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Our healthcare system and society struggle to address the impact that violence and abuse have on our health. The AVA is an organization of healthcare professionals dedicated to spreading education and research on the lifelong effects of violence and abuse.

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  • Victor Vieth, JD * AVA Past President, Zero Abuse Project
    Victor Vieth, JD * AVA Past President, Zero Abuse Project

    The AVA reflects the best that is in us as we strive to break out of silos and work across disciplines to address violence across the lifespan. Simply stated, the AVA makes the world a better, safer, more hopeful place.

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Join us, January 20th, to learn more about the new research and funding opportunities in 2022! A webinar supported by the National Health Collaborative on Violence and Abuse.

Join TIHCER for their first 2022 Zoom meeting; Thursday January 20, 2022 3pm - 4pm (EST).

Dr. Audrey Stillerman – faculty mentor

In collaboration with other student and faculty colleagues, Jordyn Irwin and Morgan Sturgis, both M4's at Rush Medical College, co-led the study, "Is academic medicine prepared to teach about the intersection of childhood experiences and health across the life course? An exploratory survey of faculty."

Childhood experiences affect health across the lifespan. Evidence-based strategies targeting early-life stress are emerging. Nevertheless, faculty physicians’ preparation to incorporate this science has not been well studied. The purpose of this research was to explore medical faculty knowledge and beliefs, timing and route of knowledge acquisition, perceived relevance and application of topics, and characteristics associated with concept mastery. To that end, in 2019-2020, the authors developed and administered a survey to faculty from six departments at two medical schools. The team employed quantitative and qualitative methods to analyze responses. We'll be sharing information about how and why we developed the study, what we learned and next steps.

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