The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is currently in the planning process for developing a national center – the Center on Healthy, Resilient Children - that will focus on resilience in children and families for long-term health.
The work of the Center will:
Educate pediatricians, families, and partners on the importance of building resiliency in children
and families and addressing toxic stress
Work with internal and external stakeholders to identify gaps in practice support, research, and policy and strategies to address these deficits
Advocate for a national approach to increase resiliency in children and families to promote their long-term physical, mental, and behavioral health
The work for the Center will be a national effort coordinated by the AAP and strategic partners to support healthy brain development and prevent toxic stress.
Activities of the Center will have a strong focus on prevention efforts to keep children healthy. In addition, the Center will help pediatricians and others identify those children who have already experienced adversity and toxic stress and will provide resources for professionals that raise awareness about appropriate interventions and supports for those children and families.
Current AAP Efforts Related to Early Brain Development, Toxic Stress, and Resiliency
In last 3 years, the AAP has set a solid foundation for its work related to the Center. Materials developed through strategic priorities, grant activities, and efforts from AAP committees, councils, and sections provide pediatricians and others opportunities to learn and implement this knowledge in the medical home and community setting.