2015 Community Benefit Report - Page 9

TAKES A VILLAGE THE POWER OF A UNITED MESSAGE AROUND TOXIC STRESS The impact of trauma, neglect, or abuse on a baby has a striking correlation to chronic disease, mental illness, and other social problems in adults. This discovery unveils an important truth: Negative early experiences for children are not isolated family matters; they’re a public heath issue. First 1,000 Days The First 1,000 Days strategic The clinical work of Dr. Ayelet Talmi, a pediatric psychologist at Children’s Hospital Colorado, points to the lifelong impact of early childhood development. This body of work spurred collaboration among organizations, including Children’s Colorado, to align on a highly effective outreach strategy to promote health and well-being for young children and their families. plan provides a roadmap for A key partner organization was nonprofit The Civic Canopy, which uses a community-learning model to drive transformational change through bringing together diverse partners. “When we were getting a myriad of people to come together to develop this shared messaging bank, it took Children’s Colorado coming to the table to make it happen,” says Stephanie Monahan, a director with Civic Canopy. “Given all we’ve learned about early childhood, toxic stress, and the need to promote community resiliency, our ties and partnerships have grown even stronger.” ssupport and intervention The Early Childhood Colorado Partnership (ECCP) unites over 600 cross-sector partners from all over the state in developing a shared message about the importance of mitigating toxic stress in early childhood development. This message has started critical dialogue on how a community can and needs to come together to ensure healthy development for their kids. as well as mitigate toxic stress Children’s Hospital Colorado to enhance its impact in the early childhood arena, focusing specifically on for children from gestation through age 2, along with and their families and communities. Children’s Colorado will work to improve prenatal, neonatal, young child, and family outcomes — and adversity — through both innovative internal program improvement efforts and partnerships with external organizations. 100+ suggested strategies analyzed and compiled into five priority areas 2015 Community Benefit Report 9