HEALTH

New Jersey’s first director of resiliency discusses childhood trauma and the path to change

BY Michael Hill, Correspondent |

New Jersey’s children have been another particularly vulnerable population during this health crisis and experts are wading through the psychological effects on kids caused by toxic stress. Both from ongoing trauma due to the coronavirus and historic, caused by systemic racism and discrimination. It’s a lot to tackle. So the state is appointing a national expert on ACES – adverse childhood experiences– to head up a new Office of Resilience within the Division of Children and Families. Correspondent Michael Hill spoke with the Executive Director, Dave Ellis about his role.