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June 2014


Come to this informal gathering at the Friends Center on Thursday, 6/26/14 from 4 - 6pm, to meet others in the Philadelphia region who are interested in ACEs, trauma, resilliency, and creating a city that is truly trauma-informed. You will have the opportunity to discuss your work, share ideas, and plan future collaborations in a relaxed setting. Light refreshments will be served. RSVP

The featured Guest is James Encinas, who has completed a cross-country bicycle trek to explore what brings resiliency for those who have experienced ACEs and trauma. James will be on hand to converse with everyone and share some of the stories that he has heard in his travels. James will engage with all of us in asking questions and exploring answers on this topic. James is a teacher by trade and is also looking to create an organization that will provide services through a trauma-informed lens to young men of color specifically, Latino/ African American males that are being tracked into the school to prison pipeline. 

Join us on the 26th and don't miss the opportunity to talk with your colleagues and contemporaries about all things ACEs. 

Want to read more about James on his blog ? Click HERE . Read an interview with James from the Huffington Post about teaching (not ACEs-related) click HERE


Vincent Felitti, MD, retired internist from Kaiser Permanente, first became interested in ACEs when successful patients in his obesity clinic seemed to suddenly gain back all the weight they had lost.  Perplexed he began to wonder what had happened to them.  He learned that a disproportionate number had suffered multiple adverse childhood experiences.  This discovery led to the original landmark ACEs Study.

This Thursday, June 5, Dr. Felitti will be presenting "From Gold to Lead: ACES in Camden"  from 2-4 pm at the Camden Aquarium.   This is a wonderful opportunity to hear from one of the two principal investigators of the original ACEs study. Details and registration are available at Event Brite. Please click here to register.  This even is FREE and you are encouraged to the attached flyer with your colleagues.  flyer

May 2014

Dr. Rob Anda, Co-Principle of the ACE Study, presented May 5th at 2:30pm in Camden, NJ  on the ACE Study to a Camden and Rutgers community, service and academic audience. The @CamdenHealing10 project (#healing10) , facilitated by Father Jeff Putthoff of Hope Works in Camden, is working to build a trauma-informed community through the Sanctuary Model and other means, across Sectors (Justice, Education, et al) in Camden and with hand in hand with the community.

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April 2014


Continue the conversation, which was started at the event listed above that was hosted by the Children's Crisis Treatment Center and WHYY.

Click here to join the dialogue

March 2014


Maiken Scott, of WHYY, wrote an article that highlights the increased understanding of ACEs in the Philadelphia area, including the shift towards trauma-informed care. Featured in the article is Father Jeff Putthoff and his Hopeworks youth program in Camden. The article also describes the goals and early work of the Philadelphia ACE Task Force, which recently convened at the end of February.

Click here to read the article

February 2014

Jeffrey Brenner, M.D., founder of the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers, explains why ACE screening should be as common in medical practice as height, weight, and blood pressure measurements.

Click here to read the article

Elizabeth Prewitt, a new Philadelphia ACEs Connection member, has written a blog response to Jeffrey Brenner's above-linked article. Elizabeth's analysis and recommendations are certainly worth the read.

Click here to read Elizabeth's blog

January 2014

Urban ACEs Slideshow on Make A Gif


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Dr. Brenner makes some good points about trauma, ACEs, and the role doctors have in broaching the subject with their patients. I agree with him that there is a bias against discussing issues of trauma, but I think there are other significant obstacles as well. The past and current findings of various ACEs research are still not as widely known as one would hope. Additionally, some doctors could feel that ACE scores may help them identify future or current areas of concern in a patient, they aren't sure of what they can do to ameliorate the situation.

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