Sending Office: Honorable Rosa L. DeLauro
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Addressing the Aftermath of Hurricane Maria with Trauma-Informed Care:
Supporting the Mental Health Needs of Children and Young Adults

Thursday, April 12                   11 am – 12 pm                        Cannon 121

Dear Colleague,

It has been seven months since Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico, and we continue to witness the effect of on-going stress of local instability on the children and young adults living on the island. Children and families
who were displaced to the mainland and are also coping with trauma while adapting to linguistic and culture differences in their new schools and communities throughout the United States.

Chronic childhood stress can manifest in toxic stress, which research has shown has adverse life-long consequences on immune and hormonal systems as well as brain and neurological development.[i]
It is critical to provide adequate trauma informed care for these children and young adults to prevent these outcomes.

The briefing will feature a panel of experts who will discuss their
work with trauma-informed care to support the mental health needs of children and young adults in K-12 and higher education settings
living on the island of Puerto Rico as well as the mainland. The panel includes:

  • Michael de Arellano, PhD
    Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
    College of Medicine, University of South Carolina
  • Rosaura Orengo-Aguayo, PhD
    Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
    College of Medicine, University of South Carolina
  • Lisa Bigelow
    Director of Institutional Advancement
    Central Connecticut State University

We have a responsibility to provide trauma-informed care for children and young adults still coping with the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.  I hope you join me in learning more about this important topic.


Rosa L. DeLauro
Member of Congress

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