I have been posting on the July 11th hearing on Childhood Trauma that was held by the Congressional Oversight and Reform Committee. Leah Harris, MIA Correspondent published a very thorough article giving specific details on this hearing. I thought her representation was not only accurate but a great summary of what happened in this landmark hearing.
Some of the significant quotes from the hearing were as follows:
“As a nation, we have a significant economic incentive and, more importantly, a profound moral imperative to ensure that our children have the opportunity to thrive and succeed.”— Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD-7), Chairman, House Committee on Oversight and Reform
“I was labeled as a troubled youth, when really I just needed someone to recognize I was being hurt.”— Creeanna Aviles-Rygg, survivor-activist, National Crittenton
“It is going to require a culture shift for us to see a difference. People need to quit feeling ashamed or embarrassed about their trauma. By not talking about our trauma, it gives that event power over you.”— Justin Miller, co-founder and deputy executive director, Objective Zero
“By focusing on prevention, and building the resilience of our communities, we can meet the immediate needs of those already affected, reduce the long-term effects of trauma, and prevent trauma.”— Dr. Debra Houry, director, National Center for Injury Prevention Control, CDC
“Let’s make everyone provide trauma-informed care. Not everyone will see a doctor or clinician. We need everyone in the community to be able to begin to build the relationships. Because the relationships are key, and that’s where the healing can begin.”— Charles Patterson, health commissioner, Clark County, Ohio
These are just a few of the significant quotes that were both powerful and relevant. For the entire article you can go to this link:
I am sure you will find the hearing to be informative and compelling. It is our hope that this coming fall there will be bill placed before Congress for discussion, consideration and legislation that will provide a priority and funding for prevention or trauma and trauma-informed care for our children who have experienced trauma in their young lives.