New group hosting event on toxic stress, youth

Dr. Robert Sege

Anyone who works with children and young adults is invited to a free event Thursday that will outline ways to help youngsters use positive experiences to prevent, deal with and heal from toxic stress.

The North Shore Youth Provider Network presents “Balancing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) With HOPE,” at Cruiseport Gloucester, 6 Rowe Square, on Thursday, June 20, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event is the first meeting of the network, which aims to connect service providers and create communities that support the health and wellness of youth. 

Dr. Robert Sege, director of the Center for Community-Engaged Medicine at the Institute for Clinical Research and Health Policy Studies at Tufts Medical Center, will present new insights into the role of positive experiences on child and family development by examining his Health Outcomes From Positive Experiences (HOPE) framework.

“(HOPE) offers an organizing set of research-based principles based on the positive childhood experiences that form the cornerstone of preventing, mitigating and healing from toxic stress,” said Sege in his executive summary of the HOPE framework.

Sege is professor of Medicine and Pediatrics at Tufts University School of Medicine and works to prevent child abuse by creating health systems approaches that better support families. He is a senior fellow at the Center for the Study of Social Policy in Washington, has served on the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Committee on Child Abuse and Neglect and sits on the boards of Prevent Child Abuse America and the Massachusetts Children’s Trust.

Karin Carroll, Gloucester public health director, said Sege’s presentation at the event will be a valuable resource for anyone who works with children and young adults.

"The Mayor's Office and Health Department are very concerned about issues facing our youth including the rise in mental health issues and substance use,” said Carroll. “We are especially excited to have Dr. Sege present his research on how positive experiences can help kids overcome adversity and we believe there are promising results from his work which we can learn from.”

The event is sponsored by the Gloucester Health Department, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, the Peter and Elizabeth Tower Foundation and the Massachusetts Bureau of Substance Addiction Services.

Breakfast, lunch and networking opportunities will be provided for those who attend.

To RSVP, email



What and who: North Shore Youth Provider Network presents Dr. Robert Sege on “Balancing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) With HOPE.”

When: Thursday, June 20, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where: Cruiseport Gloucester, 6 Rowe Square.

How much: Free; RSVP to

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