Aldina M. Hovde, MSW, has been a child advocate for more than 20 years, spending the past 13 focusing her efforts on managing, writing, and developing grants and programs in the area of pediatrics. Aldina served as Executive Director of the New York State American Academy of Pediatrics and worked at the national AAP, representing over 67,000 pediatricians. While there, she co-authored several publications on child mental health and contributed to the Addressing Mental Health Concerns in Primary Care: A Clinician’s Toolkit, designed to support early identification of mental and behavioral red flags.
Aldina currently directs Safety & Trauma Informed Care Initiatives for the New Jersey Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics (NJAAP), where she leads efforts related to child abuse prevention and human trafficking education for healthcare providers. In 2018 she developed and began directing the program Healthy Spaces: Promoting Healthy and Resilient Communities. The Project addresses Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) in vulnerable communities in New Jersey and was presented as an example of a model in the NJ Funders ACEs Collaborative report, ACEs: Opportunities to Prevent, Protect Against, and Health from the Effects of ACEs in NJ.
Aldina recently began serving as a member of the NJ DOE Child Trafficking Guidelines Work Group to assist in developing mandated guidance for school districts regarding trafficking awareness and prevention. In April 2020, Aldina co-authored an article in the Vulnerable Children in the U.S. issue of Pediatric Clinics of North America entitled, “The Intersection of Child Trafficking & Healthcare: Our Unique Role as Pediatric Clinicians” (Volume 67, p 413-423).
Aldina serves as a member of the American Hospital Association’s Human Trafficking Advisory Council, the New Jersey Coalition Against Human Trafficking Board of Directors and Co-Chair of the Healthcare Committee. She also serves as a member of the NJ Child Assault Prevention Advisory Board and a member of the Prevention Committee of the NJ Task Force on Child Abuse and Neglect.
Aldina holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, with concentrations in administration, policy and planning for children and families.