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Louisiana ACE Educator Program (LA)

The ACE Educator Program of the Louisiana Department of Health, Bureau of Family Health advocates for ACEs awareness and prevention across the state. We recruit and train professionals and community leaders to give no-cost presentations on ACEs and resilience science to systems, organizations, and community groups.


Plans afoot to bring stability to PACEs Connection

To all of you, who, like me, love this website and want to see it and its communities flourish as we work to prevent and heal trauma; build resiliency: please know there is a move afoot by a small group of strategic partners to find a suitable host for PACEs Connection. More will be announced in the coming days. In the meantime, friends, we are figuring out email addresses and other communications logistics and opportunities. PEACE! Carey Sipp, former director of strategic partnerships ...

Call to Action & Toolkit: Urge Congress to Support Trauma-Informed Legislation

It’s time to take action and make our voices heard to build healthy, resilient communities! The Campaign for Trauma-Informed Policy and Practice (CTIPP) is organizing trauma-informed advocates, activists, and stakeholders to urge their U.S. Senators and Representatives to support two bipartisan, bicameral bills that would significantly help prevent, address, and mitigate the negative impacts of trauma through community-based/led initiatives.

2022 Called to Care RFP – Deadline to submit Sept. 19th

We are pleased to announce the 2022 Called to Care Summit has an open Request for Proposals. Since 2019, The Called to Care Summit has been designed by the community for the community. The 3rd Annual Summit is no different. This year’s Summit is a family-focused event centered on building community capacity to heal; highlighting families and their communities. Presentations will generate innovative ideas and share transformative wisdom and positive actions that address trauma, healing, and...

WANT TO BE HAPPIER?? Introducing free sessions for adolescents and their parents/caregivers to reduce stress, symptoms of PTSD, improve resiliency and self-esteem!

Here's information about upcoming no-cost sessions we are offering for adolescents and their parents/caregivers to reduce stress, symptoms of PTSD, improve resiliency and self-esteem . We have mind-body skills groups and mindfulness sessions starting as soon as next week , and we are seeking referrals to support adolescents 12 and up and their parents/caregivers, particularly those who may have been exposed to violence, abuse, crime or have incarcerated parents in the State of Louisiana.

After decades of unmet mental health needs in New Orleans schools, teachers and activists scramble to help kids on the brink (

By Kaylee Poche, Staff Writer, April 4, 2022 Amanda Schroeder saw a lot during her time as a school counselor in New Orleans. Schroeder, who now works as the president of the nonprofit Communities in Schools, recalls the time a decade ago when she worked in a public school in New Orleans East. A kindergartener at the school would abruptly bolt from their desk, running out of the classroom without warning. Sometimes, he’d run out of the school building altogether.

My positive childhood experiences tree

This is the third of three stunning illustrations showing how PACEs (positive and adverse childhood experiences) affected the family of Cendie Stanford, graphic artist and founder of the nonprofit ACEs Matter. This one looks at her positive childhood experiences. The day before her 16th birthday, Cendie Stanford’s older brother was shot and killed by a young man who, just two years earlier, had been her boyfriend. “I was heartbroken that two people I loved were out of my life forever,” says...

January 19th CTIPP CAN Call - Trauma-Informed Initiatives in Baltimore and Maryland

Join us next Wednesday for two excellent CTIPP CAN presentations to begin our 2022 lineup. Baltimore Councilman Zeke Cohen will discuss the work, started by the late Congressman Elijah Cummings, that is making the city of Baltimore trauma-informed. Claudia Remington will describe new trauma informed initiatives by the State of Maryland, including legislation that created a Commission to develop a comprehensive strategy to make the State trauma informed. We will also report on the first...

Parenting to Prevent & Heal ACEs Handout

This handout is based on the work of Donna Jackson Nakazawa , who worked with us and generously allowed us to paraphrase content from her book, Childhood Disrupted: How Your Biography Becomes Your Biology & How You Can Heal . Donna's book specifically addresses those of us parenting with ACEs (which she also does brilliantly in the powerful documentary, Wrestling Ghosts , which is about parenting and healing from ACEs). This handout can be downloaded, distributed, and used freely. It is...

Louisiana Fathers Form 'Dads on Duty' Group to Help Stop Violence at Their Children's High School (

Have no fear, the dads are here! Michael LaFitte Jr. said he was one of several parents who felt compelled to take action after nearly two dozen students got arrested, suspended, or expelled within three days at Southwood High School in Shreveport, Louisiana, according to Good Morning America . Wanting to find a way to stop the violence, LaFitte Jr. sat down with four other dads in his office and came up with the idea to start a crisis intervention team at their kids' school called " Dads on...

The Wisdom of Trauma - Encore Event - This Weekend until Midnight PST Sunday

If you missed the recent world premiere of The Wisdom of Trauma Movie with Dr. Gabor Maté, this weekend you can watch the encore of the movie plus get full access to the Talks on Trauma series including my talk with Dr. Gabor Maté and Nneka Jones Tapia on "A Vision for Compassionate Prison." The link is here (all donations will go to Compassion Prison Project by using this link!): Opening Kick Off Introduction with Gabor...

PACEs Connection presents the "Historical Trauma in America" series

PACEs Connection's Race & Equity Workgroup will be examining historical trauma in the United States of America and its impact on American society in a series of virtual discussions. This series will highlight each unique region within the United States and outline how unresolved historical trauma has impacted every aspect of American life and directly shapes the socio-political landscape of today as well as the overall well-being of Americans. Discussions will make connections between...

Does racism make us sick? Amid a national reckoning, the question gains new importance []

By Tatiana Sanchez, San Francisco Chronicle, August 24, 2020 Elaine Shelly has lived with multiple sclerosis for 30 years. But she said she still panics whenever she has to see a new neurologist because of racial discrimination she’s experienced in the past. Even getting a proper diagnosis for her illness was a battle. “I’d go to these neurologists who would tell me that Black people don’t get M.S. and that I must be mentally ill,” said Shelly, 63, of San Leandro. A former print journalist,...

Read the Report: A View from the Field: Awareness, Activities and Approaches for Addressing ACEs (AAA for ACEs)

Cecil J. Picard Center for Child Development & Lifelong Learning, March 2020 The landmark Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) study, co-sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and the Kaiser Permanente Managed Care Consortium in San Diego, CA (Felitti et al., 1998) demonstrated that cumulative adversity in childhood is associated with significant long-term consequences for adult health and well-being. The “ACE Study” findings have been replicated in numerous studies and the research...

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