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CA Surgeon General and DHCS Launch ACEs Aware Initiative and Website

Join a live webinar with California Surgeon General Dr. Nadine Burke Harris and Dr. Karen Mark Medical Director, Department of Health Care Services for a Medi-Cal provider introduction to the new ACEs Aware Initiative and the www.ACEsAware.org website. The Office of the California Surgeon General and the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS), in the first public unveiling of the initiative, will host a live webinar to share details of the new ACEs Aware Initiative for Medi-Cal providers...

Dr. Melissa Merrick Explains CDC's Vital Signs/ACEs Report [Prevent Child Abuse America]

Dr. Melissa Merrick, president & CEO of Prevent Child Abuse America, provides four key takeaways from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s latest Vital Signs/ACEs report , of which she is the lead author. Merrick also identifies several practical solutions for creating the conditions for safe, stable and nurturing relationships and environments for all children, families and communities, which are fundamental to preventing ACEs. Among these solutions is strengthening economic...

Tribal Behavioral Health Grant Program (SAMHSA)

Click HERE to learn more. Description The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Centers for Mental Health Services (CMHS) and Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP), are accepting applications for the fiscal year (FY) 2020 Tribal Behavioral Health Grant Program (Short Title: Native Connections). The purpose of this program is to prevent suicide and substance misuse, reduce the impact of trauma, and promote mental health among American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN)...

Franciscan Partners With Online Community Platform to Address Childhood Trauma [nwitimes.com]

By Joseph S. Pete, The Times of Northwest Indiana, November 22, 2019 Childhood trauma causes long-term harm, both emotionally and physically, taking a toll on one's health. Abuse, witnessing violence or substance abuse in the home, having a parent in jail and other adverse childhood experiences or ACEs have been linked to heart disease, cancer, respiratory disease, diabetes and suicide. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found that at least five of the top 10 leading causes...

Ask the Community

Grad student seeks your input?

Hello Sonoma County ACEs Connection members, My name is Brandin Gordon and I am a graduate student at the University of San Francisco working in dual-degrees in Public Health and Behavioral Health. My fieldwork project will focus on trauma informed care at an organizational level. Utilizing knowledge from my dual majors, my goal is to develop a deeper understanding of organizational needs to implement trauma informed care. In the next couple of weeks, I will be reaching out to organizations...Read More...
Last Reply By Karen Clemmer (ACEs Connection Staff) · First Unread Post

Help our public radio station with a story: How did separation from your parents as a child impact you?

KQED is the National Public Radio affiliate in San Francisco, CA. We’d like to hear from adults (18+) who were separated from their parents when they were children. Perhaps the separation was due to economic reasons, war and conflict, incarceration, foster care, or something else. How did that period of separation impact you in the long-run? How has it impacted your connection to others and how you build relationships? If you're a parent, how does it influence how you parent? We’re...Read More...

Is Poverty an ACE?

Holly White-Wolfe
I think toxic stress can result from poverty, and this is concerning considering: 40% of Americans Lack Savings to Cover a $400 Emergency. Despite low unemployment, this Washington Post story notes that 'an alarming number of Americans are still struggling to get by. In the past month, two reports - a new Federal Reserve survey of more than 12,200 Americans about their finances and a new United Way report on financial hardship - reveal how unstable life remains for a large number of people.Read More...
Last Reply By Remy Fuentes · First Unread Post
HI everyone - I have family that has lost everything in the Ventura fires and i am trying to be a resource for them. I already shared a one pager about the health effects of ash (Thank you for posting that, Karen!). Do you all have any suggestions for what they definitely need to do? (They lost everything). They have been in touch with insurance company (havent heard back yet) and are out looking for an apartment to rent. Any must dos for them? Thank you in advance! Gail (formerly from Ventura)Read More...
Last Reply By Sue Stephenson · First Unread Post
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