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The University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) partners with Maryland Public Television (MPT) for a special series called "Your Health," which features UMMS specialists who share their medical expertise with viewers all across Maryland.

UMMS guests appear every other week in a special "Your Health" segment on MPT's program "Direct Connection," airing live Monday nights at 7 p.m.

The show takes calls from viewers, so you have the opportunity to speak directly to our experts and get your questions answered.

Your Health/Maryland Public TV: How Adverse Childhood Experiences Affect Who We Are

Monday, June 10, 2019

On Maryland Public Television’s Direct Connection “Your Health” show on Monday, June 10th at 7 pm

Adverse Childhood Experiences, or ACEs, are stressful or traumatic events that strongly impact health outcomes throughout a person’s life.

Kay Connors, MSW, LCSW-C, Instructor, University of Maryland School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry, and Brittany Parham, PhD, assistant professor, UM School of Medicine, Center for School Mental Health, will discuss how ACEs can affect people’s physical and mental well-being and what can be done to promote healing.

On June 19, the University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) and the University of Maryland, Baltimore, are bringing together health experts, individuals with “lived experiences” and community members for a community conversation about this important public health topic.

Trauma survivor and internationally recognized trauma informed care expert Tonier Cain-Muldrow will be on hand to share lessons learned after living on the streets for more than 20 years. Her experience illustrates the impact that untreated trauma has on individuals and society at-large, including mental health problems, addiction, homelessness and incarceration. She began her journey to become a survivor and began to live with more hope than fear when someone finally took the time to ask, “What happened to you?” instead of, “What’s wrong with you?”

Do you have a general question about adverse childhood experiences? During the show, call 1-800-926-0629 or email your question to