Adverse Childhood Experiences and Public Health Practice

Friday, January 20, 2012
Location: Webinar


This webinar describes current work in adverse childhood experiences in Washington State. Chris Blodgett discusses funded work in Spokane that translates research on adverse childhood experiences and trauma into community development partnerships in early learning and K-12 schools. He describes how public health principles can engage education systems as partners, define new roles for public health nurses, and adapt research about trauma treatment into education settings in order to reduce the effects of adversity in the lives of children.

Quen Zorrah discusses how Jefferson County Public Health has integrated adverse childhood experiences into public health practice. The county includes questions about these experiences in a comprehensive assessment tool offered to new clients in its family health programs. The county has learned that public health nurses can effectively educate and screen clients for adverse childhood experiences and plan, with the client, ways to decrease the risk for intergenerational transmission of these experiences, strengthen the parent-child relationship, and build resiliency for both the survivor and the child.


Dr. Chris Blodgett is a Washington State University faculty member, a licensed clinical psychologist, and director of the Washington State University Area Health Education Center of Eastern Washington. Dr. Blodgett has been the principal investigator for more than three dozen federal, state, and national foundation grants addressing high-risk children and families. Areas of program work include adverse childhood experiences and complex trauma, family violence, chronic mental health disorders in children, early learning outcomes and system development, early childhood home visiting, and K-12 education improvement efforts.

Quen Zorrah is a public health nurse and infant mental health specialist at Jefferson County Public Health. Her clinical focus has been home visiting to high-risk families through maternity support services, Early Intervention Program, and Nurse Family Partnership. 


If you are interested in attending this one-hour Webinar, please send an email to

To participate, you'll need access to a computer and a phone. If more than one person in your office is interested in attending, please consider sharing a computer and phone. The number of computers that can access the Webinar is limited to 55.

The week before the Webinar, we'll email you instructions for registering and downloading the needed iLinc web conferencing software. The session will be recorded and archived.