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    Staff Spotlight: Ebony Bailey, LPC MHSP

    Each month, we plan to interview a Foundation team or board member about his/her role and involvement in ACEs. We hope you enjoy this peak behind the curtain into what inspires us to keep going! As the ACE Awareness Foundation clinical coordinator, Ebony consults with clinicians across our Universal Parenting Places (UPPs).

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    ACE Awareness Summit 2017 Links Individual and Organizational Trauma

    On October 24, the ACE Awareness Foundation brought together nearly 150 therapists, practitioners, advocates, and community members for its annual summit held at the Salvation Army Kroc Center.

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    Staff Spotlight: Krystal Ross

    Each month, we plan to interview a Foundation team or board member about his/her role and involvement in ACEs. We hope you enjoy this peak behind the curtain into what inspires us to keep going! As the ACE Awareness Foundation operations manager, Krystal Ross makes sure schedules and budgets are in check.

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    ACE Awareness Foundation Announces Departure of Executive Director Ellen Rolfes

    ACE Awareness Foundation’s Executive Director, Ellen Rolfes, will be leaving the organization effective October 1, 2017 to pursue other professional endeavors.  Ms. Rolfes guided the Foundation through its initial developmental phase into its current position as an emerging prototype for community collaboration on eliminating the causes and associated outcomes of familial toxic stress.

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    ACE Awareness Foundation Joins National CTIPP

    ACE Awareness Foundation executive director Ellen Rolfes and former Mayor A C Wharton Jr. have joined the Washington, D.C.-based Campaign for Trauma-Informed Policy and Practice (CTIPP).

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    First Universal Parenting Place Opens in Mississippi Delta

    Last month, the ACE Awareness Foundation opened its first Universal Parenting Place (UPP) outside of Memphis at the Leland Medical Center located at 201 Baker Blvd in Leland, Mississippi—a major milestone on the path toward bringing this national model of preventative care to any family in need. This is the fifth overall UPP launched by … Continue reading First Universal Parenting Place Opens in Mississippi Delta

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    Now Open! UPP at Christ Community Health Services

    Shelby County residents now have increased access to the services of the Universal Parenting Places (UPPs) with the opening of the fourth UPPs facility on May 19th at Christ Community Health Services – Raleigh, located at 3481 Austin Peay Highway, Memphis, TN 38128. The location, as with all UPPs, is founded and overseen by the … Continue reading Now Open! UPP at Christ Community Health Services

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    Commercial Appeal endorses ACE Awareness Foundation efforts

    In our own backyard in Memphis and throughout the state, communities continue to stand up in support of adverse childhood experiences (ACE)-awareness to mitigate and prevent the effects of childhood trauma. You may have read about the efforts of our Foundation in recent media coverage in the Commercial Appeal and BetterTennessee. Since 2015, the ACE Awareness Foundation has administered … Continue reading Commercial Appeal endorses ACE Awareness Foundation efforts

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    ACE Awareness Task Force Experiences Playback Memphis

    The ACE Awareness Task Force is one our organization’s greatest resources. It is comprised of community leaders with diverse range of capabilities, temperaments and talents, all focused on working together to help us to make our City as ACE aware as it can be. To that end, we want the Task Force to be fully … Continue reading ACE Awareness Task Force Experiences Playback Memphis

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    A Perfectly Imperfect Parent by Ebony Bailey, LPC MHSP

    I recently had the good fortune of talking to a mother of a 16-month-old. I told her about my next blog idea, Being A Perfectly Imperfect Parent. She smiled, nodded and shared how differently she reacts to things involving her little one now as oppose to in the beginning.  It’s like those Luvs Second Kid … Continue reading A Perfectly Imperfect Parent by Ebony Bailey, LPC MHSP

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    Third Universal Parenting Place opens at Perea Preschool

    Shelby County residents now have increased access to the groundbreaking services of the Universal Parenting Places (UPPs) with the opening of the third UPPs facility at Perea Preschool, a Ministry of Church Health, located at 1250 Vollintine Avenue, 2nd Floor (rooms 201 and 202). “Our goal is to support families in their efforts to prevent … Continue reading Third Universal Parenting Place opens at Perea Preschool

