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PACEs Connection's top 5 posts!


PACEs Connection has two sites: There's the social network,, with more than 55,500 members. And then there's the news site for the general public—, a traditional news site that focuses on news and information about the science and practice of positive and adverse childhood experiences.

Everything that's on ACEsTooHigh is on PACEsConnection. But the opposite isn't true, because, being a social network, anyone who's a member can post a blog on PACEsConnection, and many people do.

Over the last 10 years, between the two sites, the top 5 articles have seen nearly 10 million page views (9,937,815 to be precise). That's not bad, since ACEs Connection had only a handful of members in 2012, and ACEsTooHigh has never had more than 20,000 subscribers. The positive power of social media!

Here's the breakdown, with a bit of background on each.

What ACEs and PCEs do you have?  (2012) Total between the two sites: 4,535,857
     This post used to ask only about ACEs, but when the positive childhood experiences scale was developed, we added PCEs. On On, a community emerged among the nearly 2,500 people who have commented where they exchange their scores and give each other encouragement and advice. I'm sure there are more....I'm woefully behind on approving comments. That's another difference between our two sites: Since ACEsTooHigh is open to the public, I approve every comment. On PACEsConnection, you have to be a member to post (a comment, a blog, a video, etc.), and we screen to make sure our members are who they say they are.

Childhood trauma leads to lifelong chronic illness — so why isn’t the medical community helping patients?  (2016) Total between the two sites: 2,170,028
This article written by Donna Jackson Nakazawa was adapted from her book, Childhood Disrupted: How your Biography Becomes Your Biology, and How You Can Heal. On On (She's got another book coming out in September! It's called: Girls on the Brink: Helping Our Daughters Thrive in an Era of Increased Anxiety, Depression, and Social Media.)

Addiction doc says: It’s not the drugs. It’s the ACEs…adverse childhood experiences. (2017) Total between the two sites: 1,747,930
     This article led to requests for Dr. Dan Sumrok to do hundreds of speaking engagements across the U.S. about how he used PACEs science to help people heal from opioid addictions. He also met with members of the U.S. Congress and the administration, as well as state governments, to provide support for trauma-informed legislation. On On  

Lincoln High School in Walla Walla, WA, tries new approach to school discipline — suspensions drop 85% (2012) Total between the two sites:  821,627
This was one of the first articles I wrote for PACEs Connection. Then it was ACEs Connection, and had fewer than 500 members, which is why it contributed only 504 page views to the total. The article went viral
from, and inspired the late director Jamie Redford to do the documentary Paper Tigers that featured Lincoln High School Principal Jim Sporleder. That documentary ignited a spark that resulted in the PACEs movement spreading like wildfire through the education community. On On

PACEs Science 101 (2014). Total between the two sites: 562,373.
     I first posted this in 2014, and have updated it since then, most notably from ACEs science to PACEs science 101, to include research on positive childhood experiences, and how they intertwine with ACEs. On On

All of these posts still have daily views that ebb and flow week to week as more people learn about PACEs science and spread the knowledge.

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