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Blue Shield of California Foundation awards $500,000 grant to ACEs Connection


ACEs Connection — the digital catalyst, information exchange and resource uniting the people, organizations, systems and communities in the worldwide adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) movement — was today awarded a $500,000 grant from Blue Shield of California Foundation for its work to support communities and families in these challenging times.

“This inspiring and impactful grant supports our mission to make California the healthiest state and end domestic violence,” said Debbie I. Chang, MPH, foundation president and CEO.

“Prevention, equity, and changing systems so that they support the needs of individuals and families are key elements of health. We are proud to contribute to collaborations and organizations like ACEs Connection that address critical issues today while also building a better tomorrow,” said Chang.

ACEs Connection was among 20 organizations receiving grants that totaled $10.6 million. (ACEs Connection's award is listed as TSNE, which is ACEs Connection's fiscal sponsor.) Those organization’s missions include preventing domestic violence, strengthening the economic position of childcare workers and families who rely on them, and enabling multi-sector collaborations that drive health equity.

 “We are honored, grateful and thrilled to receive a grant from Blue Shield of California Foundation,” said Jane Stevens, founder and publisher of ACEs Connection. “ACEs Connection is working at the nexus of the most pressing issues of the day. Racism, the inequitable response to the pandemic, lack of healthcare, lack of childcare, domestic violence, affordable housing …. ACEs are at the root of all of these challenges and more, and the pioneers in the ACEs science movement have already shown that incorporating ACEs science into organizations in any sector can solve communities' most intractable problems. We are overjoyed to work together with Blue Shield of California Foundation on this mission to build a healthier and safer California for all.” 

ACEs Connection has nearly 9,000 members in California, the most in any state, and all 58 counties have ACEs initiatives at various stages of development. The social journalism network has nearly 47,000 members total and provides guidance and tools for more than 300 communities with ACEs initiatives. Its staff and members post solution-oriented articles, essays and videos, and contribute to resources and calendar sections. The network also posts a daily digest and weekly roundup. For an overview of ACEs Connection, please go to

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Wow!!!! Congratulations to Jane Stevens and the entire team at for this wonderful grant!  I love that this grant will help to extend the reach of all of the amazing work you are doing to prevent and heal childhood trauma as well as build resilience. 

As an adult survivor who only recently discovered I had trauma in 2017, has been a literal God send as a safe space, full of amazing people and a treasure trove of resources which has been key in enabling me to bravely embark on my trauma healing journey at age 57. has made all the difference in the world for me to finally begin healing the root cause of so many intractable struggles.  My life has been profoundly changed through this amazing organization, and for that I am so grateful.

With Deep Gratitude,

Mary Giuliani

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