Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health and community partners established the Let’s Talk, Lancaster Coalition in 2014 to improve the mental health and well-being of the approximately 30,000 Lancaster County residents diagnosed with a behavioral health condition. Over the past several years, the community has come together to standardize screening for anxiety and depression across primary care practices, increase the number of behavioral health providers in the community and provide community mental-health training.

In 2019, Let’s Talk will focus on increasing awareness of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and the lifelong impact of traumatic experiences.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Kaiser Permanente, along with Drs. Robert F. Anda and Vincent J. Felitti, conducted one of the first and largest investigations of the impacts of childhood abuse, neglect, and household challenges in later-life health. The study discovered that ACEs led to increased risk for health, social and behavioral problems. It also found that people who have experienced four or more ACEs before age 18 are twice as likely to be smokers, and seven times more likely to be addicted to alcohol. Having four or more ACEs also increases the risk of cancer, emphysema or chronic bronchitis, heart disease, liver disease depression and suicide.

Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health and Let’s Talk Lancaster partners will be conveying community members already addressing ACE’s and expanding training for the entire community.

The program, Trauma 101: Understanding Trauma, Resilience and Trauma-Informed Care, is provided by support from the Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health Behavioral Health Community Impact Fund.

The training is free and open to health care professionals and the public. Reserve your ticket today.

Contact Mary LeVasseur, LG Health Health Promotion Specialist with questions.

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