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    Listen Up! ACE Awareness Foundation featured on local podcasts

    There’s a reason why the word awareness is front and center in our foundation’s name. The first part of preventing ACEs is to ensure we have a community that is fully aware of what ACEs are and how they have a lasting impact on children as they grow up. To that end, we are thrilled … Continue reading Listen Up! ACE Awareness Foundation featured on local podcasts

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    Helping Our Children Cope with Anxiety by Ebony Bailey, LPC MHSP

    Recently, I took advantage of an opportunity to speak with a group of parents who shared a common concern: how to help their child when he becomes anxious. I started the conversation with a question to the group: How do you know when you are feeling anxious? Body sensations like heart palpations, increased blood pressure … Continue reading Helping Our Children Cope with Anxiety by Ebony Bailey, LPC MHSP

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    ACE Awareness Foundation names new board chair

    Stephen C. Bush has been named chairman of the ACE Awareness Foundation board. The Memphis-based Foundation’s mission is to educate, inform and lead on the ACE issue to position the Greater Memphis-area to be a catalyst in enacting lasting and enduring change in policy and practice to permanently reduce toxic stress in family systems. “Stephen … Continue reading ACE Awareness Foundation names new board chair

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    Grandparents Parenting Grandchildren by Ebony Bailey, LPC MHSP

    Back in September I was fortunate to have an opportunity to attend a Grandparents’ Day celebratory event at the Universal Parenting Place at Knowledge Quest. One woman stood up and shared with the group how she is raising five of her 12 grandchildren. Her comment sparked this thought in my mind about multigenerational households, and … Continue reading Grandparents Parenting Grandchildren by Ebony Bailey, LPC MHSP

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    2016 ACE Awareness Summit features Dr. Bruce Perry

    On November 10, one of the nation’s foremost clinicians and researchers in children’s mental health and neurosciences, Dr. Bruce Perry (center) spoke to a crowd of 300 community and civic leaders at the 2016 ACE Awareness Summit at the Benjamin L. Hooks Library in Memphis. Dr. Perry emphasized the power of relationship and highlighted how communities can … Continue reading 2016 ACE Awareness Summit features Dr. Bruce Perry

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    Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland tours, touts UPPs

    On Monday, October 3, Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland visited with Universal Parenting Place (UPP) client families and staff therapists on his tour the Knowledge Quest UPP. “The better parents that we are the better children that we have. I talk a lot about kids choosing the right path, not the wrong path, and this program here … Continue reading Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland tours, touts UPPs

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    [LISTEN] Radio PSAs now airing on WYPL!

    It has been a big year for the ACE Awareness Foundation. As our scope and services grow, we are continually reminded of what a supportive community Memphis is. One special reminder of how collaborative our city is came from The Memphis Public Library and Information Center, which produced two public service announcements (PSAs) to help us promote … Continue reading [LISTEN] Radio PSAs now airing on WYPL!

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    Does One Size Really Fit All? by Ebony Bailey, LPC MHSP

    When it comes to discipline, does one approach work all of the time with your child? What works? First, you’ll need to have a clear set of goals. What is it that you want to accomplish when your child is doing something that you don’t want them to do? You’ll also want think about what … Continue reading Does One Size Really Fit All? by Ebony Bailey, LPC MHSP

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    The UPPs unveil new expansion plans, logo, social handles

    This is an important moment for the Universal Parenting Places, or, as we’ve all come to affectionately know them, The UPPs. Since their launch in April 2015 we’ve watched our UPPs at Baptist and Knowledge Quest blossom and grow. These two UPPs were the first of their kind in the United States. It is a … Continue reading The UPPs unveil new expansion plans, logo, social handles

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    Postpartum Blues, by Ebony Bailey, LPC MHSP

    “Some people think that when women have babies that they are endowed with superpowers, but really that’s when they become their most vulnerable.” — Valencia Robinson Avery These words were said to me during a conversation I had with a mother of two toddlers. Her thoughts about postpartum depression were quite clear: women need more … Continue reading Postpartum Blues, by Ebony Bailey, LPC MHSP

