By Sammy Caiola, Capital Public Radio, December 9, 2019 California health officials want children and adults on Medi-Cal to get screened for traumatic childhood events that can cause negative health effects down the line. Now the state has started giving doctors and nurses tools to do the screenings. People who experience adversity early in life have much higher chances of substance abuse, depression, or chronic diseases than their peers, according to national research. Gov. Gavin Newsom’s...
I was first inspired to create a fact sheet summarizing the effects of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) after reading a comment in “Got Your ACE score?” A reader wished she had a form to give her doctor that documented the vast body of evidence explaining how early trauma increases risk for chronic physical and mental health conditions and much more.
I could relate.
By Erin Allday, San Francisco Chronicle, January 5, 2020 A screening tool developed by Bay Area pediatricians to identify adverse childhood experiences, ranging from homelessness and food insecurity to physical and sexual abuse, will now help doctors statewide address trauma affecting patients’ health. The California Department of Health Care Services approved the tool — called PEARLS, for Pediatric ACEs and Related Life-Events Screener — last month. As of Jan. 1, its use is covered by...
By Daniela Germano, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, October 1, 2019 An online training program is aiming to educate health-care professionals about biases Indigenous women may experience as highlighted by allegations of recent coerced sterilizations. Dr. Naana Jumah, an obstetrician-gynecologist at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre and assistant professor at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, said the idea for the program came in 2011 when she was doing her residency.
Thank you, Veronique, for your prolific and powerful post! Thank you for your creative initiative of developing two ACEs Fact Sheets. Thank you for streamlining the pathway for patients to be well-informed and prepared to advocate for their well-being during their doctors' visits. Thank you for lifting up our amazing ACEs Connection Cissy White. "In addition to the commenter who wished for an ACE form (thank you for being so courageous and clear about what you needed), I was also inspired to...
Thanks Dana! It feels great to share resources that can be truly empowering and helpful. I hadn't thought of translating the fact sheets but absolutely. Let me know if you know anyone who would like to help me do so!
Please know I'll reach out to my colleagues in higher education to see if any of their students' can translate (Spanish, Tagalong, Vietnamese, etc.) and need additional hours for internships or field placements. Thank you again, Dr. Mead, for your exceptional ACEs Fact Sheets.
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