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Learn About The Silent Epidemic: Childhood Trauma & Grief: Psychological Long COVID April 14

The Center for Public Service & Community Research is hosting the vitalvoices presentation, “Tackling The Silent Epidemic of Childhood Trauma and Grief: What Social Workers and Criminal Justice Professionals Need to Know,” 1 – 2:30 p.m., Thursday, April 14, in the College of Public Service Building, Room C100.

The in-person and virtual event features Dr. Julie Kaplow speaking on how bereavement is a silent epidemic that manifests in juvenile justice youths. She will present specific data and information regarding this population. According to Kaplow, the pandemic has led to a silent epidemic of grief, or “psychological long COVID,” among youth exposed to pandemic-relatedJulie Kaplow losses.

In fact, more than 25,000 Texas youth have experienced the death of a parent or caregiver due to COVID, with most of these losses occurring among Black and Hispanic families. It is also noted that many of these families were already facing health disparities, racial traumas, and higher death rates prior to the pandemic, making them even more vulnerable to mental and behavioral health issues. This presentation will provide an overview of how trauma and grief can impact children and adolescents over time and what social workers and law enforcement officers can do to support youth who have experienced trauma and bereavement.

To attend this event in person or virtually, register online.


About the University of Houston-Downtown

The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) is the second-largest university in Houston and has served the educational needs of the nation’s fourth-largest city since 1974. As one of four distinct public universities in the University of Houston System, UHD is a comprehensive, four-year university led by President Loren J. Blanchard. Annually, UHD educates approximately 14,000 students, boasts more than 66,000 alumni, and offers 45 bachelor’s degrees, 12 master’s degrees, and 19 online programs within four colleges: Marilyn Davies College of Business, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Public Service, and College of Sciences and Technology. UHD has one of the lowest tuition rates in Texas.

U.S. News and World Report ranked UHD among the nation’s Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Applied Administration and Best Online Master’s Programs in Criminal Justice, as well as a Top Performer in Social Mobility. The Wall Street Journal/College Pulse ranked UHD one of the best colleges in the U.S. for its 2024 rankings, with notable distinctions: No. 1 for diversity (tied) and No. 3 for student experience. The University is designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, a Minority-Serving Institution, and a Military Friendly School. For more information on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit uhd.edu.