potentially harmful childhood experiences has gained popularity, it is important to understand how ACEs differ from other commonly used terms, including childhood adversity, trauma, and toxic stress.

The increased public understanding that childhood adversity, including ACEs, can cause trauma and toxic stress—and, in turn, have a lasting impact on children’s physical and mental health—presents an important opportunity to turn this awareness into action. Otherwise, we risk allowing some of the most vulnerable children who are in need of support to fall through the cracks while pathologizing and overtreating other children who do not need services.

To help bring awareness and action to this issue, speaker Vanessa Harbin Sacks, Research Scientist at Child Trends, will provide insight on the topic of Childhood Adversity and its Public Policy Implications.

This critical public health conversation will be held on Friday, October 11th from 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m., at Dutch’s Daughter Restaurant located at 581 Himes Avenue, Frederick, MD 21703. Registration and breakfast begins at 7:30 a.m., with the speaker presentation beginning at 8:00 a.m. 

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Thank you to all for joining us - we're looking forward to a great event!


LEGISLATORS: You are eligible for one complimentary ticket. RSVP to Aubrey Treese to attend.


Thank you to our generous sponsor:



  • October 11, 2019 / 7:30 AM
  • Dutch's Daughter Restaurant
  • 581 Himes Ave Frederick, MD 21703
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