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    How our environment affects our genes, by Ebony K. Bailey, LPC MHSP

    Have you ever silently wished that your little one came with an instruction manual?  Or maybe you just have a desire to be the best parent for your child. Last month, I talked about how trauma can start as early as in the womb. This month I want to share with you the new science of … Continue reading How our environment affects our genes, by Ebony K. Bailey, LPC MHSP

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    Warm Line Now Accepting Calls

    Funded by the ACE Awareness Foundation and administered by Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital; free-to-call Warm Line provides practical information, guidance, and emotional support on parenting. Shelby County parents now may access the Parent Support Warm Line, a real time, go-to reference phone line providing professional help and support with difficult or unclear parenting situations. The … Continue reading Warm Line Now Accepting Calls

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    Trauma in the womb, by Ebony K. Bailey, LPC MHSP

    Do our experiences in the womb really effect us as adults?  That was the question I asked myself while reading a chapter from Robin Karr-Morse’s book, Scared Sick. Karr-Morse’s works laid the foundation for the Universal Parenting Places here in Memphis. I talked to my mom about it, and she shared a piece of advice … Continue reading Trauma in the womb, by Ebony K. Bailey, LPC MHSP

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    UPPs featured in millions of households across the U.S. on national program, PBS NewsHour

    Universal Parenting Places (UPP) in Memphis, judgment-free zones where parents can receive professional counseling, information and emotional support for family-related issues or concerns, will be the focus of an in-depth national television news feature that will air across the U.S. during tonight’s PBS NewsHour broadcast.

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    Speakers Series: 150+ gather to hear Loraine Swanson Lucinski

    On April 14, more than 150 early childhood development, health, and education advocates attended the ACE Awareness Foundation Speakers Series to hear an in-depth keynote featuring  TN Dept. of Children’s Services Deputy Director of Child Health, Loraine Swanson Lucinski, MPH. The event, “Adverse Childhood Experiences: their impact on Tennessee and our response,” was held at the Salvation … Continue reading Speakers Series: 150+ gather to hear Loraine Swanson Lucinski

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    UPP at Baptist Awarded For Community Impact

    The Universal Parenting Place at Baptist Memorial Hospital for Women was among four programs from across the nation named a Program of Promise through the Hospital Charitable Services Awards, a national program sponsored by Jackson Healthcare. The Universal Parenting Places, are judgment-free zones where parents can receive professional counseling, information, and emotional support for family-related issues or concerns, no matter how small.

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    ACE Awareness Foundation Advocates Armed at FrameLab

    On March 17th and 18th, more than 35 dedicated public sector leaders came to the Governor’s mansion in Nashville, Tenn. to learn the brain science and communication science of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). The event was the first FrameLab hosted by the ACE Awareness Foundation in Tennessee in collaboration with FrameWorks Institute, an award-winning nonprofit organization known for … Continue reading ACE Awareness Foundation Advocates Armed at FrameLab

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    Lifting Families UPP!

    The nation’s first Universal Parenting Places (UPP) offer a sustainable, proactive resource to Shelby County residents that is responsive to parent needs, welcoming to all families, and rooted in evidence-based practice. Learn more about these unique parent support resources, which are located at Knowledge Quest and Baptist Memorial Hospital for Women, and are open to all Shelby County parents at no cost. View … Continue reading Lifting Families UPP!

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    Mayor’s Wharton, Luttrell Dedicate Universal Parenting Places


    Baptist Memorial Healthcare, Knowledge Quest, Front Page

    On April 16, Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell, Jr., Memphis Mayor A C Wharton, international speaker and author Robin Karr-Morse and a host of community leaders, advocates, and families dedicated two Universal Parenting Places (UPPs), judgment-free zones where parents can receive professional counseling, information, and emotional support for family-related issues. The sites, at Baptist Memorial Hospital …..

