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Hi folks - we're talking with legislators to help them understand ACEs/trauma and the costs of untreated/unaddressed trauma in behavioral health, healthcare, education, criminal justice, businesses and other areas that legislators care about. Have any of you created any type of 1-2 page brief overview / primer / graphic about this that's oriented to legislators that you'd be willing to share? Don't want to re-invent the wheel if we don't have to. Thanks so much!   

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Melanie, While the National Conference of State Legislatures may have something, I'm not immediately familiar with it. I had occasion to submit written and oral testimony to the Vermont Legislative Trauma Commission back in 2000, and to follow Vermont Pediatrician/Legislator George Till, M.D.'s 2013 bill to require all Vermont Health Providers to screen all patients, regardless of age, for ACEs. There is an active Vt. legislative committee following this, according to one committee member I spoke with.


Elizabeth Prewitt, ACEs Connection Staff posted:

The Alaska Children's Trust has created several documents that might be useful examples of how to educate the public, including legislators, about ACEs and their economic impact.  Here are links to 3 (*indicates Alaska specific date):  

great stuff - thanks for passing these along, Elizabeth! Also, great article that you wrote about talking w/ legislators in our home districts on the CA ACES action site. 

Hi Gail,

Do you have the info for the "Trauma Informed Schools" we presented at Encina High School? I do not have a copy. I think working with McKinney Vento students is a very important piece of my work. Trauma is a daily event for most of these students. There as so many students struggling to survive. All schools should have a mandate for trauma informed care.

For anyone who does not know what McKinney Vento is I have posted a link of the federal law protecting the educational rights of homeless and unaccompanied youth.

Great resource, Jessica! ASTHO also posted their 2019 Federal Legislative Agenda  Click on the link above for the full document - here is a partial glimpse: 

The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) supports strengthening and preserving all programs that are effective to advancing the public’s health and well-being. Federal, state, and local public health programs have been historically underfunded and undervalued. ASTHO supports addressing the social determinants of health and preserving current federal investments for all of these efforts, including programs that ensure access to healthcare services. ASTHO also supports providing supplementary increases in funding without cutting other public health programs. The federal legislative priorities listed below reflect the most pressing needs of state and territorial health officials.  To read the full document, click HERE

They also have -State Profiles  
This is what the California Fact Sheet looks like.

ASTHO is proud to provide its members with this new resource. These profiles provide a snapshot of the important work of state and territorial public health agencies. These one-pagers include the contact information of the state health official, federal funding statistics, priorities for the agency, impact of potential cuts to federal funding, federal funding at work against the opioid crisis, accreditation status of the health department and more! 

These documents are tailored to each state/territory and are meant to help tell the story of the health department. It is only one small tool to help convey and support the important work our members do to improve the lives of their populations.

Click HERE to find your state profile.  

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