ETSU, Ballad Health team up for institute to study adverse childhood experiences
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ETSU and Ballad Health are teaming up to start a new institute focused on adverse childhood experiences.

The Strong BRAIN Institute will study ways to prevent and lessen the effects of those experiences. Adverse childhood experiences like abuse, trauma, or drug addiction in the home can cause lifelong health problems. ETSU and Ballad hope to make this region a national leader in fighting the problem.

"It's a cycle that just keeps continuing,” Ballad Health CEO Alan Levine said. “And the way that you break this cycle is you try to understand what are the root causes of adverse childhood experiences and how do we learn from that, share information and intervene.”

Ballad Health CEO Alan Levine said they're also working on providing services for families to prevent adverse childhood experiences in our region.

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