KVC Health Systems Participating in Neuroscience Initiative

KC-based KVC Health Systems is involved in a new initiative to raise awareness about how toxic stress affects health and wellbeing.

KVC Health Systems is one of 15 U.S. and Canadian nonprofit organization selected to participate in “Change in Mind: Applying Neurosciences to Revitalize Communities.”

Change in Mind is a new initiative of the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities, in partnership with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the Norlien Foundation. The selected organizations will work together to raise awareness of the latest neuroscience on how life-altering toxic stress affects the health and wellbeing of children and families. They will also lead efforts to align systems and public policy with the latest science with the goal of moving the needle on social issues like poverty, substance abuse, family discord, trauma, and physical and mental health challenges.

“This is a significant movement that affirms two truths that are important to us at KVC: one, we must infuse the latest neuroscience into human services work because it is the key to change and healing, and two, the nonprofit sector has a critical role to play in aligning systems and policies to what we know about the human brain,” says B. Wayne Sims, Chief Executive Officer of KVC Health Systems.

Through the participation of its representatives Suzanne Lohrbach, executive director of the KVC Institute for Health Systems Innovation, and James Roberson, vice president of KVC’s children psychiatric hospitals, KVC will contribute knowledge gained from its 45 years of direct practice in behavioral health, mental health and child welfare to the initiative.