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The Catalyst Foundation's Groundbreaking ACE Study-Based Services Bring Transformational Change to Healthcare
Date:2/26/2009

LANCASTER, Calif., Feb. 26 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Heart disease, stroke, cancer, and diabetes are among the leading causes of death in America. These conditions cause extreme human suffering, and place an enormous financial burden on patients and their families as well as on our severely overextended health care system.

The landmark Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study, an ongoing collaboration between the Centers for Disease Control and Kaiser Permanente, provides firm scientific evidence that childhood abuse and trauma is the underlying cause of these and other serious medical conditions. Catalyst's Bartz-Altadonna Memorial Clinic's new system of primary medical care, based on the concepts of the ACE Study, helps patients address the root causes of their poor health: difficult childhood experiences which continue to influence their lives today. Catalyst is one of the only clinics in the world which utilizes the ACE Study findings to inform its system of primary medical care.

This state-of-the-art, evidence-based, compassionate, and patient-centered healthcare is available to all adults, especially the low-income, uninsured, and homeless. At Catalyst, childhood abuse and trauma is viewed as just another part of the human experience, one which can be discussed, worked through, and recovered from so that it no longer negatively affects our lives and health. A variety of ancillary healing modalities are offered by Catalyst for this purpose, including meditation, writing, art, yoga, martial arts, psychotherapy from a trauma theory model, and health education programs on the effects of trauma on individuals and society. No patient is turned away for lack of ability to pay.

Many adults traumatized as children have serious psychosocial issues resulting in poverty and homelessness. Catalyst helps our patients with basic needs, including food, housing, and transportation. For many such individuals, pets are a critically important lifeline; through our partnership with VCA West LA Animal Hospital, our patients' pets receive free food and veterinary care.

Catalyst will hold a press conference to announce its pioneering new programs during its Open House festivities at 11:00 am on Tuesday, March 3, 2009. Activities include tours of the expanded Catalyst facility, a ribbon-cutting by the Chamber of Commerce, and a special raffle of "Barry," a two-foot high solid chocolate rooster from our community partner, the Lemon Leaf Cafe.

Info: www.acestudy.org; http://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/ACE/; www.thecatalyst-foundation.org; www.creatingahealingsociety.org

    Terry Marks
    The Catalyst Foundation
    44758 Elm Avenue
    Lancaster, CA
    RSVP: (310) 890-6059 or tmarksconsulting@charter.net


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