Webinar / Webcast
Addressing Toxic Stress and Trauma in Native Communities: The Promise of Tribal Home Visiting
On Tuesday, April 21, 2015, the Office of Family Assistance, in partnership with the Administration for Children and Families’ Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Early Childhood Development, hosted a webinar for Tribal TANF and Tribal TANF-Child Welfare Partnerships grantees titled “Addressing Toxic Stress and Trauma in Native Communities: The Promise of Tribal Home Visiting.” Toxic stress results from exposure to strong, excessive, and/or prolonged adversity in childhood without the buffer of stable environment and supportive relationships with caring adults. American Indian and Alaska Native (AIAN) children face unique circumstances and disproportionate exposure to adverse childhood experiences, necessitating a discussion of how best to address toxic stress, trauma, and detrimental health effects to promote resilience among AIAN children. The webinar included an overview of toxic stress and how it affects AIAN child health, followed by an overview of the Tribal Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program, and a presentation from a Tribal Home Visiting grantee that is actively working to address toxic stress in one tribal community.