This forum will house updates from the Philadelphia ACE Taskforce (PATF) and the designated working groups to further the goals of the Philadelphia ACE Taskforce.
In April 2012, the Institute for Safe Families (ISF) formed the Philadelphia Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Task Force to develop policies, practices, and research within pediatric settings that mitigate conditions arising from toxic stressors and ACEs (adverse childhood experiences) and that increase the health and wellbeing of children and their families. The Philadelphia ACE Task Force is now housed through the Health Federation of Philadelphia (HFP) with additional support from the Thomas Scattergood Behavioral Health Foundation . As many are now aware, the ACE Study demonstrates that toxic stress and traumatic childhood experiences can lead to significant social, emotional and cognitive impairments, as well as chronic diseases and unhealthy behaviors across the life span. The Philadelphia ACE Task Force is a collaboration and partnership between practitioners and public health leaders.
The Philadelphia ACE Task Force is co-chaired by: Sandra Bloom, MD, Associate Professor of Health Management and Policy and Co-Director of the Center for Non‐Violence and Social Justice at Drexel University; Joel Fein, MD, MPH, Professor of Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine, Attending Physician in the Division of Emergency Medicine at The Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania, and Director of the Philadelphia Collaborative Violence Prevention Center; and Lee Pachter, DO, Chief of General Pediatrics and Associate Chair for Community Pediatrics at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, and Professor of Pediatrics at Drexel University’s College of Medicine.
The Philadelphia ACE Taskforce is staffed by: Leslie Lieberman, Director, Special Initiatives and Organizational Consulting, The Health Federation of Philadelphia; Alyson Ferguson, Director of Grantmaking, Scattergood Foundation; Carolyn Smith-Brown, Administrative Manager for Special Initiatives, The Health Federation of Philadelphia. The Philadelphia ACE Taskforce is supported by the following interns: Aniela Glinski, The Health Federation of Philadelphia, Caitlin O'Brien, Scattergood Foundation and Shoshana Akins, Scattergood Foundation.