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    Nation’s First Universal Parenting Places Open in Memphis

    Baptist Memorial Healthcare, Knowledge Quest, Front Page

    (April 16, 2015} Two Universal Parenting Places (UPPs), judgment-free zones where parents can receive professional counseling, information, and emotional support for family-related issues, were dedicated today at Baptist Memorial Hospital for Women and Knowledge Quest. Attendees included Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell, Jr., Memphis Mayor A C Wharton, international speaker and author Robin Karr-Morse and a host of community leaders, advocates and families.

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    Task Force Founder Honored by TN Commission on Children and Youth

    The Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth today honored ACE Center Task Force founder Barbara H. Nixon with the Jim Pryor Child Advocacy Award. The annual award honors a Tennessean who has made a difference in the lives of children.

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    Standing-room-only crowd attends “Getting to our Roots”

    On January 22, in front of a standing-room-only crowd of more than 330 Memphis leaders, advocates and elected officials–including Dept. of Children’s Services Commissioner Jim Henry and Mayors Luttrell and Wharton–the ACE Center Task Force released new data linking chronic exposure to adverse events during childhood to negative adult outcomes in our community. Additionally, we unveiled … Continue reading Standing-room-only crowd attends “Getting to our Roots”

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    ACE Center Task Force To Release New Data, Unveil Pilot Parenting Centers

    On Thursday, January 22, two internationally renowned speakers and a task force representing dozens of the Shelby County’s most respected leaders will release notable new data linking chronic exposure to adverse events during childhood to negative adult outcomes. The event will also feature the unveiling a first-of-its-kind parenting resource intended to prevent those traumatic childhood experiences for … Continue reading ACE Center Task Force To Release New Data, Unveil Pilot Parenting Centers

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    Robin Karr-Morse Stresses Prevention, Challenges Perceptions

    On August 26, Robin Karr-Morse addressed the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Center Task Force with a call to challenge the perception that only those from the poorest families experience childhood trauma. Karr-Morse, a renowned author, therapist and speaker, currently serves as a consultant to the Task Force Executive Committee. “The (traumatic) histories that we don’t … Continue reading Robin Karr-Morse Stresses Prevention, Challenges Perceptions

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    MEDIA: Cynthia Allen encourages WATN-TV viewers to “Answer the Call”

    Community involvement manager at Baptist Memorial Health Care and ACE Center Shelby County Task Force co-chair Cynthia Allen appeared on WATN-TV this week to encourage viewers to participate in this summer’s “Answer The Call” campaign. View and listen to Cynthia’s important message:

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    Shelby County Residents Urged to “Answer the Call”

    This summer, the ACE Center Task Force of Shelby County is asking randomly selected Shelby County residents to “Answer the Call”  by participating in a confidential phone survey, which will gather information to help develop tools to assist parents in protecting their children’s emotional and behavioral health. The ACE (Adverse Childhood Experience) Center Task Force … Continue reading Shelby County Residents Urged to “Answer the Call”

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    VIDEO: Shelby County Mayor Luttrell Endorses ACE Center Effort

    Shelby County Mayor and ex-officio Task Force member Mark Luttrell, Jr. recently expressed his appreciation for the ACE Center Task Force’s effort to provide parents and caregivers with preemptive access to professional support to prevent or reduce challenges to their young children’s emotional and behavioral health.

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    Press Release: Memphis Announced as Site of New Parenting Place Concept

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Local leaders have announced the Greater Memphis community as the future site of two pilot “parenting places” that will focus on providing parents and caregivers with preemptive access to professional support to prevent or reduce challenges to their young children’s emotional and behavioral health. Tennessee First Lady Crissy Haslam, Memphis Mayor AC … Continue reading Press Release: Memphis Announced as Site of New Parenting Place Concept

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    ACE Center Task Force kicks off inaugural meeting

    April 30th marked the inaugural meeting of the 40-member ACE (Adverse Childhood Experiences) Center Task Force of Shelby County. The meeting was held in the Baptist Memorial Health Care boardroom and was attended by Tennessee First Lady Crissy Haslam. First Lady Haslam, Memphis Mayor AC Wharton, Jr., Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell, Jr. serve as ex … Continue reading ACE Center Task Force kicks off inaugural meeting

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