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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Personal stories the set tone of hearing in U.S. Senate HELP Committee on Opioid Crisis Response Act

Jennifer Donahue, Delaware Office of the Child Advocate, testifies before the HELP Committee (Jennifer Perry to her right) ____________________________________________________________ Some seasoned advocates say legislators are influenced by stories while their staffs are swayed by data. There was some of both at the April 11 hearing on the draft Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018 of the U.S. Senate HELP (Health, Education, Labor & Pensions) Committee but it was the personal stories that...

Rural Communities Opioid Response (Planning) (RCORP) Initiative Grants

The Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) plans to award up to 75 grants to rural communities as part of a new Rural Communities Opioid Response (Planning) (RCORP) initiative in FY 18. Successful awardees will receive up to $200,000 for one-year to develop plans to implement opioid use disorder prevention, treatment, and recovery interventions designed to reduce opioid overdoses among rural populations. The initiative will focus...

Keeping Kids and Parents Together: A Healthier Approach to Sentencing in Tennessee []

Human Impact Partners has released “Keeping Kids and Parents Together: A Healthier Approach to Sentencing in Tennessee”, a report about the health and equity affects--grounded in the ACEs science--of a proposed policy to expand the use of sentencing alternatives to incarceration for parents of dependent children. Fact Sheet: Full Report: ...

A Kaiser pediatrician, wise to ACEs science for years, finally gets to use it

Dr. Suzanne Frank has known about the impact of childhood adversity on young lives for decades. She’s seen the fallout in the faces of young people huddled in beds at a children’s shelter where she worked years ago. She’s seen it as the regional child abuse services and champion for the Permanente Medical Group. And she’s seen it in hospital examination rooms where, as a member of the Santa Clara County’s Sexual Assault Response Team, she’s been called in to examine shell-shocked children...


ACEs science can prevent school shootings, but first people have to learn about ACEs science

The shooting in Florida isn’t only a gun regulation issue. It’s a systems change issue. All of our systems have to change their approach to changing behavior — whether it’s criminal, unhealthy or unwanted behavior — from a blame, shame and punishment approach, to one that is based in understanding, nurturing and healing….in other words, ACEs science.

Strong Voices for Tennessee's Young Children

SAVE THE DATE! You are invited to a public briefing on the crime prevention, national security, and economic and workforce benefits of investing in high-quality early education in Tennessee. Fight Crime: Invest in Kids - a nationwide, bipartisan, nonprofit organization of more than 5,000 police chiefs, sheriff's, prosecutors, & violence survivors committed to research-based solutions that steer kids away from crime - will release its new report, "Pre-K Key to Cutting Tennessee Prison...

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...

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