ACEs Science for Communities

This is a collection of resources to build community resilience.

If you know of any other reports you think should be added to the list, please leave the information in the comments section. 

Adverse Community Experiences and Resilience: A Framework for Addressing and Preventing Community Trauma, 2016
Description:  This report, funded by Kaiser Permanente Community Benefit in Northern California and based on interviews with practitioners in communities with high rates of violence, offers a framework for understanding the relationship between community trauma and violence. Outlined are specific strategies to address and prevent community trauma and foster resilience using techniques from those living in affected areas.

Developing a Trauma- and Resilience-Focused Accountable Community for Health Considerations for a Comprehensive Approach, 2016
Description:  This brief
explores the potential of multi-sector initiatives to address trauma and increase resilience at a community scale. The ways in which trauma affects health, the potential of an ACH approach, and key considerations for the design and implementation of ACH-type initiatives focused on trauma and resilience are described.

Family First Prevention Services Act Summary, 2018
Description:  This summary covers child welfare, the foster care system, and adoption and legal guardianship. The PDF is attached below.

Health, Safety & Resilience: Foundations for Health Equity, 2014, 2015
Description:  In this report, the Learning Institute at Healthy Gen presents a look at the current ACEs burden in Washington by age and geography, information on the intergenerational transmission of ACEs, and the potentially mitigating effects of social support, help, and community reciprocity factors. 

Hope Starts Here - Detroit's Community Framework for Brighter Futures, 2017
Description: This document describes a year-long community engagement process focused on giving every child in Detroit a strong start, develop a community framework, and inspire action to implement the framework. 

Preventing and Mitigating the Effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) by Building Community Capacity and Resilience: The ACEs Public –Private Initiative Cross-Site Evaluation Findings, July 14, 2016
Description: This webinar presents final findings of the newly completed ACES Public Private Initiative (APPI) evaluation. This evaluation examined efforts of 5 Washington state communities to reduce toxic stress due to ACEs, build resilience among youth, and improve child and adult well-being. The full report can be found here. All other webinar materials can be found here.

RYSE Center Listening Campaign, 2016
Description: This paper describes RYSE's
efforts to emphasize youth voice, experience, and meaning-making, as well as to enhance youth engagement and community participation.

Self-Healing Communities: A Transformational Process Model for Improving Intergenerational Health, 2016
The Self-Healing Community Model, a comprehensive model of building community capacity in Washington State, helped make dramatic reductions in rates of health issues and social problems. The model developed strong networks that promoted much greater collaboration across sectors, empowered local leadership and nurtured sector leaders to think about whole systems, used data to decide how and where to focus efforts and to learn from what was working, and made visible changes that helped to instill a real sense of hope in communities that had given up on the prospect of a better world for their children.

The full report is available for download.

Sesame Street Communities, 2017
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Sesame Street are partnering to help families cope with traumatic experiences and foster nurturing connections between children and the caring adults in their lives. The tools provided by the initiative present universal coping strategies that help children feel safe and become more resilient in a range of situations.


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