Healthcare Implications of Adverse Childhood Experiences Topic of Program

Oneida County ‘Stop ACEs’ Hosts Renowned Expert at SUNY IT 
The co-principal investigator of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Kaiser Permanente ACE Study, Dr. Vincent Felitti, will present an overview of the study which examines the implications of adverse childhood experiences on long-term health at SUNY IT on Thursday, October 21st.    

The program, intended for mental health professionals, school personnel, allied health professionals, students and faculty will take place from 9:00 am to 11:30 am in the Kunsela Hall Auditorium on the SUNY campus. Sign-in for the event will begin at 8:00 am. Following Dr. Felitti’s presentation there will be an update on local initiatives being undertaken by Stop ACEs Committee, a community-wide collaboration administering a $48,000 Stop ACES grant received from the Administration for Children & Family Services.          

Dr. Felitti, the founder of the Department of Preventative Medicine at Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Program in San Diego, was welcomed to the area by Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente, Jr. during a press conference held this morning in the Radisson Hotel’s Mohawk Room in Downtown Utica. Attending the press conference with the County Executive was 24th District Congressman Michael Arcuri and 116th District State Assemblywoman RoAnn Destito (D/WF- Rome). This evening, Dr. Felitti will address the local medical community as part of a dinner and lecture at SUNY IT’s Kunsela Hall beginning at 5:30 pm carries 2.5 CME credits for physicians and CEU credits for nurses. 
Dr. Felitti is nationally renowned for the ACE study involving 17,500 adults that he co-authored which correlates the instances of adult medical diseases, psychiatric disorders and sexual behaviors with adverse experiences such as physical and sexual abuse emotional trauma occurring in early childhood. County Executive Anthony Picente, Jr. said, “We’re pleased to welcome a man of Dr. Felitti’s stature to Oneida County. His insights will provide new opportunities to those service agencies and healthcare professionals that work to create a healthier youth population and stronger family structure so vital to the success and growth of our community.”        
The Stop ACEs grant, awarded to the Stop ACEs Committee through Kids Oneida, was secured by Congressman  Michael Arcuri in the Fiscal Year 2009 Omnibus Appropriations Bill.  
“As a former District Attorney, I know how important programs like Stop ACEs are to ensuring our children have the opportunity to grow up in a safe and secure environment,” said Congressman Arcuri. “ I’m proud to have been able to secure funds that support the Stop ACEs Committee in their mission of developing a comprehensive strategy that brings attention to the issues of childhood abuse and neglect and brings to bear community support for services that will prevent the inevitable long-term physical and mental health consequences of these adverse childhood experiences.”
Assemblywoman RoAnn M. Destito, a long-time children’s advocate, recognized the potential the ACE Study findings hold for this community.
“I welcome Dr. Felitti to the Mohawk Valley, and I sincerely look forward to his presentation on how we can partner together to improve the lives of our youth especially here in Oneida County,” Destito said. She added, “Recently, I authored legislation to create a multi-disciplinary team approach toward addressing the special and complex adverse childhood experiences which I believe must be taken from a comprehensive standpoint that includes all stakeholders in the overall process.”     
According to Dr. Felitti, the Department of Preventative Medicine at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in San Diego provided the ideal setting for The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study, allowing for detailed biomedical, psychological and social (biopsychosocial) evaluations of more than 50,000 adult Kaiser Health Plan members a year. He said his findings ‘provide a credible basis for a new paradigm of medical public health and social service practice that begins with a comprehensive biopsychosocial evaluation at the outset of medical care.’