Northwestern University Innovations in Developmental Sciences

Early in life, development and experience interact to build a foundation for the lifespan, leaving an indelible impression on lifelong outcomes. Deepening scientific understanding of how early development and experience, from the prenatal period through age six, shape learning, well-being, health and disease is essential to the welfare of our society. Innovations in Developmental Sciences, (“DevSci”) is designed to transform how scientists ask and answer questions about how early development shapes the lifespan.

Resource Guide to Trauma-Informed Human Services

The Administration for Children and Families, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administrations, the Administration for Community Living, the Offices of the Assistant Secretary for Health and the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation at HHS have worked together to develop this Guide to Trauma-Informed Human Services. The guide is intended to provide an introduction to the topic of trauma, a discussion of why understanding and addressing trauma is important for human services programs, and a “road map” to find relevant resources.

Poverty and Child Health in the United States

"Almost half of young children in the United States live in poverty or near poverty. The American Academy of Pediatrics is committed to reducing and ultimately eliminating child poverty in the United States. Poverty and related social determinants of health can lead to adverse health outcomes in childhood and across the life course, negatively affecting physical health, socioemotional development, and educational achievement."
Policy Statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics, March 2016

Mediators and Adverse Effects of Child Poverty in the United States

"The link between poverty and children’s health is well recognized. Even temporary poverty may have an adverse effect on children’s health, and data consistently support the observation that poverty in childhood continues to have a negative effect on health into adulthood."
Pediatrics, March 2016. From the American Academy of Pediatrics

John M. Pascoe, David L. Wood, James H. Duffee, Alice Kuo, COMMITTEE ON PSYCHOSOCIAL ASPECTS OF CHILD AND FAMILY HEALTH, COUNCIL ON COMMUNITY PEDIATRICS