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VITAL is a grant funded project that is studying and promoting the science of relational health and its importance and power for healthy and resilient children, youth, and families.

Coming Spring 2021:

  • Practice Paper on ACEs and Relational Health: A Summary of Current Evidence
  • Trainings for health practitioners to learn how to assess for relational health and respond with appropriate best practices.

Coming Summer 2021:

  • A Community of Practice Series to share tools and case studies, and make connections in the field.

All activities are FREE with priority given to Medi-Cal providers.

For more information about VITAL, the practice paper, and/or the upcoming trainings and community of practice meetings, please contact Sarah Rock at

Relationships Are Vital to Health: The Impact of COVID-19 and How You Can Help

This short and practical paper explains how relationships are vital to health, and what you can do as a health provider to help children and families be healthy in the face of increasing stress and physical distancing. 

The fear and social isolation associated with COVID-19 are worsening existing chronic stressors, as well as creating new ones for families who are experiencing new kinds of adversity.  People are feeling isolated and alone and have less emotional support than they did prior to the pandemic. Relational health can buffer the impact of the pandemic and other recent events, and health providers can play a key role in using this science to help pediatric patients and their caregivers. The paper also includes strategies you can use to reduce the risk of child maltreatment.

Using Relational Health During the Pandemic to Help Prevent Toxic Stress in Your Child, Patients, and Clients (View/Download Here)

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