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New Initiative Addresses Mental Health Of Kids With Incarcerated Parents

Nearly three million children in the U.S. have an incarcerated parent. According to a new study published in Pediatrics, having a parent behind bars can impact a child’s health behaviors for life: They’re less likely to seek health care and mental health services as adults.

A new initiative from the group Chicago Beyond looks to break the cycle of untreated trauma for kids with incarcerated parents.

Host Jenn White sits down with Chicago Beyond founder Liz Dozier and Dr. Nneka Jones Tapia, leader of the organization’s new initiative.

GUESTS: Liz Dozier, founder and CEO of Chicago Beyond

Dr. Nneka Jones Tapia, leader of Chicago Beyond’s “Leadership Venture”

LEARN MORE: Initiative seeks to interrupt prison pipeline, help kids of incarcerated parents (Chicago Sun-Times 7/9/18)

Study: Parental Incarceration Impacts Children’s Health into Adulthood (WTTW 7/10/18)

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