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Toxic Stress and the role of Health Care: Translating long-term adversity into lifelong health

  • OHSU Collaborative Life Sciences Building 2730 Southwest Moody Avenue Portland, OR, 97201 United States (map)

Toxic stress is persistent and prolonged adversity without an adequate support system. When a child experiences stress, their body reacts with an elevated heart rate, adrenaline rush and increased hormone levels. If the child receives support from caring adults, the stress is relieved and their brain learns to manage future stress. However, if that stress is prolonged or there is no support system in place to help it, the response stays activated and their developing system is at risk for remaining in permanent overload.

Please join us as we examine the causes of toxic stress and discuss ways health care providers can reduce the impact at this year’s health care symposium. Each year, Virginia Garcia Memorial Foundation hosts its annual Health Care Symposium, bringing together health leaders from across the region to address national health care challenges and how they affect Oregonians. Virginia Garcia strives to provide high quality health care in an ever-changing world. In times like these we seek to be a center of innovation, constantly looking for better ways to serve the most vulnerable among us.

Event Agenda

5:30pm:     Social Hour in the OHSU Collaborative Life Sciences Atrium
6:30pm:     Event begins in the OHSU Portland State Lecture Hall
8pm:            Symposium concludes