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The Intersection and Dynamics between COVID-19, Health Disparities, and Adverse Childhood Experiences
Publication Date: May 15 2021
Journal of Child & Adolescent Trauma
The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic is shining a spotlight on health disparities that have long been overlooked in our society. The intersection between Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), longstanding health disparities, and COVID-19 cannot be ignored. The accumulation of traumatic events throughout the childhood and adolescent years can cause toxic stress in the absence of supportive adults. This repetitive activation of the stress response system can be a catalyst to long-term, negative effects on both the body and brain. A major factor to appreciate is that ACEs do not affect all populations equally. ACEs disproportionately affect groups that have been historically oppressed. The current COVID-19 pandemic highlights this point when observing both case rates and fatality rates of the virus and has the potential to create a new series of long-term health conditions that will disproportionately affect marginalized communities. A foundational first and critical step of adopting a trauma-informed approach will help lead to system change, advance equity, and create a setting of mutuality and empowerment for our patients.
Mental Health–Related Emergency Department Visits Among Children Aged <18 Years During the COVID-19 Pandemic — United States, January 1–October 17, 2020
Publication Date: Nov 13 2020
Beginning in April 2020, the proportion of children’s mental health–related ED visits among all pediatric ED visits increased and remained elevated through October. Compared with 2019, the proportion of mental health–related visits for children aged 5–11 and 12–17 years increased approximately 24% and 31%, respectively.
Adapting and Innovating to Promote Mental Health and Emotional Well-Being of Young People of Color: COVID-19 and Beyond
Publication Date: Sep 15 2020
The Steve Fund
The Task Force’s work represents the first time leaders from across sectors have come together to consider the mental health status and needs of young Americans of color, a population that is the driving force of our nation’s future economic and social well-being. 
The Outbreak That Was Always Here: Racial Trauma in the Context of COVID-19 and Implications for Mental Health Providers
Publication Date: Jun 18 2020
The present commentary offers a timely exploration of the racial trauma experienced by Asian, Black, and Latinx communities as it relates to COVID-19. Instances of individual, cultural, and structural racism and implications for mental health are discussed. Evidence-based strategies are identified for mental health professionals in order to support healing and mitigate the risk of further racial traumas.
Children and the COVID-19 Pandemic
Publication Date: Jun 11 2020
American Psychological Association
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, many school districts have closed for the remainder of the academic year. These closures are unfortunate because, for many students, schools are their only source of trauma-informed care and supports. When schools reopen, they must develop a comprehensive plan to address the potential mental health needs of their students
COVID-19 Lessons: The Alignment of Palliative Medicine and Trauma-Informed Care
Publication Date: May 19 2020
National Library of Medicine
Patients, caregivers, and health-care workers experiencing COVID-19 are at particularly high risk for long-term psychological distress and trauma responses. To mitigate the lasting effects such trauma could have on individuals and communities, a trauma-informed approach to care must be implemented broadly.