On Tuesday, September 5th, 2017, Academic Pediatrics released a special issue highlighting a comprehensive research and policy agenda for addressing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and promoting well-being. The issue features an article, Developing a Community-Wide Initiative to Address Childhood Adversity and Toxic Stress: A Case Study of The Philadelphia ACE Task Force."
Authored by the Task Force's three co-chairs, Lee Pachter (lead), Sandra Bloom, and Joel Fein, along with staff member, Leslie Lieberman, the article describes how the Philadelphia ACE Task Force, which is a community-based collaborative, successfully developed a research agenda, conducted research on ACEs in the urban environment and identified areas of focus in professional training, workforce development, community education and practical interventions.
This special issue is the result of a four-year effort to engage practitioners and advocates in child and family health across many sectors, and includes collaboratively identified priority goals, research areas and actions. Some of these priorities and policies include:
- Translating the science of ACEs, cultivating the conditions for collaboration across sectors, fueling initiatives to support innovation and real-time learning, and rewarding outcomes that support stable and nurturing relationships centered around individual, family and community self-care, prevention and healing.
- Capitalizing on short-term policy opportunities, such as prioritizing early screening, testing and prevention, as well as leveraging existing policy systems, practice transformation efforts, and research and data platforms.
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