A panel of Milwaukee justice, behavioral health and social welfare representatives will hear a presentation about possible connections between childhood trauma in urban areas and serious health problems that develop later in life.
The presentation, hosted by the behavioral health agency SaintA, will be held at the Italian Community Center on April 12 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Dr. Roy Wade, a pediatrician at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, will speak about his research over nearly two decades, which found childhood experiences with poverty, racism and neighborhood violence may lead to obesity, heart attacks and early death.
On the panel will be Mary Triggiano, deputy chief judge and presiding judge of the Milwaukee County Children's Court; Tim Grove, chief clinical officer and trauma-informed care trainer at the behavioral health agency SaintA; Hendriel Anderson of Wraparound Milwaukee's Mobile Urgent Treatment Team; David Pate, associate professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's School of Social Welfare and the UW Institute for Research on Poverty; and Terri Strodthoff, founder and executive director of the Alma Center, a domestic violence agency.
"His work is vital to better understanding childhood trauma and how to address it, and it is applicable to health professionals and others everywhere," SaintA representatives wrote of Wade in a statement released Thursday.
Though Wade conducted his research in Philadelphia, the two cities have similar poverty rates and minority populations, which are two major factors driving his research.