Over 74,000 investigations of child abuse and neglect took place in New Jersey in 2017 as reported by the U.S, Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families. Every county in the state had reports and investigations of child abuse and neglect. According to Advocates for Children of New Jerseys’ Kids Count 2018, Cape May and Cumberland Counties were ranked the lowest in safety and well-being.
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are stressful or traumatic events experienced before the age of 18. They have been linked to poor health outcomes in adulthood, including chronic disease and early death. There is a growing body of research showing that toxic stress caused by ACEs can profoundly alter child and adolescent development, including brain architecture.
NJAAP is expanding a successful pilot program to increase the number of community-based organizations providing population-based primary prevention services related to violence. Healthy Spaces: Promoting Healthy and Resilient Communities is a new community-focused primary prevention program that brings together pediatric practice teams, school nurses, and local community organizations in three communities in New Jersey – the City of Camden, Cape May, and Cumberland Counties.