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2020-2024 SHIP Priority: Adversity, Trauma and Toxic Stress

Adversity, Trauma and Toxic Stress

Adversity, trauma and toxic stress include abuse and neglect, living in poverty, incarceration, family separation, and exposure to racism and discrimination. These events have a lifelong effect on health and are correlated with things like substance use, suicide and even some cancers.

To begin to address these issues: “Adversity, Trauma and Toxic Stress” has been defined as one of five priorities in the 2020-2024 SHIP. Each priority will be addressed by a subcommittee that will use their experience, expertise, and capacity to create a SHIP that identifies evidence based and innovative strategies for policy, system and environmental changes. Members were recruited based on learned or lived understanding of the topic area, genuine interest in the success of the SHIP, and ability to actively participate in the SHIP process.


Meetings occur on first Tuesday monthly, at the Portland State Office Building. Meeting agenda, materials and call-in information is typically available 1 week prior to each meeting. Previous meeting minutes are generally posted within 30 days of meeting date. (*) next to a meeting date indicates that the meeting date is outside of the usual recurring schedule.


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