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Fourth Annual Symposium on the Social Determinants of Health

Healing Together: Community-Level Trauma—Its Causes, Consequences, And Solutions

Recent research indicates that half of Baltimore’s residents are traumatized as children and that the consequences of that trauma on both physical and mental health can be lifelong if left untreated.During the “Healing Together: Community-Level Trauma-- Its Causes, Consequences and Solutions" symposium on April 20th, experts from Johns Hopkins, Baltimore, and cities across the country, along with local community leaders, examined the impact of chronic exposure to trauma and stress. The goal of this full-day program was to provide education and opportunities for partnerships to make Baltimore a more “trauma-informed” city.

The symposium featured panels of leading researchers and practitioners with expertise in trauma, who shared evidence-based strategies and innovative practices that decrease the effects of chronic exposure to stress and trauma on individual and community health.  Case studies from several US cities were shared as we compared and contrasted their experiences with those in Baltimore’s communities.


Symposium Speakers Included:

Jonathan Kozol
Winner of the National Book Award, the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, and Author of Fire In the Ashes: Twenty-Five Years Among The Poorest Children in America

Ivan Juzang
Founder and President, MEE Productions

Susan Cole
Harvard University Lecturer and Founding Director of the Trauma and Learning Policy Initiative

Steven Berkowitz
University of Pennsylvania Associate Professor and Director of the Penn Center for Youth and Family Trauma Response and Recovery

James Garbarino
Senior Faculty Fellow at the Center for the Human Rights of Children, Loyola University Chicago

About Social Determinants Of Health Conference

In collaboration with the Office of the Provost, the Social Determinants of Health Symposium is an annual, day-long event that brings together national experts, local community leaders, city residents, and faculty and students from Baltimore colleges and universities to examine a pressing topic related to the root causes of health disparities.