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California Essentials for Childhood Initiative (CA)

The California Essentials for Childhood Initiative uses a public health and collective impact approach to align and enhance collaborative efforts to promote safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments for children, youth and families through systems, policy and social norms change.

September 2020

Prevention is Essential: Collective Impact Coalition Promotes Safe, Stable, Nurturing Relationships and Environments for All Maryland’s Children

When members of Maryland’s State Council on Child Abuse and Neglect (SCCAN) began in 2006 to examine what their state was doing in the realm of prevention, they discovered a gaping hole. Many participants in the 23-member Council—people working in child welfare, mental health, law enforcement and advocacy groups—knew about ACEs and about the corrosive effects of early childhood maltreatment. But they discovered, through informational interviews across different sectors and an environmental...

Preventing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs): Violence Prevention Research Award Recipients

Preventing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs): Violence Prevention Research Award Recipients Adverse childhood experiences, or ACEs, are potentially traumatic events that occur in childhood (0-17 years). For example: experiencing violence, abuse, or neglect witnessing violence in the home or community having a family member attempt or die by suicide Also included are aspects of the child’s environment that can undermine their sense of safety, stability, and bonding such as growing up in a...

Survey for ACEs Connection: PCEs, ACEs, and Health Outcomes

ACEs Connection, we need your help ! We are performing a research study to better understand the relationship between positive childhood experiences (PCEs), ACEs, and health outcomes in adulthood. All we need is 5-10 minutes of your time and your honesty to complete the following anonymous survey. With your help we can find a better way to combat ACEs and to support the development of children into resilient adults. Just a little bit more about the survey: This survey is sponsored by the...

Expansion of School-Based Health Services in California: An Opportunity for More Trauma-Informed Care for Children

Expansion of School-Based Health Services in California: An Opportunity for More Trauma-Informed Care for Children , is a paper that describes a new opportunity for California to leverage federal funding to provide physical, mental, and behavioral health services in schools to Medicaid-enrolled students experiencing trauma and violence. It explains a newly approved Medicaid State Plan Amendment (SPA) that allows school districts – known as local education agencies (LEAs) – to access more...

All Children Thrive, California: RFA Public Comment Period Closes 9/22

All Children Thrive, California (ACT-CA) project has opened its Request for Applications (RFA) to public comment. Consider sharing your feedback on the RFA’s city eligibility criteria and funding requirements with Belinda C. Bresnahan, Public Health Advocates, Program Manager, at by September 22, 2020. All Children Thrive-California (ACT-CA) is a community-led movement that: Transforms current systems to improve child and family well-being Connects community members with...

Governor Newsom Unveils Partnership with Sesame Workshop for Back-to-School PSAs

SACRAMENTO — Governor Gavin Newsom today unveiled a new PSA partnership on back-to-school safety with Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit behind Sesame Street , and facilitated by the Skoll Foundation and Participant, with the first PSA featuring Elmo to be released today in media markets in California, nationally through the Ad Council and PBS Stations, as well as globally. The new PSAs build on California’s “Your Actions Saves Lives” COVID-19 public awareness and education campaign. The new...

CALIFORNIA ACES ACADEMY: Parental ACEs and Pediatrics: Transforming Well Care []

CALIFORNIA ACES ACADEMY (CAA) , funded by ACEs Aware, is providing free online training to Medi-Cal providers and others featuring: Practical strategies for integrating trauma-informed health care into your team’s practice that improves patients’ well being and the productivity of your practice. Meet colleagues with experience and success providing trauma-informed health care in their practices. Learn from national and local experts. Talk to other professionals from your region in small...

Community Trauma Prevention Starts with Parent-Infant Relationships

The COVID-19 pandemic has called on us to find creative ways to connect and learn. In rural western Massachusetts I had scheduled a training for 20 practitioners who work with parents and infants to meet together for two days of learning on April 15 and 16th. Instead I rapidly adapted the training to the online setting. I have had the pleasure of meeting weekly with an extraordinary group that includes peer recovery coaches on the front lines supporting moms with opioid use disorders,...

ACEs Aware Seeking Applicants to Support Clinical Work []

ACEs Aware Seeking Applicants to Support Clinical Work Apply by September 15, 2020 ACEs Aware , led by the Office of the California Surgeon General (CA-OSG) and the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS), is hiring for three new positions to further the mission of supporting Medi-Cal providers across California with training, clinical protocols, and payment for screening children and adults for Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). Aurrera Health Group is the project management...

Trends in Adverse Childhood Exeperiences (ACEs) in the United States []

By David Finkelhor, Child Abuse & Neglect, July 30, 2020 Abstract Background: It is important for those called upon to discuss major social determinants of health such as adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) to have accurate knowledge about generational trends in their prevalence. Objective: To review available trend data on major forms of ACEs. Methods: A search of academic data bases was conducted by combining the term “trend” with a variety of terms referring to childhood adversities.

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