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October 2019Vol. 20, No. 8Toolbox Helps Primary Care Practices Understand, Recognize Effects of Childhood Trauma

Healthy Foster Care America developed a trauma toolbox to help primary care physicians recognize and understand the effects of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) on children and families. Referred to as the Trauma Toolbox for Primary Care, the kit is designed for those who may not be familiar with ACEs and/or the process of asking families about prior or potential exposure to ACEs.

The toolbox, also available in Spanish, features the following six parts:

  • "Adverse Childhood Experiences and the Lifelong Consequences of Trauma"
  • "Addressing Adverse Childhood Experiences and Other Types of Trauma in the Primary Care Setting"
  • "The Medical Home Approach to Identifying and Responding to Exposure to Trauma"
  • "Bring Out the Best in Your Child"
  • "When Things Aren't Perfect: Caring for Yourself and Your Children"
  • "Protecting Physician Wellness: Working With Children Affected by Traumatic Events"

The project was funded by a grant from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau of the Health Resources and Services Administration within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services .

The Trauma Toolbox for Primary Care is available at