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California Essentials for Childhood Initiative (CA)

The California Essentials for Childhood Initiative uses a public health and collective impact approach to align and enhance collaborative efforts to promote safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments for children, youth and families through systems, policy and social norms change.

California Office of the Surgeon General Invites Sector-Specific Vignettes

The California Office of the Surgeon General (OSG) is creating a report to be published in the fall of 2020. The report will feature the public health response to preventing and mitigating Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and toxic stress—tentatively titled “Halving the Burden of ACEs and Toxic Stress in a Generation—California’s Blueprint for an ACEs-Aware Public Health Movement.” 

An important portion of the report will be dedicated to outlining primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention of ACEs in different sectors, including healthcare, education, childcare, justice, child welfare, and public health. The OSG is seeking to incorporate sector-specific vignettes to humanize the impacts of ACEs and toxic stress and illustrate how to effectively engage with and mitigate these impacts working within each of these sectors.  

If you are interested in providing a sector-specific vignette, please consider submitting it to and by April 24, 2020. Guidelines follow:

Vignette Guidelines

Narrative (250 words): Write a de-identified narrative based on a true story about how an individual or family was impacted by ACEs/toxic stress within the context of the approach of this sector.

  • Discussion (500 words total): Answer these 3 questions in relation to the narrative.
    • What role do ACEs/toxic stress play in this story?
    • How might a worker within this sector assess for ACEs/toxic stress and resilience/protective factors, as illustrated through this story? What impacts does this have?
    • How might a worker within this sector reduce exposure to and impacts of ACEs/toxic stress, strengthen resilience/protective factors, and support healing, as illustrated by this story?
    • How does a toxic stress-responsive lens transform or amplify the work that occurs in this sector?
    • Does this story illustrate primary, secondary, and/or tertiary prevention?
  • Formatting:
    • Calibri, size 12 font, double-spaced
    • 1-inch margins
    • APA 7th edition formatting for references

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