Barbara A. Simpson Epps

Bush Fellowship
24 months

Saint Paul, MN — Research has confirmed that the developmental environment young children experience in the first three years of life is crucial to brain development and future functioning. I plan to engage others in creating a system-wide, community-based and culturally-specific approach to address trauma- and stress-induced health issues in the lives of African American and American Indian children and families using the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study (ACES) and brain research. This approach is needed to address and change what is happening with children and families in the African American and American Indian communities of St. Paul, Minneapolis and across the state of Minnesota.