All Children Excel (ACE) Nashville (TN)

The mission of ACE Nashville is to prevent and mitigate the lifelong impact of childhood adversity to improve the safety, health and prosperity of our community. Our vision is for Nashville, and Tennessee, to be a safe, stable, and nurturing community for all.

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Collective Impact Learning Communities

ACE Nashville utilizes a collective impact model to achieve our mission. The Center for Nonprofit Management has launched new programming focused on supporting collective impact initiatives in our area. They are now accepting applications for a year-long learning community of individuals who are learning and applying the collective impact model to their work. The learning community will meet on the following dates for the following topics: December 4 - Orientation: The Culture and Practice...

Largely white opioid epidemic highlights black frustration with drug war []

The circle of patients gathered for group therapy at a doctor’s family practice in McKenzie, Tenn., could well represent the face of the state’s opioid epidemic. They were in a small city in a rural county, fertile ground for prescription drug addiction, though they traveled from as far as Nashville and Missouri. They were young or middle-aged and ranged from blue-collar workers to businesspeople. They said painkillers prescribed after accidents or injuries paved the way to their dependence...

Northeast Tennessee Embraces Empathy as a Path to Healing

[Editor's note: I thought y'all might be interested in what's happening in another part of the state. Becky Haas wrote this for the Northeast Tennessee ACEs Connection group .] In 2012 I was hired by the Johnson City Police Department as director of an $800,000 grant-funded Targeted Community Crime Reduction Project to reduce drug-related and violent crime in two Johnson City, TN, neighborhoods historically known for highest rates of these crimes. This project required a collaborative...

Memphis poised to alter Adverse Childhood Experiences []

About 18 months ago, Anita Vaughn of Baptist Memorial Hospital for Women and Marlon Foster of Knowledge Quest wrote a column on behalf of the ACE Awareness Foundation—and made a promise. They pledged that Shelby County would become a statewide and national example of how a communitywide alliance of families, educators, faith leaders, business leaders, nonprofit managers, elected officials, law enforcement and healthcare providers can transform a community by preventing adverse childhood...

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