Q: How long does it take to mobilize people around childhood trauma prevention?

Mobilizing and getting to results take a long time and depends on many factors. There are questions to consider: Who is leading the cause? What’s the sense of urgency? Who is for the steps forward and who will block it?

We can learn much from the long-term (and ongoing) work in civil rights, the environmental movement and the prevention of the AIDS epidemic. To build a movement focused on the data-driven and collaborative prevention of childhood trauma starts with first getting folks on the same page about the root causes of childhood adversity, trauma and maltreatment. The next step is implementing evidence-based strategies shown to create safe childhoods and thriving families in well-resourced communities. I always find inspiration in the famous quote by anthropologist Margaret Mead, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”