Essentials for Childhood Backbone Organization

In early 2014, the NCIOM, in collaboration with Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina and the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Division of Public Health (NC DPH), convened a statewide Task Force on Essentials for Childhood, tasked with studying and developing a collaborative, evidence-based, systems-oriented, public health-grounded initiative to address the issue of child maltreatment prevention and family well-being in North Carolina. . The Task Force laid the groundwork for a multi-year collective impact process to follow.

Since September 2016, with support from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health, the NCIOM serves as the Backbone Organization for the implementation of the Task Force recommendations. Using the principles of collective impact, the NCIOM supports the implementation of the recommendations of the Task Force on Essentials for Childhood under the direction of a statewide steering committee. NCIOM staff provides guidance and support to the steering committee, working groups, and additional partners, ensuring alignment with and support for the Essentials for Childhood initiative’s goals.

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Task Force Leadership

Steering Committee

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Sharon Hirsch

President and CEO

Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina

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Catherine Joyner, MSW

Executive Director, Child Maltreatment Prevention Leadership Team

Division of Public Health, Women and Children's Health Section

North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services

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Kristin O'Connor

Assistant Chief, Child Welfare Services

Division of Social Services

North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services

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Phillip H. Redmond, Jr.

Director, Child Care

The Duke Endowment

Susan Robinson

Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services

North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services

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Donna White

Deputy Director and Vice President

North Carolina Partnership for Children, Inc.

Co-Chairs

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Jeff Quinn

Co-Chair, Evidence-Based Practices Work Group

Director of Community Resources, Durham Connects

Duke Center for Child and Family Policy

Tony Troop

Co-Chair, Evidence-Based Practices Work Group

Program Manager, Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Program

Division of Public Health,  Children and Youth Branch

North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services

George Ake

George S. Ake, III, Ph. D.

Co-Chair, Trauma-Informed Practices Work Group

Program Director

UCLA-Duke National Center for Child Traumatic Stress

Project Director

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Michelle Ries

Project Director

North Carolina Institute of Medicine

Project Director

Anne Foglia

Anne Foglia

Project Director

North Carolina Institute of Medicine

Meeting Dates

September 2016 - October 2018

Steering Committee and Working Group meeting dates, agendas, and additional resources will be posted here throughout the implementation period (2016-2018).

Description

In 2012-13, more than 129,000 children in North Carolina were referred to local Department of Social Services agencies for suspected abuse or neglect. Of these, more than 36,000 children were recommended to receive additional services. In 2012, 28 children died as a result of abuse or neglect by a parent or caregiver. In addition, child maltreatment has a significant financial impact on our medical and social services systems, with total lifetime costs for one year of child maltreatment estimated at approximately $124 billion nationwide, and $210,000 per victim. Even more than these impressive numbers, adverse childhood experiences impacted the childhood of 53% of North Carolina adults, according to a 2012 household telephone survey. The impact of adverse childhood experiences on adult health has been well documented by 20 years of epidemiologic research. The impact of toxic stress on the developing brain has been demonstrated by over 30 years of neurodevelopmental research.

In early 2014, the NCIOM, in collaboration with Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina and the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Division of Public Health (NC DPH), convened a statewide Task Force on Essentials for Childhood, tasked with studying and developing a collaborative, evidence-based, systems-oriented, public health-grounded initiative to address the issue of child maltreatment prevention and family well-being in North Carolina. . The Task Force laid the groundwork for a multi-year collective impact process to follow.

Since September 2016, with support from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health, the NCIOM serves as the Backbone Organization for the implementation of the Task Force recommendations. Using the principles of collective impact, the NCIOM supports the implementation of the recommendations of the Task Force on Essentials for Childhood under the direction of a statewide steering committee. NCIOM staff provides guidance and support to the steering committee, working groups, and additional partners, ensuring alignment with and support for the Essentials for Childhood initiative’s goals.

 

Vision

Children, youth, and families thrive in safe, stable, nurturing, and healthy relationships and environments and are able to reach their full potential within their community.

Mission

Promote child and family well-being in North Carolina by implementing the collective statewide strategic plan for preventing child maltreatment and securing child and family well-being developed by the 2014 Essentials for Childhood Task Force.

Key Goals