Recent medical research has identified the importance of environment in healthy child development, brain maturation, and physical health. The science of pediatrics now emphasizing the incorporation of a child's and family’s ecology into medical practice along with biology and development.

This spark session will highlight the impact of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and resilience on child development including brain changes, child behaviors, symptoms, and long-term health risks. We will then highlight initiatives that help to improve outcomes by reducing the impact of ACEs and by promoting resilience such as screening for ACEs and toxic stress within pediatric practices at scheduled well-child visits.

Mayerson Center for Safe and Healthy Children at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Beech Acres Parenting Center have launched an exciting collaborative project to intervene with parents of young children to equip them to ensure family resilience and decrease the prevalence of child maltreatment and child adversity.

Learning Objectives

  • The role of ACEs on child development
  • Methods for screening young children and engaging with their parents
  • How to view child behaviors through a "trauma lens" aimed to decrease the prevalence of child maltreatment and child adversity
  • How to improve child outcomes by reducing the impact of ACEs and promoting resilience based on research and evidence

Presenters: Jill Huynh, vice president for new business development, Beech Acres Parenting Center; and Robert Allan Shapiro, pediatrician and director of the Mayerson Center for Safe and Healthy Children, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

Robert Allan Shapiro
Pediatrician and Director of the Mayerson Center for Safe and Healthy Children
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

Dr. Allan Shapiro is the director of the Mayerson Center for Safe and Healthy Children at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and professor of pediatrics at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. He directs the hospital child abuse team and specializes in child abuse pediatrics. Dr. Shapiro’s interests include diagnosing and treating victims of child abuse and neglect, implementing child abuse prevention strategies within primary care medical practices and facilitating a public health response to childhood adversity, and building child/family resilience.

Jill Huynh
Vice President for New Business Development
Beech Acres Parenting Center

Jill Huynh is currently the vice president for new business development at Beech Acres Parenting Center, a parent-focused, family-centered organization with the mission of inspiring and equipping today’s parents, families, and communities to raise capable, caring, contributing children. Jill oversees transformative and innovative projects that will guide Beech Acres into the future by responding to the needs of today’s parents in creative and innovative ways.

Huynh has been employed at Beech Acres for 18 years. Prior to joining the Beech Acres team, she was the intake coordinator for Psych Systems of Cincinnati. She was employed at St. Joseph’s Orphanage as a child mental health clinician for four years in Hamilton County, Ohio, communities previous to her work at Beech Acres. Huynh has been a licensed social worker in Ohio since 1994. She graduated with honors from the University of Louisville with bachelor’s degrees in psychology and sociology.

Huynh has participated in numerous speaking engagements, trainings, and parenting workshops throughout the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky area addressing parenting and mental health issues.