ACE Task Force of Shelby County (TN)

We raise community awareness about the role of trauma in health - mental, physical and behavioral - and to create an innovative paradigm shift in the medical system. This will be carried out through the creation of warm, accessible and inviting parenting sites that create relationships to help families prevent and intervene early in the trauma affecting their children.

Recent Blog Posts

APA President-elect Altha Stewart addresses trauma at mental health forum in Washington, DC

Dr. Altha Stewart is the president-elect of the American Psychiatric Association. Photo by Allen Gillespie/UTHSC __________________________________ At a July 18 forum “The State of Mental Health Care: Challenges and Solutions” in Washington, DC, Dr. Altha Stewart, president-elect of the American Psychiatric Association, was the first speaker to raise the opioid crisis and quickly identified trauma as a root cause of the epidemic. Stewart assumes the presidency of the APA in May, becoming the...

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...

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...

Teen pregnancy continues to decline in Tennessee []

The Tennessee Department of Health is observing National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month in communities across the state this May to raise awareness about the impact of teen pregnancy as well as education and prevention efforts. On Wednesday, TDH will join partners from across the country in celebrating the National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy. This observance helps teens understand the consequences of unplanned pregnancy and think about how to best prepare for success in achieving their...

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