There is much clinical research the last 15-20 years after the initial ACES (Adverse Childhood Experiences) study was conducted by the CDC and Kaiser. These studies have helped us hone in on social determinants of health, long term effects of early childhood trauma and have led to many phenomenal outcomes on brain development and impact of trauma. EndCAN intends to support these studies and scale them to a national level as well as disseminate the information through a platform for professionals, parents, survivors, and others to gain knowledge, understanding, and support.
We know that what has been happening in our country to protect and keep our children safe has not been working to the degree that it should. Five children per day are dying from child abuse and neglect and this number has not changed since the 1960’s. The number of cases of child abuse through departments of human services is only a fraction of the number of children who are abused as we know so many people often do not report, or it gets overlooked. With this information, we know that we must be innovative and gain knowledge that will help us help families and children live better and healthier lives.
Ideas that Promote Collaboration
We know that the reason cars now have seat belts and that infants and children are in safety seats is because a lot of people came together and united their voices to advocate for change. Investments were made, research was conducted, outcomes were measured, and ultimately millions of lives were saved. We know that while this research was being conducted, thousands of people were dying from not having a seat belt on, or not being in a car seat. While this is tragic, it did not prevent the researchers and investors and voices from speaking up and working together to improve car safety. This in only one example of the thousands of issues that have improved from uniting people, collaborating, and joining voices. EndCAN intends to be a united voice, for those who are interested in being a part of the change. We can and will make a difference when we work together and we cannot do this without your collaboration.