Reducing Toxic Stress in Rhode Island
In October 2015, DataSpark and The Providence Plan participated in a statewide symposium on toxic stress. There is growing interest in Rhode Island around toxic stress as a mechanism linking poverty, adverse changes in early brain development, and poor behavioral health later in life. The symposium brought together academic researchers, healthy housing advocates, representatives from state agencies tasked with child welfare, and others. DataSpark developed an infographic that served as the focal point for the symposium' efforts.