Elizabeth Sullivan is the founder and CEO of the nonprofit organization EmpowerSurvivors which is dedicated to supporting adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse in every stage of their healing process and educating the public .
Elizabeth routinely contributes as a panelist on the NAASCA.org Radio shows " Stop Child Abuse Now' and " Community Matters" and is also part of a survivor task force dedicated to educating the public and media on childhood sexual abuse.
Childhood experiences, both positive and negative, have a tremendous impact on future violence victimization and perpetration, and lifelong health and opportunity. As such, early experiences are an important public health issue. Much of the foundational research in this area has been referred to as Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs).
Adverse Childhood Experiences have been linked to
risky health behaviors,
chronic health conditions,
low life potential, and
As the number of ACEs increases, so does the risk for these outcomes.
The wide-ranging health and social consequences of ACEs underscore the importance of preventing them before they happen. CDC promotes lifelong health and well-being through Essentials for Childhood – Assuring safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments for all children. Essentials for Childhood can have a positive impact on a broad range of health problems and on the development of skills that will help children reach their full potential. ( CDC)
Published on Jun 24, 2015
Nadine Burke Harris, MD, MPH
CEO, Center for Youth Wellness
2015 Child Health, Education, and Care Summit
Transform 2015, hosted by Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation (CFI), brings together thought leaders from around the globe to tackle the challenges of transforming the future of health and health care. The center offers a unique space within Mayo Clinic to rapidly iterate new ideas into the practice. CFI’s multidisciplinary team uses a human-centered design approach to turn innovative ideas into practical solutions that change how people can determine their own health and experience the delivery of health care.