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FYI, Houston has an ACE Coalition working toward specific goals

In order to learn from what others are doing across the nation, I wanted to share this information found on Texas Children's Hospital website:

  • Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Coalition: Members of the CAP team participate in the ACE Coalition with the aim to mobilize health and community leaders in the greater Houston area to confront and reduce adverse childhood experiences by their identification and development of proactive, timely, and evidence-based strategies to be implemented at the individual, family, and community levels. The ACE Coalition started as a partnership between representatives from the Child Abuse Pediatrics Departments and the Trauma Departments at both Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital/University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Medical School and Texas Children’s Hospital/Baylor College of Medicine. This coalition has grown and is continuing to grow to include multiple community stakeholders with the same vision. The coalition is working to establish measures of observable and identifiable outcomes to evaluate that children and families in Houston have improved mental and physical wellbeing. Prevention target areas are postpartum depression, intimate partner violence, and child abuse.
  • The CAP team also works with St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont, TX to provide guidance and support in enhancing their ability to recognize and treat victims of child abuse. In addition to providing training, sharing protocols and practices, the CAP team recently began formal monthly case reviews of children seen at their facility providing feedback and recommendations for evaluations. 


  • Continue outreach efforts to targeted populations; medical, education and child care professionals.
  • Enhance collaboration with community partners for the prevention and reduction of children’s exposure to all forms of child maltreatment, which is related to injuries in childhood and poor physical health, social, cognitive and mental health outcomes as children and later in adulthood.
  • Fully implement the Period of PURPLE Crying at Texas Children’s, and work with partners to implement this program and identify other evidence informed programs aimed at reducing child maltreatment in our community.

Community Partners:

  • The Bridge Over Trouble Waters
  • Children at Risk
  • Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital
  • Harris County Children’s Assessment Center
  • Harris County District Attorney’s Office
  • Houston Police Department and Harris County Sheriff’s Office
  • Children’s Protective Services
  • National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome
  • Houston Fire Department
  • Harris County Child Fatality Review Team
  • United Against Human Trafficking  

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