ACEs Aware, an initiative of the Office of the California Surgeon General and the Department of Health Care Services, offers Medi-Cal providers training, clinical protocols, and payment for screening children and adults for ACEs.
ACEs Connection is supporting communities to accelerate the use of ACEs science to solve our most intractable problems. Describing itself as, “the human and digital catalyst that unites the people, organizations, systems and communities in the worldwide ACEs movement,” the organization, through its website, provides information exchange and resources, and supports local, state and national ACEs initiatives.
The American Association of Pediatrics (AAP) has developed the Trauma Toolkit for Primary Care, a six-part series designed to educate pediatricians about ACEs and provide tools to help providers talk to their patients about them. As part of this toolkit, the AAP has identified a four-step process to help identify children who have experienced or are affected by trauma.
Building Strong Brains Tennessee, launched by Tennessee state government in 2015, is a multiple-stakeholders effort to address adverse childhood experiences and other sources of childhood toxic stress. The initiative seeks to put the knowledge gained from ACEs science to work in Tennessee by spreading awareness, encouraging innovation, and providing training and funding across the state.
The Center for Youth Wellness, founded in 2012 by Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, the current California Surgeon General, is working to translate the science of ACEs and toxic stress into direct clinical practice. The center is also educating parents, caregivers, and practitioners about the urgency of addressing the impact of ACEs on children’s health. Its clinical research program evaluates best practices for ACE assessment as well as interventions to address the effects of toxic stress.
The Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University is a multidisciplinary team committed to driving science-based innovation in policy and practice. Founded in 2006, the center catalyzes local, national, and international innovation in policy and practice focused on children and families. Staff designs, tests, and implements strategies in collaboration with a broad network of research, practice, policy, community, and philanthropic leaders. The center conducts workshops and produces materials in a range of formats, such as A Guide to Toxic Stress, Resilience: How Toxic Stress Affects Us, and What We can Do About It, The Case for Science-Based Innovation in Early Childhood, and In Brief: The Science of Resilience.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website contains a range of ACEs-related information—Fast Facts, a description of the original CDC-Kaiser ACEs study, prevention strategies, the 2019 report Preventing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs):
Leveraging the Best Available Evidence, and other resources. See State ACEs Case Studies for lessons learned from work in Alaska, California, Oklahoma, and Wisconsin.
ChildTrauma Academy, a nonprofit organization based in Houston, Texas, is a community of practice working to improve the lives of high-risk children through education, research and the dissemination of innovation.
The Community Resilience Initiative is focused on creating a community conversant in ACEs and resilience, and promoting action through its multiple partners, agencies, and organizations. CRI is working to institutionalize its community learning through trainings, teaching tools, and conferences.
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network provides information about specific types of trauma, including symptoms and behaviors associated with the trauma, resources for addressing the trauma, and information on evidence-based treatment.
The National Indian Health Board has stated that many Tribal individuals, families, and communities have been impacted by childhood experiences, causing physical and mental health adversities throughout the lifespan. In response, the board has created Information Hub: Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) in Indian Country, which includes a range or ACEs-related information, as well as a technical assistance request form.
The Sycamore Institute is an independent, nonpartisan public policy research center for Tennessee that helps policymakers, the media, and the public understand complex issues that affect and connect Tennesseans’ health and prosperity. Although it does not have a focus on ACEs, the institute has produced several documents related to ACEs in Tennessee, including The Economic Cost of ACEs in Tennessee and How Childhood Experiences Affect Lifelong Health.
ZERO TO THREE, with its mission of ensuring that all babies and toddlers have a strong start in life, offers a collection of resources for both professionals and parents to support the development of positive infant and early childhood mental health.