Adverse childhood experiences focus of House Democratic Policy Committee Capitol hearing Monday

HARRISBURG, March 20 – The House Democratic Policy Committee will host a public hearing to discuss adverse childhood experiences and the lifelong impact ACEs has on the brain.

The hearing will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, March 25 in the House Democratic Caucus Room, 418 Main Capitol Building. The media and public are invited to attend.

Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, requested the hearing to further explore how these experiences impact children’s cognitive development, and the impact ACEs has on education, health care and correctional costs.

The current agenda is:

10 a.m.      Welcome and opening remarks

10:10 a.m.      Panelists:

  • Dr. Roy Wade

Instructor of pediatrics and general pediatrician

University of Pennsylvania and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

  • Dr. Maria McColgan

Child abuse pediatrics fellowship director and associate professor of pediatrics

Child Abuse Research Education Service Institute and Rowan University

  • Dr. Jeanne Elberfeld

Executive director

Schuylkill County’s VISION  

  • Alice Yoder

Vice president of community health and collaboration

Penn Medicine Lancaster General

11:30 a.m.      Closing remarks

The meeting is one in a series held across the state on House Democrats’ Plan4PA, focused on putting people first, good jobs, health care access, quality schools and job training, and a fair economy. Additional information about the plan is available at

For more information about the Policy Committee, go to

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