Washington State ACEs Action

A forum to inform and connect individuals and communities working to promote safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments and prevent and mitigate ACEs in Washington State.

Blog Entries

We Have to Better Understand What Foster Parents Need [chronicleofsocialchange.org]

By Ross Hunter, The Chronicle of Social Change, October 11, 2019 As a new leader in the child welfare space, I thought it would be worth my while to do some listening before I made any big changes. So I went on a tour all over the state of Washington. I talked to caseworkers, foster parents, birth families, judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys and anyone else I could find who had an opinion. I got an earful. “Everything is broken.” “I had a great experience.” “The caseworker never called...

PCEs and Building Resilience - Oct 21 workshop

Have you read or heard about the new study on Positive Childhood Experiences (PCEs)? Join Sound Discipline for our next Building Resiliency workshop (Oct 21) to learn how to be a buffer against trauma and toxic stress in your community. Read below for a note from Sound Discipline Executive Director, Jody McVittie MD, on PCEs and Building Resilience. As a former practicing family physician, I love when the science catches up to what we already know from our own experience of working with...

Webinar Oct. 17 — Integrating ACEs science in pediatrics: Early adopters share lessons from the field

An ACEs Connection webinar co-sponsored with 4 CA In 2017, California became the first state in the country to pass a law supporting universal screening for adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) in the 5.3 million children in the state’s Medicaid program. As clinicians around California await the state’s announcement of what this new policy will entail, many are wondering what it takes to integrate ACEs science in a pediatric practice. Meet Drs. Deirdre Bernard-Pearl, R.J. Gillespie and...

Congressman Biggs Introduces the Native American Education Opportunity Act (biggs.house.gov)

WASHINGTON, D.C . – Today, Congressman Andy Biggs introduced the Native American Education Opportunity Act , which establishes a five-year pilot program to allow Tribes to create an education savings account (ESA) for Tribal enrolled students who currently attend Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) schools. The Native American Education Opportunity Program would be funded through Title II of the Every Students Succeeds Act , of which $8,000 would be deposited into a student’s ESA . ESA funds...

Sequim Mayor and City Council Proclamation of October as Resiliency Month

PROCLAMATION WHEREAS, there is compelling scientific evidence of a correlation between negative childhood experiences known as Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) or “toxic stress”, and WHEREAS, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) include such experiences as physical, sexual, or verbal abuse, physical and emotional neglect, witnessing domestic violence, losing a parent to separation or divorce or having a family member who is: experiencing mental health issues, struggling with substance...

ACEs and Resilience Local Groups and Initiatives

This document provides a list of county-wide (mostly) groups and initiatives in Washington State addressing adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), trauma-informed approaches, toxic stress, and resilience. In many communities there are other local ACEs-related groups and initiatives. In most cases, the contact people listed can provide information about the work throughout their county. The purpose of this list is to encourage connections to and across the groups and initiatives, in order to:...

Introduction - Getting Started

Resources for individuals, organizations, and communities moving along trauma and hope-informed pathways in order to: Prevent and mitigate adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). Promote resilience and safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments. Promote equity and racial justice. Prevent substance abuse and promote mental health. … so that all children, youth, families and communities have equal opportunity for educational success, economic stability, health, and well-being.

Kitsap Strong Resiliency Summit 10-4-2019 (Registration closes 9-27)

There is still time to register for Kitsap Strong's 2nd Annual Resiliency Summit! Registration closes at noon on Friday September 27th! Date: Friday October 4, 2019 Time: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm Location: Kitsap Conference Center at Bremerton Harborside Click here to register now! The Resiliency Summit is a hope-filled experience in connecting, learning, and growing together to strengthen our community! Resiliency isn't about rugged independence, it is about interdependence, inclusion, empathy,...

Don't miss the AVA Global Health Summit in St. Paul, MN, October 3-4!

The 2019 Academy on Violence and Abuse Global Health Summit will be October 3-4, 2019 at Mitchell Hamline School of Law, St. Paul, Minnesota . Keynote Address from Dr. Vincent Felitti : "Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Their Relationship to Adult Well-being, Addiction, Disease, and Premature Death" ACEs Connection Network founder/editor Jane Stevens will receive an AVA Change Maker award and give an address: "Origins of ACEs Connection and the Future" Check out the full agenda and...

California’s Surgeon General Readies Statewide Screening for Child Trauma [chronicleofsocialchange.org]

By Jeremy Loudenback, Chronicle of Social Change, September 19, 2019 Soon after being appointed California’s first-ever surgeon general, Nadine Burke Harris took off on a barnstorming tour across the state to talk about adverse childhood experiences and toxic stress, an issue she calls “the biggest public health crisis facing California today.” Before the pediatrician was appointed to her position in January by Gov. Gavin Newsom (D), Harris had founded and led the Center for Youth Wellness,...

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