Outreach and Partnerships

The ACE Awareness Foundation partners with organizations, leaders, and service providers in an effort to transform our community by helping parents and caregivers limit or prevent a child’s chronic exposure to trauma. Current strategic outreach partnerships include:

ACEs 101

The Foundation recently provided a first-of-its-kind grant to the University of Memphis to develop ACE curriculum through interdepartmental collaboration with its College of Nursing, School of Public Health, Department of Social Work, College of Education, Law School, Department of Psychology and the University College.

In addition, the grant helps to fund the Policy Lab at U of M Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law to develop model approaches in prevention and wellness related to ACEs for future insurance reimbursements.

Learn more: contact Kiersten Hawes at 901.249.2456.

ACE Aware Community Partnership Initiative

ACE Awareness Foundation education coordinator Kiersten Hawes leads an ACE Aware education workshop training session.
ACE Awareness Foundation education coordinator Kiersten Hawes leads an ACE Aware education workshop training session.

Across Shelby County, organizations and civic leaders are engaging in an educational workshop hosted by the Foundation. The goal of the ACE Aware Community Partnership Initiative is to create trauma-informed citizens that effectively inform the community about the role of emotional trauma in mental, physical and behavioral health; and who seek to provide preventable and sustainable solutions to reducing toxic stress in family systems.

Learn more: contact Kiersten Hawes at 901.249.2456.

Parent Support Warm Line

Understanding the need for real-time parenting help, the Foundation launched the Parent Support Warm Line in June 2016. The Warm Line is a free, go-to reference phone line providing professional guidance and support with dif cult or unclear parenting situations.

The Warm Line (844-UPP-WARM or 844-877-9276) is operational Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. The service is funded by the Foundation and administered by Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital.

Learn more: contact Shandrian Guinn at 901.287.4742.

State of Tennessee “Building Strong Brains” Initiative

In 2015, a three-year statewide community awareness campaign initiated by the Foundation was launched by Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and First Lady Crissy Haslam at the first-ever Tennessee ACE’s Summit.

In addition to Foundation and State of Tennessee leadership, a public and a private sector steering committee has been formed, representing leaders of six state agencies that have some oversight of children’s issues in Tennessee, plus leaders of private foundations, health care organizations and businesses.

Universal Parenting Places

Universal Parenting Places (UPP) provide professional counseling, information and emotional support for family-related issues or concerns, no matter how large or small.  Current UPP locations include Baptist Memorial Hospital for Women, Knowledge Quest, and Perea Preschool in Klondike Elementary. They are open to all families, regardless of income.

Coming soon! The UPP at Christ Community Health Services in Raleigh.

Learn more: contact Ellen Rolfes at 901.249.2456.

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