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The purpose of this group is to connect people and organizations in Ohio who are working to address issues related to trauma and ACEs

Last week, a dozen leaders representing several organizations came together for a lunch meeting in Akron to explore the possibility of organizing a Regional Academy in collaboration with the Academy on Violence and Abuse ( The AVA is a professional membership organization whose mission is “to advance health education and research on the recognition, treatment and prevention of the health effects of violence and abuse”.  This includes activities that will help to bridge research, policy and practice. The AVA is interested in working with local organizations and groups to conduct regional professional development academies in accordance with this mission and has established the Regional Academies Committee for this purpose. The Mental Health and Recovery Board of Ashland County and Samaritan Regional Health System are co-sponsoring the inaugural Regional Academy in Ashland in April 2014. The possibility of doing the second Regional Academy the following day in Akron was the focus of the meeting last week.

Participants in last week’s meeting included representatives from St. Thomas Hospital, Akron Children’s Hospital, Northeast Ohio University Medical School, Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation, Child Guidance and Family Solutions, Waiting Child Fund, Mental Health and Recovery Board of Ashland County, the Summit County ADM Board and the AVA Regional Academy Committee.  A special guest at the meeting was Terry Jones, Chief of the Bureau of Children and Families at Ohio Mental Health and Addiction Services.  All of these individuals and organizations all have a strong interest in promoting trauma-informed care and awareness of ACEs.  After much invigorating discussion, the group agreed that organizing a training event such as a Regional Academy would help to raise awareness and influence practices in the regional healthcare system.

The group discussed many reasons that the ACEs study warranted the attention of a conference. The integration of physical and behavioral healthcare is being promoted as the future model of healthcare delivery. The ACEs study resides at a broad intersection of primary and behavioral healthcare and it provides a useful framework for integrating these services.  In addition, the ACEs study provides concrete, important and useful foundational information upon which to building trauma-informed care. This includes substantial data regarding the prevalence and long-term impact of abuse, violence and neglect.

As a result of the meeting last week, a smaller group is being identified to form a steering committee which will work with the AVA to begin planning the logistical and promotional aspects of the event. This group will be meeting in August. I will continue to provide updates here as the project moves forward, and I hope others will join in as well with their ideas and thoughts about the Regional Academy. This is going to be an exciting process and a wonderful way to kick-off the AVA Regional Academies!  Thanks to everyone who participated in the meeting and for your interest in working together on this project.


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The dates for the first 2 inaugural Regional Academies on Violence and Abuse have been set for April 16 (Ashland) and April 17 (Akron). The focus of these events will be the ACE study, but we will also be talking about violence and abuse across the lifespan. Dr. Vince Felitti has been confirmed as the first keynote speaker of the day and he will be followed by 2 or 3 other speakers. In the afternoon, the format will change to an interactive discussion with local, state and national experts to explore how the research we will hear about in the morning can be translated into practice and also how it can influence policy. This will be done via panels and Town Hall-like discussions.

Planning for the academies will continue and we'll continue to post updates here. Please share your ideas about experts and programs in the region and in the State who can contribute to the afternoon discussion.

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