Committee Examined Identifying, Preventing, and Treating Childhood Trauma with Trauma Survivors and Experts

Jul 11, 2019
Press Release

Washington, D.C. (July 11, 2019)— Today, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, the Chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, convened a hearing entitled “Identifying, Preventing, and Treating Childhood Trauma: A Pervasive Public Health Issue that Needs Greater Federal Attention” to hear directly from trauma survivors, public health experts, and government officials to examine the long-term consequences of childhood trauma and the insufficiency of the federal response to this urgent public health issue.




  • Childhood trauma is a pervasive public health issue with long term negative health effects that cost the United States billions of dollars.


  • We need a comprehensive federal approach that recognizes the severe impact of childhood trauma and prioritizes prevention and treatment.


  • Some states and localities are implementing promising programs to help prevent and treat childhood trauma that can inform federal solutions – but they face resource constraints that limit their ability to do so.




Panel I


Mr. William C. Kellibrew

The William Kellibrew Foundation


Ms. Heather Martin

Executive Director and Co-Founder
The Rebels Project


Mr. Justin Miller

Deputy Executive Director
Objective Zero Foundation


Ms. Creeana Rygg

Survivor and Activist


Panel II


Dr. Debra E. Houry

Director, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Mr. James Henry

Former Deputy Governor and Chief of Staff
State of Tennessee


Mr. Charles Patterson

Health Commissioner
Clark County, Ohio


Dr. Cristina D. Bethell

Director, Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health


Dr. Denese Shervington

Clinical Professor of Psychiatry
Tulane University School of Medicine



Watch Chairman Cummings ‘opening statement.

Watch Chairman Cummings’ question line.

Watch Rep. Pressley’s question line.

Watch Rep. Cooper’s question line.

Watch Rep. Raskin’s question line.

Watch our witness Mr. Miller’s testimony.

Watch our witness Mr.Kellibrew’s testimony.

Watch our witness Ms. Rygg’s testimony.

Watch our witness Ms. Martin’s testimony.


116th Congress