Michigan ACEs Action

Healthy and resilient kids, families, and communities are the foundation for a flourishing, vibrant region. We are dedicated to creating a trauma-informed Michigan and working together across sectors to share our efforts in building resilience and reducing toxic stress for Michigan children and families.

Tagged With "ACE"

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Healing Trauma: One Grocery Store Line at a Time

Shenandoah Chefalo ·
There’s a women standing in front of me at the grocery store. I can see her fidgeting, shifting her weight back and forth. She glances my way and gives me the “what is taking so long” look as she rolls her eyes. I shrug and smile. She turns back around. I notice she doesn’t have much in her cart. After the person in front of her is finished, the cashier asks, “How is everything today?” Of course the cashier had no way of knowing what was coming next. This woman begins to unleash a verbal...
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Help Us Share Your "Master Trainer" Story (Michigan Association of Health Plans)

Former Member ·
The Michigan ACE Initiative is training individuals who work in fields that address trauma in children. Our Master Trainers bring excitement, energy and drive to this initiative and help make our efforts worthwhile—they will be the ones to make the difference and our job is to assist their efforts over the coming months and years. So far, we’ve trained 50 individuals– our first cohort trained in Gaylord last spring and our second cohort trained in Gull Lake in September. Talking about mental...
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It's April Again, Camping Season in Northern Michigan Begins

Dr. Cathy Anthofer-Fialon ·
Growing up in Iowa, once a summer my dad would pack a tent, sleeping bags, and load up our camper which sat securely on the bed of my dad's pick- up truck. My mom would pack hot dogs to roast, and of course s'mores. We would then head off to a local campground on the shores of Saylorville Lake for an overnight adventure. We laughed as we burned marshmallows, and sometimes my mom even brought her guitar to play for us. This is all, thankfully, I knew of camping until I became an adult living...
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Northern Michigan Building Resilience

Dr. Cathy Anthofer-Fialon ·
A shift is happening in Northern Michigan. More people, community leaders, service leaders are using the language of ACEs and Resilience. This shift will meet with the greatest success as collaboration, common language, shared goals, and shared resources are leveraged to lead us toward building a more compassionate, informed community. A new Facebook community: Northern Michigan Regional Resilience Coalition is one of the efforts to join us together in all of our varied efforts to educate,...
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Resilience Coffee

Dr. Cathy Anthofer-Fialon ·
Spread the word , a group of us are meeting for coffee the 1st Wednesday of every month beginning March 2, 2016, at 7:30 am. We are calling ourselves "Resilience Coffee". Our plan is to talk about ACEs, building resilience, raising awareness, educating, and to enjoy a cup of coffee together. Interested? Send me message with your email address, and I will let you know our location as soon as it is finalized. The location we're finalizing is in Downtown Traverse City. ~ Cathy
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April Resilience Coffee

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Michigan ACE Initiative Launch

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Life Expectancy by Zip Code: Where You Live Affects How Long You Live

Life expectancy is highly correlated with ACE scores and complex childhood trauma. Enter your address or zip code to know what the health outcomes are in your neighborhoods and communities. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Life Expectancy Calculator
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Harvard Infographic on ACEs and Toxic Stress

Marcia Fervienza ·
This was just posted by Harvard. I thought all of us could use access to it, for use in our schools and the settings we work in. The full image is on the attached PDF.
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Resources from the 2018 Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Conference

Natalie Audage ·
In October, I attended the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Conference in San Francisco. It was really inspiring. Below please find share some of the books, videos, and resources that I learned about. All the best, Natalie BOOKS 1) The Deepest Well: Healing the Long-Term Effects of Childhood Adversity by Nadine Burke Harris, MD https://centerforyouthwellness.org/the-deepest-well/ 2) The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel van der Kolk, MD...
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New Community!!! Ardmore OK Behavioral Health Collaborative

I'm excited to announce the newest ACEs Connection geographic community for my region, the Midwest & TN: Ardmore OK Behavioral Health Collaborative . This community is a partnership of local organizations taking a trauma-informed stance on behavioral health in Carter County, OK. Their goal is to build a healthy, connected and resilient community. The community manager is Ashley Godwin . Ashley Godwin joined Ardmore Behavioral Health Collaborative in March 2017 as the Director where she...
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ACEs Science in Education: The Next Big Challenge is Systems Change #ACEsCon2018

One of the first sessions of the 2018 ACEs Conference: Action to Access discussed the barriers and opportunities for increasing access in the field of education. The main question was: "How can one achieve systematic changes within the field of education?" The session was moderated by Michelle Flowers, a passionate advocate, and the principal of Kinney High in Rancho Cordova, CA, which is part of the Folsom Cordova Unified School District. It included a dynamic and diverse panel of education...
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What If I Told You?

