KVC’s Neuroscience Initiative
New Campaign on Healthy Child Brain Development
KVC Health Systems recently launched a public awareness campaign centered on healthy brain development, toxic stress, and resilience. Watch the three 15-second animated spots here. The ads are currently airing on KCPT – Kansas City PBS.
Healthy, Prosperous Communities Start with Healthy Brains
In order for our communities to prosper, we must ensure that all children have the ability to develop healthy brains. A child’s basic brain architecture is constructed from early childhood into adulthood through positive interactions with caregivers and adults. These interactions support the developing brain, improving children’s ability to self-regulate, problem solve and focus as they manage common, healthy stressors in life. Just as positive interactions can build brain architecture, a lack of positive interactions replaced with negative experiences including abuse, neglect, poverty, violence, parental substance abuse or separation can derail the brain’s foundation for growth.
Research shows that these toxic stressors, or Adverse Childhood Experiences, cause unhealthy hormone levels which can negatively impact the development of the brain and executive functioning skills. Without strong brain development, individuals are at risk of life-long health concerns, engaging in substance abuse, poor coping and stress management, and unfortunately passing these same risks on to their children. The effects of toxic stress can be corrected as brain development continues into adulthood, but early exposure to ongoing positive interactions will ensure the economic and social wellbeing of our children and our communities.
In 2015, KVC was one of just 15 U.S. and Canadian nonprofit organizations selected by the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities to participate in a new initiative called “Change in Mind: Applying Neurosciences to Revitalize Communities.” Over this three year collaborative, the sites are working together using recent neuroscience research to influence practice, policy and public decisions. (Read the full press release here)
The Harvard Center on the Developing Child, Alberta Family Wellness, and the Frameworks Institute, have produced several videos highlighting the importance of healthy brain development which should be shared to impact public policies and decisions. Click the icon in the top left corner of the video below to browse the list of videos, or click here.
- How Exposure to Violence Changes a Child’s Brain, and How You Can Help
- Protecting and Transforming Childhood
- Brain Science-Infused Policies Achieve Healthier Outcomes for Children and Families
- Children May Not Remember Trauma, But Their Bodies Do
- Science Happy Hour: The Brain Can Change
- 5 Things Every Child Needs for Good Mental Health
- Healing From the Life-Long Effects of Childhood Trauma
- Addiction Is Not A Moral Failure…It’s a Brain Disorder
- Resilient KC Aims to Increase Mental Health Awareness
- The Brain Can Change… And That Changes Everything
- How Brain Science is Changing Government Policy in America
- Documentary Series Reframes Child Health and Development in America
- The Biological Consequences for Children Living in Poverty… and What We Can Do
- How Childhood Trauma Affects Health Across a Lifetime
- KVC Selected for International Brain Science Initiative