What if I told you that I was a victim of child sex abuse? As a survivor of child sexual abuse , I have a clear understanding of the importance of addressing stigma and shame as it pertains to sexual abuse, sexual assault and rape. Victims, especially young children, often do not disclose sexual abuse. Those who are witnesses of child sexual abuse, or who are trusted by survivors enough that they confide in them, are often ill-equipped to handle the responsibility. And, many times, parents...
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30 people can end ACEs in your county. Why aren’t they?

Dominic Cappello ·
No, we don’t need the president nor congress. We do need the following people in your county to stop business as usual and focus on preventing adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). City mayors City counselors County commissioners School board members These local elected leaders—many of them your neighbors and colleagues—have the capacity to collectively understand the emotional and financial costs of ACEs and trauma. We can’t have family-friendly cities and counties while we live in an...
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Starting & Growing Resilient Communities: Series Overview [Video]

The first session of the Starting & Growing Resilient Communities: Online & IRL (In Real Life) was a success. Over 100 ACEs Connection members tuned in despite some issues with registration. I have embedded the video in this post. You have also find the video on the ACEs Connection site here . If you have any questions about the series, please contact Ingrid Cockhren , TN & Midwest Community Facilitator.
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reimagine conference

Anna Schoon ·
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National Council for Behavioral Health Conference #NatCon19

Last month, I had the pleasure of attending the annual National Council for Behavioral Health Conference. I have been to my fair share of conferences but #NatCon19 was one of the best. First, I'm biased. It took place in my city, Nashville, TN . And the venue was the world renowned Opryland Hotel's Gaylord Convention Center . And, I love, love, love the Opryland Hotel ! As any seasoned conference goer, I had a strategy when it came to which sessions and events I wanted to attend. My game...
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"Faces of ACEs: The Lifelong Impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences" Conference 2019

Laura Pinhey ·
Friday, April 12, 2019 marked an exciting, auspicious, and perhaps pivotal day in the history of Monroe County, Indiana. That’s a lot of adjectives—and pressure—to pile onto just another glorious spring day in Bloomington. But I think many folks who virtually congregate on a site that supports communities implementing trauma-informed and resilience-building practices grounded in ACEs science would agree that a county’s first-ever ACEs conference deserves a little ballyhoo. But this ACEs...
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Jones: Day 2: Soda, cigarettes and trauma: How Adverse Childhood Experiences alter brain chemistry, cultivate unhealthy habits and prompt premature death

Linda Manaugh ·
Patients would carry soda into Dr. Gerard Clancy’s office, with cigarettes tucked away for after therapy. Often victims of abuse or violent crime, they would seek soothing but risky behaviors to cope. Overweight. Chronic pain. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Type II diabetes. His former patients will die younger than they should, he said. Clancy conducted therapy sessions until he became president of the University of Tulsa in 2016. At his psychiatry clinic, he saw firsthand how a...
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Re: Northern Michigan Building Resilience

Linda Hesson ·
We have formed a trauma task force in our community and are doing our best to pull it together. ACES Connection has been key in our start up. We will keep growing, learning and spreading what we learn.
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Re: Northern Michigan Building Resilience

Former Member ·
Daggonit, Here is the link to the entire toolkit... I cannot figure how to add it with the new platform. https://www.acesconnection.com/...lience-toolkit-v-1-0
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Re: Northern Michigan Building Resilience

Former Member ·
Yep we had a meeting today. Cathy, you will have to let me know how the ACEs in children grant is going. We had a great meeting today in Tuscola so I am very much looking forward to continuing with working with you all in Traverse City. Hope the ACEs Children's grant writing is going good. Tina
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Re: Trauma, Toxic Stress, and ACEs: Why Should You Care?

Dr. Cathy Anthofer-Fialon ·
I would love to attend, but it is the same day as the Governor's Task Force conference on human sex trafficking. It is held at the GT Resort.
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Re: Harvard Infographic on ACEs and Toxic Stress

Ruth A Rondon ·
Thank you so much. This is so helpful!!!
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Re: 30 people can end ACEs in your county. Why aren’t they?

David Kenney ·
This post was very motivating. Is there such a group of thirty for Oakland County? dK
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Re: Resilience Coffee

Mark Risk ·
I'd like to attend. So let me know. But I probably will not attend a lot. I am not even close to a morning person, unfortunately. On Fri, Feb 19, 2016 at 12:15 PM, ACEsConnection < communitymanager@acesconnection.com> wrote:
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Re: Resilience Coffee

Dr. Cathy Anthofer-Fialon ·
Mark, I completely understand. When I lived in Miami, Florida, afternoon coffee (Cuban coffee) was a time to gather. Maybe we should also add an afternoon coffee! ~ Cathy
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Re: Resilience Coffee

Mark Risk ·
If it works. This is a subject that is dear to me. On Fri, Feb 19, 2016 at 2:10 PM, ACEsConnection < communitymanager@acesconnection.com> wrote:
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